How to Deploy an IoT Solution for Multifamily

by Eric Cato, Regional Sales Director

4 minute read

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The IoT market is booming and spreading from its origins in single-family homes. As exciting as this expansion is, this unfortunately means that in the Multifamily housing market, some sites are installing this technology with hasty adaptations from single-family IoT. This can present obstacles for current Staff and Residents, and create infrastructure problems for years to come. 

Single-family IoT applied to Multifamily housing creates sites with no centralized platform and/or synchronicity. This is unnecessary and even dangerous from both infrastructure and cost perspectives. 

What could this look like? An example is hubs in every apartment unit with each Resident responsible for their own WiFi service, which is not only a security issue, but also makes the IoT software and devices dependent on the Residents. 

What does a successful Multifamily IoT solution look like?

Currently, the focus is on the operations side to enhance the Resident experience, help Property Owners increase closing ratios with competitive amenities, and promote the benefits of Smart Apartments and Intelligent Buildings. On top of these important qualities, a stellar IoT solutions provider must be an expert in construction as well. A company that only understands the IoT “widgets” installed is lacking in the bigger picture mindset. 

In order to work effectively over a large number of units, the solutions provider must understand construction, networking, and frequencies in addition to technology to have the tools to overcome the most complicated obstacles that present themselves. 

STRATIS addresses this market-wide problem by providing Developers, Managers, Owners, and General Contractors with the right guidance on these deployments from the architectural phase to lease up to ensure a scalable white glove delivery. With this expertise, properties are future-proofed and continue to run excellently after construction for years to come. 

About STRATIS

STRATIS enables smart apartments and intelligent buildings and is the only platform of its kind built for the complexities of multifamily and student housing. Since launch, STRATIS has installed in 350,000 apartments across the U.S. and more than 30,000 internationally. STRATIS is an Inc. 5000 “Fastest Growing Company in America” and an Entrepreneur 360 “Best Company in America.” To get more information visit: STRATISIoT.com.