Dwelo’s web and mobile software, which currently offers apartment dwellers the ability to control smart devices such as light switches, thermostats and door deadbolts for their individual units, will be adding features to manage access to common areas of their building or community, such as entry gates, gym and laundry facilities.
These spaces will be secured by PDK’s cloud access control solution, pdk.io. The administrative software interface, not visible to residents, will enable management to establish and enforce authorized hours of use for common facilities.
An audit trail will report all traffic into the property. When residents move out, their access to unit, common and perimeter access is deactivated, eliminating the risks that accompany traditional keys, says PDK.
Residents will also be able to unlock perimeter and common doors or gates using the same mobile app they use to control their apartments. In addition, they can use their phones or computers to generate temporary, one-time credentials that allow visitors, delivery and service people to gain access as needed.
The companies say they see an opportunity to serve a large and generally neglected market sector — apartment renters who want the same smart home technological conveniences as today’s homeowners and seek out communities that offer those smart home solutions.
“Dwelo is thrilled to be partnering with such an innovative company as PDK. PDK is a technology leader in the electronic access control space, and Dwelo and its customers are already benefitting from their forward-thinking approach to access,” said Mike Rovito, CEO, Dwelo. “The consolidation of smart home control and perimeter and common area access control, in one platform, is a powerful marriage for multifamily property owners. We look forward, with PDK, to crafting more solutions that address the specific needs of these customers.”
The Dwelo/PDK solution is available for both new construction and retrofits. After the initial per-unit installation charge, the system is subscription based.