MDU

Integrator Solves High-Volume MDU Sales Dilemma with Digital Portal

By Jason Knott · April 10, 2019 • Using a 'Build-A'Bear' model, Service Tech AV in Austin develops its own digital sales portal to enable a two-person sales team to handle hundreds of condo technology sales simultaneously.

Thorny Legalities of Video Surveillance in MDU Applications

By Jason Knott · June 20, 2018 • Supplying surveillance video for ‘lawful purposes’ of apprehending suspects is OK., but there are numerous complex legalities for which dealers need protection.

Top 5 Home Tech Trends for 2018: From Smart Home Services to ‘Chief Security Officers’

By Julie Jacobson · February 5, 2018 • Every year, CE Pro selects five home-technology trends and opportunities for pros who install audio, video, security and home automation systems. Voice control, virtual reality, 4K, smart home as a service (SHaaS), mass sensorization, high-resolution audio (HRA), IoT awareness …. . .

NAHB Forecast: Home Starts up 5% in 2018, Bolstered by ‘Political Climate’

By Jason Knott · January 26, 2018 • NAHB forecasts single-family home starts will up 5% in 2018, thanks in part to 'pro-business sentiment in Washington', but MDU starts will fall.

Comcast Xfinity Rolls Out MDU Smart Home Program

By CE Pro Editors · January 15, 2018 • Cable giant Comcast packages smart home devices, services to create 'simple solution to an advanced network' for multi-dwelling unit (MDU) developers.

StratIS Now Monitors 200,000 ‘Smart Home’ Rentals for MDUs

By Jason Knott · December 6, 2017 • StratIS Software as a Service (SaaS) allows thermostat, doorlock, IoT and voice control both individually by tenants and globally by property managers for monthly fees.

Smart-Doorbell Maker Doorbird Intros Next-Gen IP Video Door Stations for Pros

By Robert Archer · November 7, 2017 • Known for its integration-friendly smart doorbells, DoorBird has added four new IP video door stations for multi-dwelling units.

Multifamily Software Company Entrata Branches into Smart Home

By Jason Knott · June 27, 2017 • MDU software firm Entrata debuts SmartProperty apartment automation connecting t-stats, lights and locks that adds boosts rent up to $65 per month/per unit.

Beyond the Single-Family Home: Installing Elan Control in Jersey City High-Rise

By Chelsea Cafiero · May 19, 2017 • Serious Audio Video expanded its understanding of home control and automation to install an Elan Entertainment & Control System with audio, video, lighting and security throughout the Cast Iron Lofts in Jersey City.

CE Pro Summit Panel: Different Builders Require Different Business Models

By Jason Knott · November 7, 2016 • Integrators cannot expect to treat builders and developers of MDUs, semi-custom homes, luxury homes and production homes the same way. Each niche needs a separate approach. Here are 10 tips.

Installing Central Vac in Multi-Dwelling Units (MDUs)

By Advertorial · August 25, 2016 • Semi Integrated Condo Vac from Electrolux offers integrators an entrée for central vacuum systems into apartments, condos, and other multi-family dwellings.

Overcoming MDU Restrictions to Turn Modest Condo Into Luxury High-Tech Home

By Lisa Montgomery · August 21, 2016 • Home of the Year Gold Winner for Before & After. Ordinary condo turns to twice-the-size luxury vacation home, made possible by distributed A/V, Savant whole-house control and teamwork by the integration firm, builder and interior designer.

How to Make MDU Developers Love Lighting Control

By Advertorial · June 21, 2016 • Creating packages for MDU builders is among the keys to success in this market. Integrators must rethink their approach and manage MDU projects as commercial jobs.

National Electrical Contractor Teams with Small Local Integrator for MDU Home Automation

By Julie Jacobson · October 23, 2014 • VanKirk Electric, a national electrical contractor specializing in multi-dwelling units (MDU) uses local integrator ToGoOnline to support On Controls home automation and A/V in hundreds of luxury apartments.

MDU Starts Up 25%; Overall Housing Surges 9.3%

By Jason Knott · December 20, 2011 • Led by MDUs, U.S. housing starts rose to the highest level in 19 months in November. What are integrators doing to bring smaller, portable systems to MDU buyers?

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