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Geokey Bridging the Way to Autonomous Communities
By Geokey Marketing Team | September 25, 2023
What comes to mind when you think about managing a multifamily apartment complex? It could be keeping track of hundreds of residents, maintaining rooms, the amenities they interact with, or other housekeeping issues such as utilities or Wi-Fi. At Geokey, we focus a lot on the benefits we bring to the multifamily market, especially when it comes to convenience for residents and managers and making keys and fobs obsolete. While that is important, our platform has so much more to offer than just access control: we offer a transformation in the multifamily sphere by creating Autonomous Communities.
What Exactly is an Autonomous Community?
Geokey CEO Brandon Peterson recently wrote about this concept, saying that an "Autonomous Community means no property manager needs to be on site. It is a self-run property with technological enhancements that can still communicate with the residents and still grant a good experience. It can be managed by a regional property manager rather than one per community."
In a recent poll conducted by Multifamily Insider, over 65% of respondents answered that one of the biggest hurdles facing multifamily properties is staffing, with the second highest being budgeting at 16%. Having an Autonomous Community allows managers to run their properties remotely without having dedicated managerial staff, Wi-Fi, or equipment on-site. Geokey's platform can bring all this and enable regional managers to operate numerous sites without stepping foot on any of them.
What do we mean when we say that Geokey offers true remote management? Geokey gives property managers control of the following:
- Key Distribution: Managers can seamlessly send geokeys, which is the digital credential that grants permission to access approved doors, to residents' phones when their move-in day arrives and take it away when their lease expires. Geokeys can be given and taken away manually or through automation, thanks to the Geokey platform. No more rekeying locks, copying keys, or manually updating credentials on readers: everything is automatically taken care of.
- No On-Site Equipment: As Geokey runs through Microsoft Azure and the Cloud, you won't need a server room or complex-wide Wi-Fi to manage your access points. Credentials are safely stored in Azure, and all residents need to do is tap on the Geokey app to open whichever doors you grant them access to.
- Multi-Site Management: The Geokey platform allows managers to control access to multiple sites simultaneously. Users, doors, and integrated hardware can all be managed and thoroughly organized across any number of sites and locations!
The Future of Smart Integrations
As Geokey continues to grow as a company, our solution expands far beyond access control. We are able to provide residents and managers with a more well-rounded experience by integrating with smart technology along with reliable hardware and software partners. This takes the form of:
- Remote Leasing
- Mobile Based Intercoms
- Water Leak Detection
- Smart Thermostats
- Maintenance Requests
All of these listed and more are possible through utilizing smart technology to help create a fully autonomous community. If you want to learn about how Geokey is utilizing smart technology to bring this concept into reality, check out Brandon Peterson’s article on The 5 Essential Components to an Autonomous Community. The future is bright when it comes to how communities can leverage smart technology, and Geokey is working to bring that future into the present day!
If you would like to help be a part of that journey or learn more about how Geokey can revolutionize your business, visit our website or schedule a quick 20-30 minute awareness call with one of our amazing team members. We would love to show you what Geokey can do!
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