Vivint, the No. 1 company in the 2017 CE Pro 100 list, has announced Vivint Smart Properties, a smart home platform designed for rental properties. Property developers and managers can select from a suite of professionally installed smart home products for their units, including smart locks, lights, doorbell cameras, indoor cameras, and thermostats.
It's no secret demand for apartments is on the rise as individuals and even families are delaying a move into single-family homes. NAA and NMHC research shows that the U.S. will add 6.4 million apartment households by 2030.
“We anticipate smart home technology will rapidly become a staple for rental properties throughout the country,” says Tom Few, VP of business development, Vivint. “With Vivint Smart Properties, property managers can enhance property value to attract residents, while residents get instant access to a smart home experience they can manage from a single app.”
Using a dashboard called Vivint Site Manager, property managers can manage tenant service requests and vacant units from anywhere. With remote control of unoccupied units, they can provide keyless entry for staff or contractors, as well as monitor energy use to save money.
Property managers can onboard new residents by transferring control of a unit's smart home system. In order to protect tenants' privacy, property managers can only access smart locks, and cannot regain full access of the system until the unit is vacated. Residents can then use smart home technology such as the Vivint Doorbell Camera to see, hear and talk to anyone on their front porch, as well as simultaneously unlock the front door or arm/disarm their security system.
Additional features include always-on cellular connection and Vivint's smart assistant, Sky, which learns the “rhythms and activities” of each unit to product intelligent recommendations for each home.
The platform will be accessible to rental property developers and managers in the U.S. and Canada.