The Killer App for Property-Wide WiFi

So why would you want to put in property-wide WiFi, what is all this about IOT?

The Internet of Things also known as IOT, is short-hand for all things and devices that connect to the Internet to do different specialized tasks. Amazon Alexa, Apple HomePod, Hue Lighting, these are all IOT. What else? Well smart building management tools such as access control, smart locks, door open close sensors, temperature monitoring (think how can I avoid broken pipes), humidity monitoring (how do I avoid mold), water leak detection, security cameras and so much more, smart HVAC and water heating systems (how do I know ahead of time there is a problem or a filter that needs to be replaced)..

Well the only way to deploy any of these things is if you already have a property-wide WiFi network.  And if you deploy a property-wide WiFi network to handle these items why wouldn’t you also provide amenity Internet and WiFi to your residents? It is already the top amenity that residents want according to every survey and study that has been done recently.  Find out why you need a specialized MDU Provider, not your local phone or cable company.

Maybe the question is well that stuff is all great but I don’t think we need it, it is all a luxury, we have never needed it before to run our property.

Well? How about this, you could install smart thermostats in every apartment. How does that benefit you? The thermostats have occupancy sensors built in, so the temperature can be setback 2-4 degrees when no one is home. Lights and power could be turned off when no one is home (if you want). You could get an alarm anytime a unit’s temperature goes under or over a threshold say, 45 degrees (again think…no broken pipes). You could make set-points so that there are limits on how hot or cold residents can make an apartment. On an empty unit you can maintain minimal environmental controls and maximum energy savings. And all of this can be done remotely.*  In most cases you will see a payback in under a year. Just think of the long term savings. The savings from one broken pipe will pay for the system.

*This can not be done with electric baseboard heat. 

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