Axis Communications: Antiquated Intercom, Changing Building Security Technologies and Historic Brownstones and Commercial Buildings

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BOSTON— While many of the high-end high rises feature the latest in building security technology, antiquated legacy intercom systems at several historic brownstones are beginning to fail.

In an exclusive video interview with Boston Real Estate Times, Craig Szmania, Business Development Manager at Chelmsford, MA-based Axis Communications, talks about the latest in building security technology and antiquated legacy intercom systems in historic brownstones and commercial buildings.

To watch the full interview, please click here, or on the image below.

Mr. Szmania says that news tech products are aesthetically retrofitted to the multi-unit brownstones and easily used by tenants who might not be very technically savvy. He talks about a special case study about a portfolio managed Urban Property Management, which maintains a portfolio of more than one hundred upscale condominium properties in Boston.

After fielding multiple complaints about the intercom and video systems in its older properties, Urban Property Management decided it was time to invest in new, more advanced technology. The challenge was to find a solution that could be aesthetically retrofitted to the multi-unit brownstones and easily used by tenants who might not be very technically savvy.

Mr. Szmania says his firm was able to solve the problem with the following results:

  • IP HD-quality audio makes it easier to hear visitors amidst background noise of a busy city.
  • Wide-angle, HD camera allows tenants to visually assess the visitor and the surrounding area before unlocking the door.
  • Digital touchpads and RFID readers allow residents the option of keyless entry with fobs and pin codes that can also be programmed for trusted delivery and service people to use.