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Choosing the Best Video Intercom System For An Apartment Building

Visitor management systems are a property investment that foster a resilient residential building. Making the right choice that meets the specific needs of any building can be overwhelming, let alone making sure it aligns with tenant culture and dynamic. Below are the most important considerations when looking for the best video intercom system for secure visitor management in any apartment building.  Best Intercom System for Apartments Hardware The main distinction between hardware for an apartment intercom system is a wireless or wired. Both have their benefits and their drawbacks. Wireless video intercom systems are seamless, without requiring the need to install anything more than the monitor itself. However, environmental factors can interfere with connectivity, range, and quality. While wired systems require more leg work from installation, they make up for it in convenience and reliability. Video intercom systems typically receive better connectivity and resolution with wired systems as well.  Line of Communication Apartment intercom systems can have as simple as one line of communication to the front desk, lobby, or reception. Alternatively, they can reach each individual unit, or even each individual tenant with the advances in mobile credential and cloud-based systems.  Calling Capability Two-way intercom, as opposed to one-way intercom, lets the occupant and the visitor interact. Video intercom, as opposed to strictly audio, also enables a face-to-face interaction with the visitor. This is great for security purposes as it provides ID verification with appropriate social distancing.  Scalability Scalability, while it does benefit tenants, is primarily a feature for property......
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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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Doorbell Camera Films Three Shocking Events – It’s Worth being Secure

Doorbell Camera Films Three Shocking Events – It’s Worth being Secure
TRIGGER WARNING: In this year alone there have been various incidents including home and office break-ins, vandalism, kidnappings, rapes, and even murders. It’s no secret that the growth rate of crime has consistently raised as criminals become smarter than the locks on property owners’ front doors. There are numerous happenings that have taken place that have not been caught on camera and therefore have allowed the criminal(s) or even natural disasters to “get away with” their crimes or mishaps. Consider a few of the alarming events that have taken place just this year, but were thankfully caught on a doorbell camera, giving emergency response teams and law enforcement the means necessary to manage the situations. Doorbell Camera Films Man Stealing Package from Doorstep KGUN9 ABC News in Tuscan, AZ reported early in March that a doorbell camera caught a young man lifting a package from a resident’s front doorstep. The man was unaware at the time that the resident, identified in the news report as Dennis Vroegh, streamed and saved all activity on his doorstep directly to his smartphone. After tossing the package into the back of his car, the man came back to the door to ring the doorbell camera and ask Vroegh if he was interested in receiving lawn services. Not long later, Vroegh reviewed the footage and caught the suspect himself, who then returned the package of Keurig coffee filters, worth a mere $14. Although the package value in this instance was minimal, imagine the issues that could be avoide......
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5 Tips to Design an Apartment Building for Millennials

5 Tips to Design an Apartment Building for Millennials
At this point in time, the large majority of millennials have left the nest, graduated college, landed a steady job, and many have even chosen a lifetime career path to follow. But it’s no secret that choosing the home of their dreams may come later in life. It’s about that time when millennials are searching for a long time home that will meet their housing desires and provide a number of features that some baby boomers would turn their nose up at; and possibly for good reason! Millennials have grown to appreciate a number of crazes that just didn’t exist before the 21st century. Here are a few things to keep in mind when researching how to design an apartment building for millennials: 1) Modern design A simple rule to follow when designing an apartment building that targets millennials is to keep the design modern and simple. This is often defined by straightforward modern art pieces, large windows allowing a significant amount of natural lighting into the home, clean-lined architecture with almost over exaggerated asymmetry and right angled corners, bold colors such as white, silver, gray, black and red. Open floor plans are also sought after with high rise ceilings, giving a free, accessible feeling at all times. 2) Innovative amenities Millennials may not have as much time to party as they once had, but the occasional (or weekend) gathering with friends is often desired. A modern pool and patio gathering area, a lobby restaurant and bar, a member with guest acces......
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Multifamily Building Entry System Choice Affects Investor ROI

Multifamily Building Entry System Choice Affects Investor ROI
A high return on investment is largely sought after in the multifamily housing industry. Investors often flock to opportunities where the numbers show best returns over time. With the growing need for housing throughout North America, why not choose an investment venture in the multifamily industry? It certainly has its ROI benefits and almost always delivers when projects are planned and completed properly. Yet surprisingly, one of the less obvious and overlooked areas that really helps drive a higher return on investment in the multifamily industry is the building entry system that is chosen, and here’s why: Tenants pay more for video enabled building entry system It’s true. Tenants will actually anticipate and accept a higher monthly rent or mortgage payment when given the security and use of a more valuable building entry system. Consider the choice of video intercom with keyless entry versus apartment intercom with key entry (voice only). Even tenants can easily determine a system’s general cost and overall value when it comes to choosing a residence. With video entry, tenants can keylessly enter their building using key fob, card access or code access methods and grant guests access from the comfort of their living room. Security is also enhanced with the ability to visually identity visitors through a video monitor and avoid the accidental allowance of a burglar. Voice only intercoms have security loopholes that can easily be breached by the cunning criminal, therefore devaluing the building’s access control and security as a whole. In regards to actual ......
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