Multifamily Housing and the Associated Security Challenges

Thanks to smart-home advances, today's multifamily inhabitants may enjoy all of the advantages of city living without sacrificing comfort, efficiency, or security.

Fremont, CA: Individual people and cities as a whole benefit from multifamily living in urban areas on social, economic, and environmental levels. After a surge in demand following the 2008 financial crisis, demand for multifamily housing has been robust ever since. Generations Y and Z are the most urbanized adult population, and they drive much of the desire for compact living in urban areas. Even though younger generations are going through the changes, the end effect gets projected to be a more secure and convenient living environment for everyone.

Increased density brings new issues. As we densify, homes must remain secure, comfortable, and energy-efficient. The demand for technological breakthroughs in home automation and smart-living solutions has surged among tech-savvy Millennials and Gen Z, which can assist in smooth the transition to high-density living. The global market for home automation will grow from 48 billion dollars in 2018 to 102 billion dollars by 2025.

Safety and security are always crucial in single-family and multifamily dwellings. Still, they are more challenging to provide in a large complex with many people arriving and going at any given moment. Consumer desires have fueled the potential to integrate safety and security with other areas of everyday life such as entertainment, lighting, and HVAC in a single location. A centralized digital solution currently available is an app that can serve as a cloud-based access control system that can be combined with a solution aggregator for other 'devices' such as thermostats, appliances, and leak detectors.

Another problem is managing entry to the building itself, which may get done digitally using the exact cloud-based access control solutions. For example, residents can use the app to offer a digital key to permit entry and subsequently revoke access as needed in a high-traffic building like today's multifamily complexes, which see frequent visits from delivery employees and other services, in addition to residents and guests.

However, safety and protection should not end at your front entrance. The same automation capabilities (together with face recognition) get used to secure building entrances and even street lights. According to studies, even the presence of strong locks and entrance systems can deter criminals, and dependable doors are essential to facility security. Once outside, clever sensors enable a new type of energy-efficient street light to turn on or off in response to pedestrian movement.

Recent technological breakthroughs have enabled the creation of coherent multifamily living options for now and the future. As a result, today's multifamily inhabitants may enjoy all of the advantages of city living without sacrificing comfort, efficiency, or security, thanks to smart-home advances.

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