MOST OF THE COMMUNITY INTRANETS that builders have rolled out do a good job of letting homeowners form clubs or sign up for a golf game online, but very few manage security rights well, and even fewer integrate with a homeowner's consumer electronics and home automation system.
Now, Simplikate—maker of Techcierge, an outsourced, Web-based management system for luxury condos and master planned communities—has joined forces with home automation vendor AMX to offer a system that does it all.
Techcierge, integrated with AMX's Amenity Solution, comes with a touch-panel that lets homeowners grant access to guests and workmen, watch or listen to consumer electronics devices, and even do household tasks such as opening blinds and shades.
“The system lets a homeowner send a guest list over a PC to a front desk or security desk, view a picture of the guest on a touchpanel as they enter the complex, [and] then set the lighting and audio playlists for when the guests arrive,” says Tushar Patel, CEO and founder of Simplikate.
Techcierge is offered in a good-better-best format: Good is the Techcierge service alone, which costs the HOA $5 to $10 a month per unit. Better is a computer server with Techcierge and the AMX software. The builder pays about $80,000 for the server, and the association pays $20 a month per unit for the service and use of the server. Best is Techcierge with the server and a touchpanel preinstalled. Touch-panels run from $2,500 to $3,000. Most builders who opt for the best solution negotiate a rebate on consumer electronics products purchased by home buyers.
Patel says Simplikate and AMX have had the most success selling to large condo and townhome projects in Miami and Las Vegas. Techcierge has been installed in projects by large developers such as The Related Group of Florida, Royal Palm Developers, and Fortune International, but Patel says home builders can apply many of the features of Techcierge and extend AMX home control to standard single-family master planned communities.
Here are the core features of Techcierge that may appeal to home builders:
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Learn more about markets featured in this article: Las Vegas, NV.