Posts Tagged ‘mdu’

WiFi and Tablets- Two Tech Tools to Leasing Freedom

March 20, 2013

Advances in technology have certainly improved various areas of our professional lives, and streamlined processes which otherwise require much time and resources. Many companies are making the decision to digitize more than ever before; and this is especially evident in the property management realm.

A recent article published by Units Magazine in the March 2013 issue, outlines how management companies are becoming [even stronger] advocates of community-wide WiFi access, in conjunction with implementingImage wireless devices to aid in the leasing process. In the article, author Paul Bergeron III explains that these technological advances are not simply for the larger REITs or national firms, but work favorably for management companies and communities of all sizes. Bergeron follows two management companies in particular throughout his article, Pillar Properties of Seattle, Washington, and Roscoe Properties of Austin, Texas, and documents their experiences concerning the implementation of property-wide technological systems.

Vice President of Pillar Properties, Billy Pettit, explains why their management company decided to install property-wide WiFi access, and what advantages have come of that decision, “Our agents can connect from anywhere on the property: from the underground parking garage to where they are standing on the roof. With our system, they don’t have to ‘sign in’ every time they walk into another part of the property.” He continues to add, “We’re finding that there is a segment of the prospective resident base that would choose not to live with us if we didn’t deliver this kind of connection speed.” For Pillar Properties, technology has drastically helped them to lease and retain renters; Pettit states, regarding a recent 234-unit opening, “It leased in four months (November to February)– which happens to be traditionally four of the slowest leasing months of the year.” For Pillar, it is undeniable that community-wide WiFi and technology advances at the property on the management end have helped to expand and sustain their base of business.

And it is no different for the folks over at Roscoe Properties, either. Vice President of Administration for Roscoe Properties, Steven Rea, said, “From what I see, we are way ahead of most in the country when it comes to applying mobile strategy to our marketing. I see us as being a digital company in an analog business.” He continues on to add, “The tablet has helped improve the agents’ ability to close leases at a moment’s notice– and when the moment is right.” In addition to the ease and readiness of using tablets to streamline the leasing process, Rea firmly believes that using state of the art tablets and technology vs the standardized paper forms, shows residents that their management company is cutting edge and tech-savvy, innovative and ahead of the curve; “They like that”, he concludes.

It is undeniable that we are amidst a technological revolution, and certainly the implementation and use of such technologies is to the advantage for modern businesses. Property-wide WiFi access is becoming an absolute make or break deal for the majority of today’s renters; and certainly the property management sector is headed down a new and exciting technological path. For Rea, his company’s goal is to be 100% paperless by years’ end; for some, this has become common place. For others, this is only the beginning.

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There’s No Place Like Home….A Home With Good Service, That Is

March 6, 2013

There is nothing more frustrating than losing a call after entering a building, and unfortunately there is a direct correlation between the increasing prevalence of “dropped calls”, and the use of “green” construction materials.  While there are various factors which harbor potential to hinder cellular connectivity levels within a structure (ie. location and terrain), a main culprit is the use of LEED Certified building materials. Luckily there is a solution.Image

CellBOOST™ designed to bring cellular signal from outdoors inside a building using strategically placed antennas, is the answer. At a fraction of the cost of an elaborate DAS system, CellBOOST™ provides the level of service residents need, by offering seamless connectivity between outdoors and indoors. In addition to conquering cellular service issues, CellBOOST™ integrates property-wide Wi-Fi, and is Passpoint™/Hotspot 2.0 compatible, as we prepare ourselves for the next wave in Wi-Fi/Cellular technology: Next Generation Hotspots (NGH).

NGH is on the horizon, and quite the exciting advancement for the wireless industry; with the potential to change cellular and Wi-Fi connectivity forever. The Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) is responsible for this program, and it is predicted they will go commercial with their “seamless and secure cellular-to-Wi-Fi” roaming initiative in 2014.

The NGH program has multiple advantages from a design perspective, both for end users and carriers. Customers will experience a seamless, high-quality level of service as their devices automatically connect to the best available network, whether it be Wi-Fi or cellular. Where calls were previously dropped when entering cellularly-challenged buildings, now one’s device (in theory) will automatically connect them to the Wi-Fi network within that building, allowing them to remain on the phone, and also allowing said user to save money, in addition to data-offloading advantages for both the carrier, and user alike.

Carriers involved with the NGH program are in process of testing protocols implemented by the program, which will essentially allow Passpoint™ certified devices, which when connected to Passpoint™ certified equipment, know what network said device is currently using, and if there are better options available. In addition to this, the carrier can then set standards for their particular equipment/networks, which would “channel” users onto certain networks, either cellular or Wi-Fi, at predetermined times of day, or at times when a certain network is perhaps particularly overloaded.

While these advances are all very exciting, and plausible, they are still on the horizon. Combating cellular connectivity problems is an immediate issue, and a major one, at that. Implementing a system such as CellBOOST™ would certainly eliminate any sort of connectivity inadequacies, and also provide money-saving opportunities for residents by taking advantage of data-offload. CellBOOST™, while providing an immediate solution to cellular connectivity problems, utilizes Passpoint™ Certified equipment, for flawless integration in the future.

Crossing the Bridge to Cellular, Energy, and Financial Efficiency

October 24, 2012

It is important for Property Owners to think ahead while building and/or renovating a property for any number of reasons, but as the green movement and the WiFi revolution advance simultaneously there become more obstacles to overcome, and with that, more solutions.
Richard J. Sherwin, CEO of Spot On Networks states, “The typical apartment owner needs to figure out how to solve the cellular wireless problem”, in an article written for Multifamilybiz.com on October 23, 2012. Sherwin continues, adding, “The signal does not penetrate buildings with energy preserving glass.”, which proves a huge hurdle for Property Owners, as they strive for energy efficiency and top notch technology to suit their tenants.


It is no secret that cell service is huge must for today’s renters; Mike Smith, director or Building Technology Services Group for Forest City Enterprises, knows this firsthand. “As residents tour our properties, they’re looking to see if their phones will work,” says Smith in that same article. Smith continues, “We have projects in Washington D.C. and we go out beforehand and have great cell coverage. Then you put the building up and it’s sustainable and LEED-certified and it kills the reception.”
There are a few solutions available today to combat this issue; however, most are extremely expensive and simply out of reach for many Property Owners. One cost efficient solution is to implement a property-wide wireless internet network, which also offers cell phone data transmission. This affords residents seamless cellular connectivity, even if a building is posing as gate-keeper for cell service. Not only that, but your residents will be thrilled with the adjunct of property wide wireless internet.

Wi-Fi News and Technology – The Wi-Fi Revolution™

May 18, 2010

Please visit our new home. We are committed to providing you with up-to-date and accurate news on all things Wi-Fi (wireless).  The Wi-Fi Revolution™ blogs on breaking news in the Wi-Fi industry, Cell-Fi™ (using your Smartphone over Wi-Fi), the latest in Voice Over IP (VoIP) news, wireless technology, Wi-Fi enabled Smartphones, Cellphones and other devices, signaling traffic, data traffic, Wi-Fi as an amenity in MDUs (multi-dwelling units) and all things iPad, iPhone, Android, CALEA,etc.  We are currently in the last few days of our “Win a FREE iPad Contest”.  If you have been thinking of enter go here and enter your “What The Wi-Fi Revolution™ means to me” slogan in 10 words or less.  We will be ending the contest at midnight on Friday, May 21st and the winner will be announced on May 28th.  We have received some GREAT slogans and awesome comments about The Wi-Fi Revolution™!

Spot On Networks and Archstone Announce Partnership Success – Press Release

March 20, 2010

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Design and installation of High Speed Wi-Fi Internet in the common areas of 43 Archstone properties is a success!

New Haven, CT (PRWEB) March 19, 2010 — Spot On Networks, LLC (www.spotonnetworks.com) announced today the successful implementation of the design and installation of High Speed Wi-Fi Internet Access Services in the common areas of 43 apartment communities in Archstone’s portfolio. Spot On and Archstone look forward to the continued development of this partnership.

Archstone, a recognized leader in apartment operations with a portfolio concentrated in many of the most desireable neighborhoods in the nation, now has Spot On’s Cell-FiTM capability in these communities, providing residents that use Smartphones with faster and more cost effective data and voice services. Each of these communities is now iReady, providing residents the capability to use iPhones, iPod Touch and the newly announced iPad over Wi-Fi.

“This partnership has been very beneficial to the successful deployment of multiple communities for this much desired amentiy fo our residents,” said Aaron Moeller, telecommunications development analyst at Archstone. “Spot On’s ability to deliver a full turn-key solution creates a one-stop shop. In addition, this service allows our staff to worry less about the installation and maintenance of their Wi-Fi service and more on the day-to-day needs of our residents. The 24-hour support provides peace of mind that someone is always there to help with technical needs.”

Richard Sherwin, CEO of Spot On Networks stated: “We are pleased at the successful outcome of this partnership and look forward to continuing to provide the highest quality technical solutions for Archstone. Our goal is to continue to seek solutions in this ever changing technical arena. We strive to provide personalized world-class customer service and veiw our partnership as critical to the success of the deployment of each project.”

About Spot On Networks
Spot On Networks is the largest service provider of high speed Wi-Fi Internet to the multifamily housing industry. Utilizing various technologies, Spot On Networks provides high speed Wi-Fi capabilities throughout a residential complex that replace the need for DSL or Cable Modem services while providing complete mobility and faster service within that complex.

About Archstone
Archstone is a recognized leader in apartment investment and operations. The company’s portfolio is concentrated in many of the most desirable neighborhoods in and around Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, New York, Seattle and Boston. Archstone strives to provide great apartments and great service to its customers – backed by service guarantees. As of December 31, 2009, the company owned or had an ownership position in 442 communities located in the United States and Europe, representing 82,829 units, including untis under construction. Utilizing this tremendous amount of expertise and industrial knowledge, Archstone now also offers comprehensive advisory services to owners and lenders who want to maximize the value of their assets through Archstone Real Estate Advisory Services.

Contact: Shirley Eis, Director
Phone: + 1 203 523 5210

Reviews on the iPad

February 5, 2010

It’s been about a week and news, magazines, websites and (of, course) the blogs have been taking to their keyboards to weigh in on the iPad.  Reviews seem to be ranging from “I can’t wait to get my hands on one” to “What A Snore…”.  It seems to me, however, that reviews aside – this thing is going to be hot and pretty soon media outlets (websites, news organizations, etc.) are going to be scrambling to get their content formatted for the iPad in the same way that they did for the iPhone. 

The question still remains, though, how the heck is AT&T going to support, what will probably be a iPad-craze, over it’s already struggling 3G network.  We now know that AT&T 3G is struggling with supporting data usage, but with newssites now using words like: “iPad could ‘cripple’ 3G data network…”  As the Techword.com article mentions, “it is hard to imagine how AT&T will handle any additional influx in data demand on its already faltering network. AT&T’s issues with data speeds and 3G availability, and the finger-pointing as to whether AT&T or the iPhone itself is to blame have been a point of contention for months.”

It is obvious here that the solution is Wi-Fi networking and Cell-Fi, which allows the user to use their iPad, iPhone, Smartphone, Laptop, Netbook, etc. over Wi-Fi with faster data tranfer and, in the instance of the Smartphone, allows for voice use over Wi-Fi without the use of cell minutes.  Spot On covers more than 800,000 units across the country with their Wi-Fi networks. 

The next few months will be interesting and when the iPad hits, the Spot On Network will be ready to support fast data transfer with the device.  Spot On will be iReady when you are!