Integrating Technology into Your Condo Development

Filed in Business Management, Multifamily, Technology by on July 30, 2018 0 Comments

1 Cross Lane BrisbaneSuppose you are planning a new multifamily development and want to offer buyers competitive design choices beyond countertop choices or various materials for millwork.

How about home technology options? That’s how one Australian developer cornered the market with a new “smart” community.

Look & Listen, an Australian firm that specializes in residential smart-home systems, worked with the Brisbane condo developer who was targeting a demographic right around retirement age with a preference for a modern, minimalist aesthetic.

The developer wanted features that would set these units apart from the competition. The solution? Integrate smart home systems not found in similar developments nearby.

Using a Control4 platform — also available in the United States — Look & Listen delivered an efficient, easy-to-use and secure system. “Additionally, we set out to integrate and control all features available within the condos to work on one system,” said Look & Listen managing director Craig Sampson.

control panel“All subsystems were combined and programmed to work using lighting keypads and wall mount and tabletop touch panels. We also included the ability to control everything from the touch panels in bed, or even communicating internally between floors,” he said.

Lighting, shading, networking (both Wi-Fi and hard wiring) and other systems are all integrated in each unit, and all the controls are synced to one another. For example, if a shade is lowered halfway, all the control devices will “know” the status of that particular window blind.

Other features include security “scenes” designed to deter intruders with flashing lights, as well as an automatic reduction of power consumption when a condo is vacant.

Each condo comes with its own customizable equipment rack. “The wall-mounted racks contain all the necessary field cabling infrastructure and terminations from any kind of cable. The racks have enough space to house all source equipment such as amplifiers, cable boxes, Apple TVs and so on,” Samson said.

Prewiring throughout each unit allows individual residents to add other components wherever they wish, or integrate other devices like smart kitchen appliances into the home.

This NAHBNow guest post is from Ed Wenck, content marketing manager for CEDIA, the industry association where you can find local professionals who design and integrate technology for the connected home.

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