Americans have always loved high-tech gadgets. Whether it’s an elaborate crime being solved on CSI or James Bond using a laser-guided device to defeat the bad guys, razor's-edge technology is endlessly entertaining.
But when it comes to real life—such as dealing with security issues in a condo building or association—high-tech devices are embraced only up to a point. Security-conscious condos like advanced technology, but it must pass muster on a number of levels.
In today’s economy, security is still a priority but according to those working in the industry, demand for high-tech devices is trending down. No association wants to lay out scarce cash on exotic security devices that only Hollywood producers could afford. Likewise, no owner wants to grapple with security that requires memorizing a 524-page manual and multiple passwords.
While boards and residents may still be willing to buy and install high-tech security, their expectations have changed lately. They’re now looking for designs based on proven technologies versus more trendy experimental ones. Unwilling to simply write a blank check, HOAs are looking to create value with up-to-date features combined in innovative ways with the tried-and-true. Retinal scanners and voice recognition are extremely cool, but fingerprint recognition systems do pretty much the same job for a much cheaper price.
That being said, let's take a look at some of the current leading-edge technology available to condo buildings and HOAs looking to improve their security profile.