While there are a multitude of security options available for residential estate body corporates, unfortunately the solutions are not always able to integrate seamlessly, resulting in a hotchpotch of disparate systems. This, says Elvey business development consultant Siegfried Pautsch, can be avoided by finding a reputable and experienced system integrator or installer, together with the right mix of high-quality products.
“There are a number of issues which need to be addressed when considering residential estate security,” he says, “including making the perimeter impenetrable; tracking criminals breaching the perimeter; managing visitors, deliveries and contractors; detecting and monitoring intrusion; detecting and monitoring fire; and keeping residents and employees safe and secure.”
The Elvey residential estate offering is an integrated security solution that combines perimeter protection, video surveillance technology, access control and visitor management systems, guard patrol and monitoring systems, intruder detection and monitoring, and fire detection and monitoring.
“The key to successful security system deployment is, firstly, adopting a multi-layered approach and secondly, using event-driven monitoring. A multi-layered approach helps to eliminate human error and provides failover protection, since if any one system goes offline, there will always be another system to provide support. The goal, however, is to choose products that are created to mitigate system failures and to work in arduous environments,” says Pautsch.
“Our solutions are designed to provide maximised security from the smallest estate with just a handful of residents, all the way up to those with thousands of residents. By using products that can be easily and seamlessly integrated with each other, we eliminate the issues that arise from the deployment of legacy technology,” Pautsch explains.
Elvey believes that systems should be scalable to allow estates to expand coverage to suit the growing needs of the estate. Budget, however, is often the biggest stumbling block in any expansion plans. Elvey Finance provides a unique opportunity for the body corporate organisations of residential estates to deploy fit-for-purpose security solutions in an affordable manner.
The financing is done between the body corporate and the selected Elvey Finance Houses and allows for cash flow preservation, with no deposits or lump sum capital outlay required. Lease payments are listed as operating expenses (OPEX) and no liabilities are reflected on balance sheets. The financing will have no impact on existing credit facilities and all lease payments are tax deductible.
Flexible payment terms of 36, 48 or 60 months at 0%, 10% 15% annual escalation are available. Pautsch highlights the benefits to homeowners and body corporates with an example that splits the costs between all residents and is added to their monthly levies.
“This is a far superior option when considering the alternative of using funds for outright purchase and installing the bare minimum in terms of security. It also allows for lease periods to be aligned with warranty periods, ensuring that system integrity is never compromised,” says Pautsch.
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