Latch, Google Nest to Streamline Smart Home Solutions for MDU Market

With its new LatchOS platform, Latch has entered into an agreement with Google Nest to enable the integration of Google Nest products into multidwelling environments.


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Latch, a provider of smart access control hardware, software and integration, has announced a new partnership with Google Nest to bring, “efficiency, security and design to smart apartment solutions.”

Through the new Latch and Google Nest partnership thermostats are now available to Latch customers through the Works with Latch partner program, enabling multifamily owners and operators to integrate every smart device into one platform.

With the partnership, Latch and Google Nest are working together to deliver practical and secure multifamily fleet management solution for property owners and integrators to attract new residents and streamline operations.

“We’re excited to partner with influential technology leader Google Nest because we share similar principles when it comes to product design and experience,” says Luke Schoenfelder, co-founder and CEO, Latch.

“We are thrilled to bring together Nest’s iconic thermostats with our own modern access products and intuitive software for multifamily—providing premium and distinguished devices and benefits that delight both residents and building operators.”

Latch & Google Nest Partnership Facilitates Home Management

According to Latch, Google Nest enables multifamily owners to manage their Google Nest devices. Using LatchOS, a full-building operating system unveiled last month, building managers can oversee every Nest thermostat in vacant residences and common areas, all in one place.

For residents, LatchOS facilitates new time-saving conveniences, from remotely controlling every smart device to enabling unattended and secure package delivery—while also acting as the single credential to unlock every door, according to the company.

For building operators, LatchOS delivers consolidated enterprise device management and customized solutions specific to their building to increase operational efficiency and cost savings.

Google Nest is known for designing products that build a more occupant-friendly home. The brand’s product suite includes everything from smart displays and cameras to speakers and thermostats to streamline consumers’ lives.

Google Nest is the newest partner in the Works with Latch program, an extended offering of smart home devices that go beyond access to create a smarter, more connected full-building experience. Latch’s full building ecosystem also includes products and partnerships offering building operators and residents flexible connectivity, visitor and delivery management, smart apartment devices, video security, and workflow management solutions in addition to Latch’s smart access products.

The Latch and Google Nest integration is coming to market first for property managers and residents of AvalonBay’s latest multifamily development, Kanso Twinbrook.

AvalonBay has implemented a variety of smart building and home technologies in its apartments, including smart locks for self-touring, ease of guest access and day-to-day efficiencies, as well as smart thermostats for residents’ energy savings and enhanced building maintenance. The Latch and Google Nest integration builds upon AvalonBay’s success offering Nest as a design upgrade across its portfolio, sparking resident interest that, combined with utility rebate offsets, has resulted in several thousand units installed with Google Nest.

“Kanso Twinbrook is an innovation concept community under our new brand that offers an automated resident experience, with minimal staff on site. This may be a first for Class A apartment buildings of this size and complexity,” says Karen Hollinger, senior vice president, strategic initiatives, AvalonBay.

“Thoughtful and deliberate deployment of technology is what makes this possible. Latch and Google Nest are a key part of our strategy in enabling associates to operate the building from afar and empowering residents with powerful tools and unparalleled convenience. This partnership is a great example of two best-in-class technology brands joining forces to deliver best-in-class living experiences in our AvalonBay communities.”

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