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Insights from OPTECH Workshop on Access Control

Updated: Jan 23

Workshop on Access Control

At the recent OPTECH Workshop on Access Control, experts gathered to discuss the evolving landscape of access control in multifamily housing. The panel featured authors from the Real Estate Technology Alliance (RETA) alongside distinguished representatives from leading access control providers, including Cyrus Claffey from ButterflyMX, Robert Gaulden from Zentra Access Solutions, Kevin DeMattio from Invictus XP, Noel Arvizu of ADT Multifamily, and Lee Miller from Brivo. The discussion was moderated by Craig Maness from Greystar. This enlightening event provided valuable insights into the future of access control. Here are some key takeaways:

Embracing the New Wave of Access Control

Traditional methods of controlling access to buildings and units are no longer sufficient. Access control is undergoing a transformation in multifamily housing, and it's crucial to keep pace with these changes.

Three Types of Access Control Journeys

Access control is not a one-size-fits-all solution. It impacts three primary groups:

  1. Property management staff: Those responsible for managing properties.

  2. Residents: Those who live in these properties.

  3. Visitors: Including delivery personnel and service providers.

Each group has unique access needs, and Livly recognizes this. We've introduced Livly Key, a versatile solution designed to meet the requirements of all these groups, ensuring swift and convenient access for everyone.

Dealing with Access Control Challenges

Access control can be complex, especially when dealing with various vendors and their specific requirements. It's essential to ask the right questions and make informed decisions:

  • Can your system support a comprehensive end-to-end access control solution?

  • Is a cloud-based mobile access control system the answer to remote building management and self-guided tours?

  • How will integration challenges be managed?

  • Does the property have Wi-Fi connectivity?

  • Is Cat5 cabling required?

  • Will the building's demographic embrace new technology?

  • How can you provide both security and convenience simultaneously?

Cyrus Claffey of ButterflyMX emphasized the importance of having "one system to give you master control over every door." Lee Miller from Brivo highlighted their cloud-based system with an open API, which facilitates integration with other solutions, allowing partners to provide additional resident experiences such as amenity bookings.

Access control in multifamily housing is in its early stages, and the market offers numerous fragmented solutions. Initiating a dialogue and adopting a strategic implementation approach are essential. Access control systems should not only ensure security but also provide data insights for future property enhancements, such as expanding a gym or repurposing space based on usage patterns. Effective communication with builders and property management teams from the beginning is vital to avoid installing systems that might later be removed due to a lack of awareness.

How to Measure Success

The workshop emphasized key metrics to evaluate the effectiveness of access control systems:

  • Define the property's goals.

  • Ensure the system is built on a robust platform.

  • Evaluate whether the system delivers the promised convenience.

  • Assess whether the system provides long-term cost savings.

A Journey, Not a Destination

Access control is a dynamic field that continuously evolves with technological advancements. Staying up-to-date with the latest rules and tech trends is essential for success. The OPTECH Workshop on Access Control reinforced Livly's mission to simplify property management, particularly in controlling access to residential buildings.

Our goal is to make multifamily living more convenient and efficient.

To learn more about our access control solutions, schedule a call with our team.

Our platform is designed to remain ahead of the curve, embracing cutting-edge tech trends like artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things (IoT). Livly is uniquely positioned to automate the management of these systems through our integrations with PMS platforms. Get ready to unlock the future of access control with Livly!

To download the white paper presented at the workshop, click here.


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