Alliance Residential Company, in collaboration with Dwelo and Google, announces the launch of its “Alliance SmartHome” technology package, planned across more than 25,000 luxury apartments nationwide. Utilizing thermostat and lighting control, digital home access and voice-enabled control, the smart tech will deliver convenience, connectivity and conservation capabilities, as well as provide management operational efficiencies.
The Alliance SmartHome package features the Nest Learning Thermostat and Google Home Mini with Google Assistant built-in, as well as smart locks, light switches and wall outlets. Control of all devices is centralized through Dwelo, an open platform compatible with a wide range of consumer and commercial iOT devices, with convenient access for on-site multifamily managers via the Alliance SmartHome dashboard application.
“After two years in development, we are pleased to launch Alliance SmartHome,” says Jay Hiemenz, President of Alliance. “Home automation in single-family homes has been trending for years now — and our residents desire that same high-tech home system in an apartment. We created Alliance SmartHome to deliver the features our customers want while addressing the unique challenges of multifamily integration to provide a great customer experience, lower operating costs and establish a platform for future enhancements in technology.”
Alliance, one of the largest multifamily developers, builders and managers in the U.S., is leveraging its scale for the development and rollout of the platform.
“With Alliance SmartHome, we have invested in bringing a platform and product package together that offers a truly great experience for our residents,” says Brad Cribbins, President of Alliance’s management division. “During the early exploration phases of this initiative, we realized there wasn’t an existing platform and tech package that really delivered on the customer experience we were looking for. So our technology department, led by Senior Vice President of Technology Scott Pechersky, sought out companies who shared our vision for continued advancement in multifamily technology to be part of this collaboration.”
Dwelo’s support and ability to scale were important factors in Alliance’s decision to partner with them — the company recognizes that smart device rollouts are not purely about technology but also require a human solution for implementation and ongoing support. Google and Nest bring extensive product development resources to the table, and Alliance associates and residents trust in the quality of their technology and hardware.
“Dwelo is thrilled to be partnering with a group as respected and innovative as Alliance,” says Mike Rovito, Dwelo CEO. “We are honored by the trust that Alliance is placing in us by selecting us for this rollout. Moreover, our customers have always been our greatest source of new ideas, and at Alliance we are partnering with a group of forward-thinking people who share our vision for multifamily technology. We’ve already seen what the clarity of their vision can do: forging a collaboration between us and the folks at Nest and Google to make the world’s best smart devices available seamlessly to those who live and work at multifamily properties.”
Through the partnership, Alliance’s Broadstone developments and third-party-managed properties will benefit from significant cost savings on implementation and ROI in the form of rent premiums once implementation is complete. Alliance communities saw up to $75 premiums per unit per month nationwide during its smart home pilot. Additional benefits of this smart home rollout include utility savings and increased focus on sustainability, as automated vacant-unit management saves an average of $38 per unit per month and smart meter alerts catch water leaks early, saving on costly repairs and wasted water. And Dwelo’s permissions system, purpose-built for multifamily, ensures that members of the community, based on their role, have access to only the right devices at the right time.