When you want to purchase a residential property, it is necessary to check the quality, the location of the development, the differentiated finish, and comfort items, which also weigh heavily in the choice. However, there is another important factor that currently takes the lead at the moment of decision: safety.
And no less! The investment in security in condominiums not only protects the property of the residents but also keeps the most precious asset that one can have, the family, safe and sound.
With that in mind, we list nine of the most modern solutions for security in condominiums — many of them are already available in high-end developments. Let’s meet them?
Biometric identification can be used both in a traditional concierge model — with face-to-face guards — and in a remote concierge system. The technology consists of using unique characteristics of individuals, such as fingerprints or iris shapes, to identify them.
Therefore, the fingerprints of the building’s residents and employees must be previously registered in a register of persons authorized to enter the site — the most common method in condominiums. In this way, it is possible to establish permissions to use elevators or even to circulate in certain spaces. The biggest advantage of this tool is that, unlike password security, it is impossible to transfer or share access with third parties.
2. Identification of plates
In order to improve safety, it is not just people who must be identified. It is also necessary to register the vehicles of residents and visitors. Equipment similar to those used in traffic control can be installed at the entrance to the garage of the buildings, allowing the quick identification of license plates and, if there is official authorization, the integration of data with the traffic agencies. This allows for quick action in the event of suspicious vehicles – or unauthorized – entering the condominium, and also in the event of theft and robbery of vehicles.
3. Video Analytics
Closed Circuit TV (CCTV) is already widely known—and the scene of a person in a room full of screens, analyzing all the images, is easily formed in our minds. But what if the images are analyzed by software? That’s what Video Analytics proposes.
Based on a previous analysis of the routine and with the recognition of people and vehicles that circulate through the condominium, specialized software analyzes patterns and manages to identify suspicious and unusual movements in the building’s routine, triggering the security center. It is a system that offers a much faster response in the event of problems.
4. Mobile monitoring
Another very interesting form of surveillance is mobile monitoring. Like home automation — which allows you, for example, to turn the lights on and off in your home wherever you are — this form of monitoring makes it possible to follow what happens in your home from your cell phone. It is without a doubt a valuable resource when it comes to condominium security!
These small remote-guided flying machines are so versatile that they are already being used to make home deliveries. And the main use of drones today is in filming, as they allow shooting from angles unreachable by other means.
And it is this attribute that draws attention to its use in surveillance, ensuring security in condominiums. The fact that it is guided from a distance keeps the lookout safe and mobility allows it to sweep large tracts of terrain — which eliminates a major problem in camera monitoring: the blind spot.
6. Cameras attached to guards
Most high-end developments have the armored guardhouse as one of the main elements to ensure the safety of those who live and work in the condominium. Thus, it is possible to have a doorman or security guard who will have direct contact with everyone who enters and leaves the building.
In this case, security depends on the correct handling of critical situations by the guard. With a camera attached to the lapel or cap, security guards can have a useful tool for identifying intruders and malicious people.
7. Remote Concierge
The remote entrance is an innovation that offers continuous and efficient control in the entry and exit of people in a building, but it is suitable for places with less movement. For this reason, and also because it represents a high operating cost, it is recommended that unit owners decide together whether or not to implement this modality of the ordinance.
This technology uses a large electronic apparatus — a circuit of cameras, presence sensors, and a voice system — connected, via the Internet, to a monitoring center where specialized professionals monitor the movement of the condominium 24 hours a day. In the event of a power failure, the entire set is powered by batteries or generators, ensuring constant and uninterrupted surveillance.
8. Super alarm
Although more than one resource is used to increase the security of the condominium — with control and registration of access of people and vehicles and 24-hour monitoring by various means —, one must think of devices to be activated in the event of an invasion.
The super alarm is the evolution of a widely used resource. Like common alarms, it is triggered by sensors that detect the presence of strangers, but the difference is in the sound emitted. With a power exceeding 100 decibels, this system causes discomfort that makes it impossible to remain in the environment.
9. Security smoke
Like the deafening sound of the alarm, security smoke is triggered by the presence of sensors and is intended to repel intruders. As soon as the unwanted presence is detected, a smokescreen is released, hindering the visibility and permanence of these people in the place.
All these devices are the latest to ensure security in condominiums. As mentioned, some of these tools and innovations are already made available by the best builders in their high-end projects. So, this is a very important point to consider when purchasing your next property.
However, if you do not have any of these technologies in your building, but consider its implementation essential, discuss the matter with the other unit owners in an assembly. Surely you will decide what is best for everyone.
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