Case Study: Panorama Towers Enhances Luxury High-Rise Condo Experience with State-of-the-Art Biometric Access Control
Panorama Towers, a $600 million complex located in Paradise, Nevada was seeking to replace their existing legacy access control system, which had limited functionality and was not resident friendly. They required a solution that would enable the property management staff to manage identify verification for access control that is truly accountable – to manage people’s true identities rather just credentials such as access cards or personal identification numbers (PINs).
Technically, the condominium complex’s Home Owners Association needed a decentralized solution that would function without a server or control boards. The system had to facilitate a large number of access groups, and continue to work under the harsh desert conditions of Nevada.
RVNUE Technologies, an award winning security systems integration and solutions provider, was tasked with sourcing and deploying a new access control system for Panorama Towers.
The association set out a number of challenges for RVNUE to address. They needed solve a number of challenges in addition to access control when selecting a new solution.strong>ENHANCE BRAND AND REPUTATION OF PANORAMA TOWERS
- Enhance the luxury high-rise experience for residents
- Design and aesthetics of the devices add to property’s visual appeal
- Devices should serve as attractive advertising platform
- Advertising would ensure it be a self-funding technology solution
The Home Owners Association plans to use some of the devices to display paid advertising to residents and guests as a cost recovery answer for the new solution.
SIZE OF THE PROJECT
The project must be deployed site-wide across two luxury high-rise condominium towers, and across many different areas of the complex from interior to exterior access points
RVNUE Technologies served as the lead for the project, this includes project management, technology consulting, product selection and recommendations, full deployment, training and support. They worked with the Home Owners Association and Faramarz Yousefzadeh, a member of the board of directors, to select a biometric provider.
The decision was based on how biometric vendors addressed the following three very specific questions for RNVUE as the project lead and systems integrators:
- Can the solution be quickly deployed?
- Does the solution provide what the majority of our client base requires PLUS MORE?
- Is there minimal rework required to keep the system operational?
RVNUE stressed how important these three critical questions were in the selection of an access control system.
“We believe that quick deployment, feature-rich technology that goes beyond client requirements and having a highly efficient operational system afterwards need to be considered at all times by any integrator – but which few companies do,” said Christian Petrou, CEO of RVNUE Technologies.
Entertech Systems and Suprema were selected to supply both the biometric devices and technically support RVNUE during installation and deployment.
“Integrators don’t make money when they have to go back in. The combined Entertech Systems expertise and robust, sleek Suprema readers allowed us to answer YES to all three questions,” added Petrou.
FLEXIBILITY OF A DECENTRALIZED, CLOUD-BASED SOLUTION
Beyond the technical requirements, another major deciding factor was the flexibility of a truly decentralized solution leveraging Power over Ethernet (PoE), resulting in a massive reduction in infrastructure, management and serviceability costs. The final budgetary analysis clearly showed this distributed IP access control solution as much more cost effective over traditional access control systems which have a centralized access control topology.
To deliver a truly comprehensive system, RVNUE also provided a cloud based solution to ensure data recovery and system restoration is easily accessible for the complex. RVNUE collaborated with VDI Space and developed a template in the cloud with Suprema access control to ensure that even in the event of an onsite disaster, the Suprema server can be restored quickly and easily to ensure very little downtime.
This ability to leverage the cloud for access control has been a catalyst for RVNUE and VDI Space to now be among the very few companies to offer true cloud security based Access-Control-as-a-Service (ACaaS).
“Working with RVNUE on the Panorama project helped us to realize that there was a need for a service delivery model with Access Control. Suprema’s technology flexibility allowed us to integrate biometric access control with our cloud platform and was instrumental to getting us to market with our ACaaS solution,” said Michael Fraser, CEO of VDI Space.
For the Home Owners Association and its end user base of residents and staff, RVNUE selected four Suprema readers for their pleasing design and aesthetic appeal, easy to use interfaces and broad selection of biometric options for deployment in different functional areas of the complex.
Between the two towers, RVNUE helped the Home Owners Association place under biometric access control over 70 doors, garage control arms, vehicle and pedestrian gates, pool entries and elevators. Most of the readers were deployed outdoors and have proven to be robust enough to stand up to the dusty and harsh environment found in Nevada.
RVNUE completed deployment in March of 2013. An additional eight elevators are targeted for completion in October of the same year in conjunction with the deployment of advertising on the five inch LCD touch screens of the visually attractive and sleek BioStation T2 devices installed in the elevators. When not in use, the Biostation T2 readers will automatically cycle through paid advertising for display to residents and guests using the elevators.
Entertech Systems’ technical support team was critical for RVNUE in completing the project successfully. “Successful market adoption of any product or solution is directly related to the commitment and level of support from the manufacturer. Without it you are dependent on the skill set of the integrators,” said Petrou. “We found this mission critical requirement with Entertech Systems.”
The feedback from Panorama Towers has been positive. “Our property management and security staff are assured a secure system for access control that relies on the true identify of a person – this is essential for a luxury complex such as the Panorama Towers,” said Faramarz Yousefzadeh, a board director with the Home Owners Association.
“With Suprema devices, the residents of the complex benefit from and enjoy the luxury of the forgetful mind. Should a resident forget their access card, they have the ability to gain access with just one touch of a fingertip,” added Yousefzadeh.
About Panorama Towers
Panorama Towers is an award-winning high-rise residential condominium complex located in Paradise, Nevada. Developed by Laurence Hallier and Andrew Sasson, the $600 Million aqua-blue glass iconic towers helped pioneer the second wave of luxury residential units in the Las Vegas Valley. Panorama Towers’ 635-unit complex sits on 8.5 acres on Dean Martin Drive and is centrally located across from the Las Vegas strip just a quarter mile from city center.
About RVNUE Technologies
RVNUE Technologies provides distributors, integrators and managed service providers expert consulting, technology solutions design and education. The company has received awards for not only their solutions but solutions designed for their partner client companies and manufacturers. For more information, visit www.rvnue.com.
About VDI Space
VDI Space provides technology companies such as MSPs the ability to create their own clouds that ensure security, compliance, and long term viability. This is achieved through best practices based upon VDI Space’s 3A approach: Audit, Architect, and Automate. VDI Space provides trusted cloud security solutions for companies looking to increase their revenue growth through the cloud and beyond. For more information, visit www.vdispace.com.
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