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Why Designing Modern Properties Requires Thoughtful Access Control

Why Designing Modern Properties Requires Thoughtful Access Control
Why Designing Modern Properties Requires Thoughtful Access Control   Until recently, access control into and around rental properties was considered a basic necessity, a line item that didn’t need any in-depth thought or design work. As long as locks took keys, intercoms buzzed people in, and keypads worked with codes or fobs, access control remained an integral — if not unremarkable — property design element.   But technology is changing all that with connected solutions that enable modern necessities like keyless curb-to-couch entry, secure package delivery, and unattended showings. These indicate that rental property management staff and owners should expect access control to be both a necessity and an amenity. The good news is that it’s relatively simple and cost-effective to implement new connected access systems into new construction and existing buildings.   How to Think About Access as Part of a Property’s Natural, Unique Layout   Below are some of the most common use cases we saw in 2020 that we think will continue to grow in 2021, along with insights around feasibility and ROI.   1. Resident doors: Keyless locks at resident doors not only enable a smart property experience for residents, but also provide major conveniences for both residents and property staff. For one, connected keyless entry makes easy-to-lose physical keys unnecessary. This eliminates the costs for key management systems and the time and money spent managing keys — which can take upward of 20 minutes per work order. It also removes the liability, safety, and cost issues that come up whe......
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Touchless Access Control Increases Multifamily Building Security

It is no secret that property managers are not only responsible for their buildings, but also the safety of those inside of them. So, it makes sense that anyone managing a commercial or residential property is well-versed in access control systems. Since COVID-19, however, there has been a drastic shift in the way we approach building security. More emphasis is now placed on maintaining health, wellness, and safety. Property managers are faced with new challenges to create healthy environments without sacrificing safety and security. Recently, innovations in touchless access control have helped to solve that problem, benefiting both property managers, tenants, and visitors.  A Shift in the Access Control Industry  Since before the pandemic, there has been a subtle shift in the access control industry. Property managers and tenants want more accessible and flexible solutions to apartment building entry. Key cards and key fobs, which preceded the traditional lock and key, were already becoming outdated. Then, COVID-19 hit.    Those with legacy access control systems were feeling the heat, as dated systems did not align with the environment we suddenly found ourselves in. Social distancing rules made navigating lobbies, mailrooms, and other shared multi-tenant spaces almost impossible. Keys, door handles, and elevator buttons all harbored potentially transmissible disease. An access control system upgrade was no longer an amenity, it was a necessity.  Touchless Building Access Touchless building access control has been a new concept and thus relatively unknown. In short, these solutions allow tenants to enter their residential building without physical......
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Video Intercom Benefits Tenants & Investors

Video Intercom Benefits Tenants & Investors
Many investors, architects and builders in the multifamily apartment industry are not aware that choosing video intercom can benefit both tenants and investors. For those who have not seen video intercom used as a multifamily apartment building entry system, read on and consider the tangible benefits that video intercom offers. Video Intercom offers Better Security to Tenants & Investors’ Property Better security means fewer break ins, robberies, and lawsuits. Tenants will appreciate the added security that video intercom offers to them and their families. Investors reap benefits that result such as tenant satisfaction, lower overhead costs resulting from property damage, and better respect for the property in general. Video Entry offers Visual & Keyless Access Control for Tenants To build off of the last point, it’s extremely important for large buildings to have proper access control. Video entry allows tenants to visually identify all visitors requesting entry. Some video entry systems can store and timestamp images to allow future reviewing of those who have entered the facility. Video entry even allows keyless entry to residents for a quick and secure way to come and go from the building. Video Intercom Systems Attract & Retain Renters It’s no secret that millennials are quickly becoming the largest group of renters over the next century. In order to attract this age group of tenants and retain them for many years to come, there are certain ways to cater to millennials. Video intercom systems being one of those attractions, here are 5 Tips to Design an Ap......
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