Wednesday, September 30, 2020

CASE STUDY: How Ginsburg Development Company Manages The Reopening Of Their Amenities - With BuildingLink!

Re-opening Common Areas In A Pandemic:

"Avery and the entire BuildingLink Team were incredibly helpful as we began to set up our processes and procedures for the reopening of our amenities. They worked diligently and quickly with all of our Property Managers - across our entire portfolio - to ensure that our reopening was successful and safe."

      - Brian Dashnaw | GDC Director of Property Management

The Issues:

In July, Brian of GDC reached out to BuildingLink on behalf of his 12-property portfolio. After months of full closure of all the common spaces, such as pools, fitness centers, and community rooms, there was an urgent need to begin shaping some sort of plan for the safe reopening of these facilities - a plan that was compliant with all the local regulations and pandemic best-practices for social-distancing.

A list of requirements was compiled, which included (a) gathering the necessary attestations of health from residents looking to use the facilities, (b) limiting the maximum number of residents using a space at a given time, and (c) distributing access to limited resources equally and fairly across all residents.

The Solution:

The BuildingLink Support Team crafted customized suggestions and implementations to meet GDC's goals of a smooth and controlled reopening, which included implementing some of these useful platform features:

  • Rolling out a slotted, limited-quantity reservation structure for previously "Come one, come all" spaces, like pools and fitness centers.
  • Implementing mandatory liability waiver consents regarding compliance with health regulations, for all residents placing reservations.
  • Tweaking the rules regarding advance reservations, to guarantee that new reservations slots opened up each day.

The GDC portfolio also includes special situations where pools and other amenities are shared across multiple properties. BuildingLink's "Shared Amenities" functionality allowed for these new rules to be applied seamlessly across all buildings and all residents seeking to access these common spaces.

Service Uninterrupted:

Introducing these and other changes helped GDC smoothly reopen their facilities. Similar "reopening adjustments" were undertaken with many of our 5,000+ properties and property managers. Please contact us at support@buildinglink.com if you could use some help in optimizing your property's settings.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Whole-Building In-Apartment Leak-Detection Is Now A Reality

Whole-Building In-Apartment Leak-Detection Is Now A Reality

Introducing: LoRaWAN
Among the various sensor solutions that Aware™ by BuildingLink has pioneered for the last four years, we have been working diligently on an effective, reasonably-priced solution to whole-building leak-detection – that could cover dozens of apartments, and even 1,000+ sensors  – based on a special wireless technology called **[LoRaWAN](https://lora-alliance.org/about-lorawan)**. LoRaWAN makes it possible to distribute dozens, hundreds, or even a thousand wireless leak-detector sensors into your building’s apartments, common areas, mechanical rooms – and to be alerted immediately when a leak occurs.

Up until now, implementing a sensor solution involving hundreds of sensors relied upon local wireless technologies – with ranges of 50-100 feet. Technologies like WiFi, Bluetooth, Zigbee and Z-wave required the installation of many local gateways (several per floor) throughout the building, and also demanded complicated pairing and provisioning of sensors. But with BuildingLink’s adoption of LoRaWAN, it is now possible to deploy with only a few gateways, and sensors that require nothing more than simply being turned on. It is an exciting, cost-effective, and powerful technology solution.

Detecting your Water Leaks Early On is Key to Damage Mitigation
As you know, water damage is the single biggest insurance claim area in residential buildings, and insurance costs and minimum deductibles for water damage coverage has been skyrocketing! A number of our clients – who have had significant water claims history – find that they cannot get insurance at any price, and are basically self-insuring. Fortunately, there is a better way to control water leak liabilities – and we believe that BuildingLink’s “Whole-Building Leak-Detection” solution is the answer!

Where does your building incur its water damage? Well, wherever it is, our leak sensors can be deployed there! In bathrooms, underneath sinks, dishwashers, and washing machines, in PTAC units or water heater closets, in your mechanical rooms...anywhere! Where leaks and damage can occur, our sensors can monitor - for water presence, as well as changes in humidity and temperature.

Whole-Building Detection – Cost Considerations:
What does it typically cost to outfit a building with leak sensors? In addition to a one-time cost of acquiring sensors (typically $60-70 per sensor), and LoRaWAN gateways, there is a small monthly fee. You can deploy a small cluster of 15 sensors in a mechanical area for as little as $100 per month, and 800 sensors (4 per apartment, for a 200-unit building) for $2,000 per month. With a single water damage claim averaging $12,000, and many claims exceeding $100,000 (not counting all the time and headaches of repair and restoration), whole building leak sensors make sense!

About Aware by BuildingLink
Aware is a division of BuildingLink that provides technologies that unlock building data and grant property managers the actionable insights needed to help reduce costs and improve the quality of life for residents and staff. Aware’s smart sensor solutions identify problems in buildings such as water leaks, mechanical system failures, elevators in need of repair, monitor noise situations, manage parking systems, and much more.

For questions and inquiries contact: aware@buildinglink.com

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Aware by BuildingLink and Carson Living integrate Smart Sensor Platform



The integration allows Carson Living customers to view smart sensor data and receive sensor alerts from the Aware Smart Sensor platform

Aware by BuildingLink, a leading provider of cloud-based sensor solutions for smart buildings announce an integration with Carson 24/7 remote doorman service and, the one app resident experience for unstaffed and partially staffed multi-family properties.

The integration provides the ability for Carson customers to manage Aware by BuildingLink smart sensor data such as leak detection, mechanical systems monitoring, door ajar, and occupancy monitoring from within the Carson application environment. Sensors can be managed, monitored, and configured by property managers and received within Carson. Additionally, alerts can be configured by property managers to be sent to the recipient of their choice.

Read the entire press release here

Monday, March 23, 2020

Tracking Extreme Social Distancing with Aware Sensors


Looks like Wednesday at the gym never arrived!

Last week’s Fitness Center usage completely flatlined by Tuesday afternoon, and was non-existent by Wednesday -- looks like the world (or at least BuildingLink residents) are complying with the recommendations to be socially distant, and are shutting down their gyms.

See below two graphs of aggregated data across 30 Fitness Center buildings with  “Aware” sensors. You'll notice in the last green bar on the Total Hours of Usage graph, and in the Usage by Day of Week Word Cloud graph (There is NO Wednesday!)



Want to learn more about our sensors and unlock hidden data in your building? Contact us at aware@buildinglink.com or visit our site at www.buildinglink.com/aware

Monday, February 24, 2020

What’s New for your Lobby and Mailroom Displays? Plenty!


Complete redo of our digital signage module features:
  • contemporary designs,
  • engaging content widgets
  • an easy drag-and-drop interface.
For the many buildings using BuildingLink’s public display function, whether for mailroom package notifications, amenity space reservations, event calendars and dashboards, or other digital signage purposes, we are happy to inform you that BuildingLink has now put a new “face” on your property’s displays.

Our new Public Display interface is being released in stages over the next weeks, and it features easily customizable contemporary designs you can stylize to your liking, and the ability to add sleek backgrounds, layers, and dynamic content.  New content widgets including photo albums, transit info, event and calendar elements, can be displayed with relevant special effects. And the simple drag-and drop interface means you can create or experiment with different looks for your "brand" effortlessly.

Whether you want public displays that have attention-grabbing "pop", or that exude a more subtle elegance, is your decision. We are simply excited to give you better, easier tools with which to actualize that choice, in keeping with the personality you wish for your building.

You can see more examples of what can easily be created with the new Public Display interface below:


Ready to revamp your displays? Contact support@buildinglink.com for more information!