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How do new technologies increase the physical and digital security of real estate?

How do new technologies increase the physical and digital security of real estate?

With higher utilisation of AI, IoT, cloud computing, and mobile technologies, all impact the security of people, the assets, and also the data collected.

Cyber security, Proptech, Commercial real estate

Cyber-crime, theft, data leakage, and technical failures are real threats that also affect the real estate sector. Large commercial and industrial buildings are particularly at risk due to the large flow of people, vehicles, and data as well as the complicated operational processes for such facilities. The intelligent solutions for real estate (PropTech) effectively lower the risk, which in turn enhances the surveillance of buildings, thus improving management and increasing their security.

PropTech solutions facilitate effective property management and reduce building administrative costs. They also enable property owners to better manage their portfolio by monitoring managers and tenants who conduct technical maintenance and support guests and suppliers. The functionality of the PropTech IT systems also has great significance in security-related issues. By using artificial intelligence in their activities, the Internet of Things, cloud computing and mobile technologies all impact both the security of people and assets and the data collected.

Constant control of physical security of the facility
One of the key elements of PropTech is data collection. It is stored in the cloud and gathered through IoT sensors like beacons, NFC tags or QR codes. Thanks to the network of beacons, it is possible, for example, to analyze the technician’s walkthroughs around the site, create its visualization on a map and generate the most optimal route, including the areas that should be additionally checked. NFC tags allowing for a quick meter reading with the use of mobile applications, increase the safety of the building through its constant control and quick failure reports, which can be extended with photos and comments.

Digital data collection ensures its correctness and comprehensiveness, which guarantees safety. It is possible thanks to collecting information in an automated way and updating it on an ongoing basis. Automatically visualized graphs in real-time based on IoT sensors can quickly show various types of anomalies, allowing for prevention and rapid corrective steps. This increases the efficiency and security both of equipment management and facilities.

Additionally, the information is stored in one place and the paper documentation is replaced. It can reduce the risk of error in its correctness and complexity.

The security of collected data
Data that has been collected over the years since the moment of implementing the Facility & Property Management systems have great analytical value. As Big Data, they constitute an added value for the building and together with it, can be part of a sales offer. This all puts the data at a particular risk of theft, leakage or unauthorized access.

Patrick Gasior, senior channel sales manager, Velis Real Estate Tech, explains: “As for the data collected in the cloud by Singu FM, a platform that improves facility management in commercial and industrialsites, we apply the latest technologies that encrypt certificate systems and restrictive international standards for their security. We possess an ISO 27001:2013 certificate and we operate in accordance with the international system of Information Security Management (ISM). Constant updates for security procedures protect our platform’s users. We strive to ensure that all of the PropTech solutions designed by us are as secure as possible.”

Although technologies in the real estate sector mainly imply saving time, resources and ultimately money, it is necessary to appreciate their significance in issues related to security. When designing modern buildings, it is worth considering implementing PropTech for this reason as well.

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