Ask any realtor what their customers are looking for in a condo or HOA and they will quickly point out the importance of the latest and greatest 21st Century technology as one of the top requests. With the ever-expanding array of consumer technology available today, buildings and associations must be capable of supporting their residents’ tech needs in order to stay competitive in a strengthening market.
This is particularly relevant where advanced telecommunications are concerned. Wireless connectivity, cable and DirecTV, and other media are indispensable components of everyday life, and even buildings and condo developments built long before the advent of these amenities must be prepared to adapt their electrical and other capabilities in order to deliver the goods to both new owners and long-time residents.
John Wattick, vice president of product development with Association Communications Services in North Palm Beach, concerns itself with not only negotiating the best terms and conditions for associations, but in including a complete engineering review to determine the best course of action concerning its tech capabilities and infrastructure.
“We insist in our due diligence that the selected service provider upgrade include the infrastructure to accommodate the present and next generation of products,” he says. “Advancements in website developments have allowed associations to keep residents up to date on important information and provide on-line secure payment options.”
Older buildings aren’t always prepared for tech and telecom upgrades and retrofits due to improper infrastructure, but the rewards will outweigh the costs in the long run in making drastic changes.