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New feature “SHIFTING” on the GateKeeper Tablet


Most residential communities face the below issues:

1) We don’t know when a new Owner or Tenant Moves In.

We want to know and add them to our Central Database on ADDA.

2) We don’t know when an Owner or Tenant Moves out.

We wish to ensure they have paid all their Dues, completed other Move-Out processes, de-activate them from ADDA.

These Issues are now SOLVED!

Announcing the launch of the new feature “SHIFTING” on the GateKeeper tablet, in hands of the Security Guard!

Whenever a Movers Truck comes in, they can capture minimum data of the new Owner/Tenant.

This shows up in your ADDA Admin view instantly, and your Manager can complete the verification and add the New Resident to your central ADDA database.

The Move-In charges can get posted instantly as well!

In case the Movers Truck is for a Move-Out, the Guard marks this Flat as being Moved Out, which sends instant notification to the Manager who can then ensure that Move-Out processes have been followed!




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Why Biometric Parameters Are The Best Way To Capture Staff Attendance

For any organization to function smoothly, the staff there must be on point. They must be hardworking, capable of handling their duties well and above all punctual. In many ways, an apartment complex too is like a well-oiled machine and without the presence of good maintenance staff, there will be chaos and not to mention, lack of cleanliness as well.

Hence, for any apartment complex, a major expense is staff salaries. And for making sure that they are paid neither more nor less, it is vital to have their attendance tracked well. Traditionally, attendance was maintained in physical ledgers, where each individual would manually sign their name and time of entering the premises and repeat the same at the time of exit as well.

Unfortunately, this system has many flaws. And in housing societies, this could be a rather expensive mistake. Not only would such a flaw upset the finances because salaries could get incorrectly calculated, it could also compromise security and safety of residents.

Why Conventional Attendance Systems Are Inefficient

The very reason why new systems came up to track attendance was that conventional ones had drawbacks that often lead to complete chaos especially after major crimes were reported in the complexes. Here are some of the major drawbacks of old ways of maintaining staff attendance.

Forgery Is Not Uncommon

Suppose there’s Maid A who wants to help Maid B who secretly went away on vacation but is still wanting to receive payment for days taken off. On the day that Maid B is absent, A forges B’s signature at the time of entry and exit. On the surface, it would really seem like B did turn up and did her set of tasks, but not only was the task not completed, she would also get paid for work she did not do.

This is one of those vegetarian examples of what really happens. In reality, staff inside an apartment complex are constantly replaced and everyone cannot familiarise with each other’s faces. People who were banned from the premises could re-enter as blacklisting in the ledger isn’t really an option. When there is no solid evidence of who checked in on which date, much confusion could follow.

Physical Ledgers Could Get Easily Damaged

Intentionally or otherwise, physical ledgers are easy to destroy. Mere negligence is enough to have them rendered useless. Many apartment complexes that depended on ledgers for staff attendance have complained that not only is the writing in it illegible, the very condition of the book is often near next to dilapidated. How good is such a book when it comes to tracking somebody’s attendance? And how easy is it for someone to intentionally damage that ledger to cover his/her tracks? Give it some thought.

Official Investigations Do Not Consider Ledgers As Valid Evidence Anymore

This one should not be taken lightly. While manual ledgers will be given a cursory glance, they will never be considered as bankable evidence if there’s an official investigation into a crime. Let’s assume that a gardener hired by an apartment went ballistic and assaulted a minor resident in the same complex. He could have planned this in advance, and hence used a fake name at the time of entry or destroyed the ledger post committing the act.

When investigation ensues, he’ll simply deny the accusal by saying he was on leave on the said date. And it while it may not be impossible to refute his claims, it will become increasingly difficult to prove that he is guilty.

The Solution – Biometric Attendance Systems

If there is anything that is difficult to forge, it would be human traits that are not acquired by someone like handwriting or even voice modulation for that matter. Biometrics or physical parameters like fingerprints, retinal images and even sometimes the face of a person are difficult for another person to forge.

All over the world, educational and corporate institutions, hospitals and all kinds of organizations have started using biometric attendance systems and the impact is definitely positive. Such systems not only eliminate drawbacks of conventional attendance systems, they will also add some perks that are difficult to override.

Keep in mind that your association will have to make the necessary privacy policy documents which state that you won’t misuse collection biometrics. As long as the staff has been briefed about the process and as long as their permission has been acquired for using their fingerprints, you won’t be violating any laws.

Here are the major benefits of a biometric-based attendance system

No more proxies

One of the biggest advantages of this system is that it prevents employees from clocking for each other. They cannot fake their attendance unless they turn up and record their fingerprints on the machine. Or they’ll have to send their chopped finger with a fellow employee, which is highly unlikely.

However, of late, the internet has been bursting with articles about how biometric systems are not competent enough because minor injuries could render fingerprints invalid for recognition. First off, multiple fingerprints of the same person (prints of at least three fingers) are commonly recorded. And in the highly unlikely event that the staff managed to injure both their hands, superiors can step in and personally verify their attendance.

Biometrics Are Solid Evidence

Handwritten entries barely qualify as evidence of a person’s presence in a given spot. Biometrics, on the other hand, is irrefutable. If an employee claims to be absent on the day of a crime and the machine has recorded his biometric, that could boost the investigation in the right direction. Much trouble could be avoided thanks to this.

Increased Productivity

When you have systems in place to keep track of the clock, something that was manually done earlier, a lot of changes! Staff would probably avoid arriving late as they can no longer fake entry time. And this, in turn, increases their productivity, staff overhead and will also provide the payroll department precise and accurate data for calculating payment.

Improved Accountability

While this may not be as evident as the benefits, biometric systems have been known to increase accountability among staff members. Thanks to the audit trails they leave, such systems force the employees to be accountable for their actions and their duties.

Ease Of Use

Manual registers still require people to sign their names. And among the labor class, education could often be limited. Such people either use their thumbprint or use a rudimentary signature which can be easily forged. Biometric attendance systems, on the other hand, require limited or no education to punch in their attendance. And they can be easily trained to use that with minimal external help.

Eliminates Need For IDs, Passwords etc

You can program biometric attendance systems to recognize employees and sound alarms when someone’s whose data is not in the file/ blackmarked attempts to punch in. This in turn also doubles as a security layer for apartment complexes. Giving out IDs and passwords also has the disadvantage that somebody else can use them and sneak into the apartment.

Difficult To Tamper

Despite what the Internet claims, it is not easy to tamper with a biometric attendance system. It is very difficult to hack into such a system and change its records. And that is not all, physically damaging the system too can be difficult because a) manufacturers foresee this kind of contingency so the system is built accordingly b) there is typically a guard and a CCTV with eyes on the machine. Any attempts to damage it will be caught.

Upgrade Your Apartment Complex With ADDA

ADDA is specifically designed for apartment complexes and the members within. In fact, the GateKeeper by ADDA is one of the most solid systems you can ever get your hands on to ensure security inside your society. That’s not all, if you have a combination of the ADDA ERP and the GateKeeper, MCs, residents and everyone else will not only be connected, but will also have features at their disposal to ensure the smooth and efficient functioning of the entire apartment complex.

Why don’t you get in touch with us so we can schedule a free demo for you if you are not a customer already. We promise to not disappoint!

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Raheja Empress Tanna Residency Goes Live on ADDA GateKeeper


One of the most premium societies in Mumbai, Raheja Empress Tanna Residency has brought their security online on ADDA GateKeeper.

Raheja Empress Tanna Residency, in one of the most landmark locations on Mumbai, has one of the highest Residents to Security guards ratio in the country. There’s a security guard for every 6 residents in the society.

We are proud to deploy ADDA GateKeeper – The most practical security solution for Apartment Complexes, in this society, where security is definitely taken very seriously.


raheja tanna adda gatekeeper

For a Society like Raheja Empress, having multiple manual registers for entering visitor data, staff etc, which is more often than not filled with illegible, incorrect data, was a complete mismatch.

raheja empress manual register

ADDA GateKeeper –  The most practical security solution, has now replaced these multiple registers with a single Tab.

For the Guests and other visitors, it forms a great first impression as they are now greeted by Security who carries a shining new App on the mobile device for capturing visitor data and validating them.

Guests do not have to stand in a queue at the gate and can just drive in, as their entries are Pre-Authorized by residents. (Click here for more details on benefits of ADDA GateKeeper).

We welcome all residents of Raheja Empress Tanna Residency to the ADDA Family and hope you enjoy using ADDA GateKeeper.

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7 Ways How ADDA App Can Help You Celebrate This New Year

New Year is around the corner and it’s almost time to bid adieu to 2017. New Year’s Eve is a time to reflect on the past and revel in the great big beautiful tomorrow.  Residents are busy planning on making  the new year eve celebrations a Delightful experience in their home & community

Make this New Year’s eve a fantastic night for you and your neighbours. We’re here to help you plan and execute your New Year Celebrations.

So for all aspiring party hosts of this year, here’s how ADDA app can help you throw the best new year bash ever!

Expected visitors

Do you have a long list of expected visitors this festive season? And those many annoying calls from your security guard, asking to verify your Guests?

That’s all old stories now!

ADDA GateKeeper - Expected Visitors

Add your guests as Expected Visitors using your ADDA GateKeeper App and make them feel special. Security Guards will let your Guests through without making them stand in the long queue at the gate trying to make entries. Welcome your Guests this season, to your Home with this smart technology.


Are you planning to gift something special to your Domestic Help (Maid, Cook, Driver, etc.) this festive season?

gift pass ADDA

You can add it as a Gift-Pass in your ADDA GateKeeper App and your staff can walk out of the Security Gate, without being asked Gratuitous questions by the Security.

Panic Alert

Well, what if things do not go the way you planned, do not PANIC. Raise a Panic Alert. With your house, all arrayed up for the celebrations and with guests in your house, you do not want to take a chance.

ADDA App - Panic Alert

Security Guards are immediately notified on raising a Panic Alert and they can hurry to your help. On the other hand, a few of your neighbours also get notified. This assures you get immediate help in case of an emergency.


You want to start the new year with a glowing new-like home, Don’t you?

And you been neglecting that ever blinking light in your balcony or that leaking tap in the kitchen? What you can do is raise a ticket through HelpDesk in the ADDA App, and your society help (plumber/electrician) would come and get them fixed.

Facility Booking

Planning to host a new year’s party this time?and not able to find a place to host it, then why not book a facility from your community. All you have to do is open Facility Booking in the App, check for availability and confirm your booking by making a payment right from the App.


This feature is mainly for the Management Committee members. If at all you want to announce any specific Guidelines or want to announce the specifics of your community event. All you have to do is post a Notice in ADDA Admin App and your message goes right to the phone of all residents.


Our all-seeing Discussion Forum can be used for coming together as a community.  A lot of good things start happening when neighbours come together to work towards solving common issues. Our discussion forum brings together the collective knowledge of the community to your disposal.

So, wait no more! Hurry! download the App if you have not done it already and gear up for your New Year preparations!

Let the festivities begin!  Gather, socialize and forge friendships that will last a lifetime. Welcome the new year with joy and peace. Happy New Year everyone from all of us here at ADDA, May the year ahead bring you nothing but joy and prosperity!

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5 Commonly Asked Questions About ADDA GateKeeper

Our beloved customers call ADDA GateKeeper the security nerve centre of their apartment complex. They are right in every sense. It is a tablet-based security management system. One that combines several compelling features to give you something near next to perfect to ensure that your community and the residents inside it are safe from crimes, perils & security breaches.


The product GateKeeper is the result of our worries & sense of responsibility towards the society. We believe that within the walls of a gated community, security becomes a collective responsibility and not just something that the guards or security personnel alone are responsible for. Above all, GateKeeper is a product that is designed to cover the shortcomings of human error and judgment.


All in all, GateKeeper is the best of it’s kind. We’re the most in-demand security system for apartments. But for those of you who are not so familiar with our beloved product, here are the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about the ADDA Gatekeeper.

1. Does it replace guards?

Erm, no. But it empowers them. The ADDA GateKeeper is a tool, or rather a system that is jointly used by the security personnel and the people living in that gated community to function as one single unit to prevent crimes and perils.


Whatever system you have in an apartment right now can be enhanced with Gatekeeper. The guards at the gate will be provided with tablets pre-installed with the GateKeeper software. Using this, they’ll be able to digitally record details of every visitor, record and keep track of vehicle numbers that enter and exit the apartment, alert residents to visitors, track staff attendance and so much more.


In short, GateKeeper eliminates the issues arising from elements such as illegible writing in ledgers or missed entries or entering fake details at the time of checking into the compound. And it makes guards better at their jobs.


2. Does it have some kind of emergency management option?

Yes. The Indian Govt. shook some serious ground in 2017 when it mandated that every cell phone should have an inbuilt panic button. Either a single button or a combination of keys. While the move was appreciated, people soon realised that they’ll have to spend some money and upgrade their phones.

tablet based security management system


ADDA GateKeeper covers that. When you open the ADDA app, there’s a big in-app panic button that raises an alarm at the gates and also informs a safety contact. So, yes, in the event of an emergency, all you need to do is open the ADDA app and press the panic button. Help would come flying to you. You just need to pre-set a safety contact. It could be a neighbor or relative in close proximity to you. Personnel at the gate will be sent direct alerts from the app.


That said, GateKeeper operates around the idea of preventing crimes from happening by discouraging criminals with sheer elimination of potential loopholes to breach. Most people would think twice about committing a crime in a place where their photo, ID details and even mobile number has been verified and correctly recorded.

3. Should every resident have to download the app? Would the elderly find it difficult to use?

It is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED that everyone living in the gated community download the ADDA app. In the event that someone’s phone doesn’t support it, we suggest that at least one member in every unit MUST have the ADDA app on their phones. We still want everyone to have the app on their phones because you never know when you’ll need the panic alert button.


Now, the second part of the questions – would senior citizens find it hard to use? No. The app is very easy to use and the features that elders will be needing, like panic buttons, visitor notifications etc are pretty much straightforward and require only a few clicks.


4. How safe is our data on the ADDA servers?

We guard it with the best layers of security. If required, we are even willing to sign an NDA with you assuring you that the information you provide will never be breached.

We have been not only the leader in the industry, we’ve also been here the longest and we’re the most reputed player here. Big names in real estate such as Sobha, Prestige, DLF etc are proud customers of ADDA. We’re not trying to boast, but we’re the best at what we do. Not once have there been a breach and we strive every day to keep it that way.


5. Security guards get replaced very often. New guards come in from time to time, will it be difficult to train them to use GateKeeper?

The GateKeeper deployment team will pay a visit to your apartment specifically to train your guards. The application is very easy to use, even with only basic formal education, it should be fairly straightforward. If the MCs attend training provided by our on site deployment team, security personnel hired in future can be trained by the MCs themselves.


ADDA Is A Much Loved Product

GateKeeper has become a popular security solution among numerous apartment complexes across the country. Team ADDA is very passionate about eliminating potential situations for a criminal event to occur. We brainstorm regularly on how features in GateKeeper can be enhanced or what new features can be added to make it even stronger than it already is.


We’re also an industry leader in apartment management software. Over 18,000 apartment complexes across the country use ADDA’s products and we’re now gearing up to make our product global. We take pride in the fact that we’re a dedicated bunch, striving to make sure that every apartment complex turns into nothing short of a safe, secure haven.


We’ll be more than happy to provide a free demo of our products for you. Kindly get in touch with us to arrange an online demo.


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Staff Attendance Record & Its Significance

Let’s admit it, without a domestic maid, we’d all be tired to the bone by the end of the day. In between managing our work and running errands, cleaning, scrubbing and washing have become tasks that we totally dread. And thus, we rely heavily on maids and other domestic helpers without whom it is indeed difficult to manage our homes.

So what happens when the maids don’t come on time? And when they later swear that they barely took any holidays in a month so they get full pay? What if they are avoiding your home alone? How do we keep an eye on our domestic help?

ADDA GateKeeper To The Rescue

One of GateKeepers many, many fine features is that it keeps a record of Staff Attendance. Conventionally, manual registers store this information and hence, could be lost easily. If you want to check if your maid turned up on a certain date, you’ll have to get the guards to scourge through the registers to find that info. Clearly, this isn’t ideal.

So if your apartment complex uses the ADDA Gatekeeper, you’ll not only have an assurance of security, you’ll also have a digital record of Staff Attendance.

How Does ADDA Help Track Staff Attendance

Imagine if your apartment complex had a digital attendance record like corporate companies! Each day they take a leave would be captured in the records. This gives rise to countless benefits.

No more arguments about cutting pay: Your maid will not be able to lie about not taking leave on a certain day if the log says otherwise. You’ll be able to give her the exact due she worked for.
If things go missing and comes to your attention at a later point of time, you can easily rule out if it was a maid or someone else.
If your maid is absconding, as in she comes to your apartment but avoids your flat alone, you’ll be alerted to it. ADDA alerts you each time your staff enters the premises.

The Added Benefits

Since we have already established that Staff Attendance has its benefits, let’s also tell you why having a technical security software in place helps.

Imagine a situation where your maid was caught red-handed doing something she wasn’t supposed to. You immediately terminate her employment. But are you sure she won’t sneak back in either to repeat what she did or to cause you harm?

What if she tries to return a year later? The chances are that the guards at the gate may not be the same and hence, could be unaware of her history with crime. They may permit her to enter the premises once again.

To prevent such a scenario, you can now blacklist staff or visitors in ADDA GateKeeper app ensuring that people with a history of offence will never enter the compound again.

Get It Today

We can go on all day about the necessity of having tools like ADDA and ADDA Gatekeeper in place. But we’re sure you already understand their significance.

Kindly get in touch with us if you need a demo of our product so that you can understand its features better. We assure you, you will never feel unsafe if you have ADDA and ADDA GateKeeper deployed in your apartment!

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Managing Security Personnel In Apartment Complexes

Managing security personnel in apartment complexes is a serious topic. Since a good number of upper middle class reside in gated communities, petty thieves sometimes make attempts to break in and rob something of value. While every housing society will have guards posted at the gates and intermittently at other places throughout the apartment complex, there is still a lot of confusion about how many should be assigned where and what their tasks should be.

If you are an MC struggling to optimize usage of security personnel, here’s what you need to know.

1. Get The Right Insights

Most people resort to checking traffic at the gate and general atmosphere of the apartment at any given point of time to decide who goes where and how many guards should be stationed at the gates. But sadly, this isn’t a very effective method.

Here’s the alternative that we suggest.

I’m sure you are aware of the product we have built (building). ADDA is a very popular apartment management tool and is much loved by MCs and residents across 80 cities and over 18,500 apartment complexes. ADDA is what you need to get the right insights. While it also gives you many other benefits, we’re going to focus on how it helps you utilize your guards better.

You’ll need stats on what times the traffic at the gate is highest/ lowest so that guards can be stationed there accordingly.You’ll need to know when the pool is used most so extra helping hands can be there to prevent potential accidents.Same applies for the playgrounds. Extra eyes to watch over the little ones while they play.

These are all inputs that the ADDA app can provide you with. Vital inputs that will tell you whether you need to increase the number of guards or even let go of some because they are not needed. Guards are expensive to hire, making a wrong decision can cost you a lot of money.

2. Hire A Reputable Agency

It has become a common practice among MCs to hire a security agency to supply guards. This does have benefits, most personnel come with basic safety training. Police verification, background checks etc would be cleared and above all, they may require very little training to settle into the job. So there, it seems great.

But. If you hire an agency with a questionable reputation, you may not only end up losing valuable cash, you’ll also be making compromises on the safety of your residents and the society in general.

Always best to hire an agency with a large footprint and a decent tenure in the industry.

3. Have A Plan Of Action – Teach The Guards About It

It is always recommended to have an emergency plan in place. In case of emergency, the guards would be expected to step up and take action. Either instruct the agency to train the guards for it or train them yourself on site.

Ideally, there should be a specific plan for each emergency. Fire, medical, man/child missing etc. And there should be one person dedicatedly monitoring the CCTV footage. Apart from this, make sure the guards have a thorough understanding of the architecture and plan of the entire gated community.

Human Error Is Still Possible

As an MC, you need to understand that depending on humans to look after all your security needs is probably a bad idea. The guards are humans, after all, they are prone to error. To make sure that they do the best and that everything stays smooth, equip them with a technical backbone. The ADDA GateKeeper is the best ever security solutions tool for apartment complexes. It is a tablet-based security management system that allows you to keep digital records of everything from visitors log to staff attendance and much more.

If you are looking for a way to strengthen the security system equip your guards with the ADDA GateKeeper – a product commonly called as the security nerve centre of apartment complexes!


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The Peculiar case of 3 Apartments!

A year back we were asked to give a demo of our product in a central Delhi Apartment complex.

The Building was quite old and the Security Guard was very diligently entering all Visitor Data in a register. A resident was standing behind him supervising it.

We were impressed by such diligence regarding Data capture of Visitors.

Soon we got to know the reason and the fact that the process is quite new.

The Complex is surrounded by low-income slums. Residents themselves belong to the middle to upper middle class.

There have been small instances of thefts which the Association decided not to report to police for the hassle and bad reputation of the property.

But recently something happened due to which they went to Police as well as Media!

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How To Handle An Electrical Fire in Your Apartment

Fires are a common domestic peril. If you live in a small apartment, being aware of the things to do to handle electrical fire when an electrical fire breaks out, could one day save your life. Learning how to contact emergency services or raising an alarm alone may not help. These fires spread quite quickly and require specific kinds of extinguishers. What could save you is the presence of mind and knowledge about the things that will be discussed in the course of this article.

So, let’s begin.

Causes Of An Electrical Fire

Not all electric fires begin with sparks. Sometimes it is just a flickering light and sometimes an unusual odor, like burning insulation. The sad part is that most often people expect fires to begin in the kitchen and from inflammable substances alone.

Around 500 odd deaths occur every year due to a domestic electrical fire. Here are some of the most common causes or triggers of electrical fires.

1. Old wiring cables

Wires too have an expiry date. Most people just assume that wires used while the house was built will stay on perpetually. The wires too will lose their efficiency due to wear and tear and could have breaks or tears in their outer insulation layer. If there’s a power surge, broken insulation could be deadly.

2. Old electrical devices

This is common knowledge. Appliances and devices come with a life span. The older they get, the less efficient they become. Once a mechanical device crosses its expected lifespan, it most certainly should be considered as a fire hazard and replaced immediately.

3. Overloaded circuits

For the past few decades, every circuit inside an appliance or even the main electrical wiring circuits come fitted with a fuse or a circuit breaker to counter dangers of a power surge. However, over time, fuses become weak and sometimes fail completely. The leads to a flow of excess power, overloading the circuit and causing deadly electrical fires.

If you notice constant tripping in your MCB, it is time to get the circuit checked.

What To Do When There Is A Fire?

Never try to extinguish a domestic fire by pouring water all over it. Unless you are absolutely sure about the nature of fire, use methods that extinguish fires by cutting off the oxygen supply. Try to remain calm and follow the steps described below.

1. Locate the source

Unless the fire is large enough that you have to evacuate immediately, try to identify the source of the fire. Your whole building could be saved from another “Grenfell” episode if you locate the fire’s source and put it out. You could save hundreds of lives.

Look for sparks, intense burning odors, and maximum intensity flames. They are often found closer to the actual source.

2. Attempt cutting off power supply

If the fire is caused by a malfunctioning appliance, try to unplug it. If you manage to do that, you can proceed to put out the flames next. Never attempt removing the plug if the wires are wet or if there are inflammable substances in the vicinity. You could electrocute yourself or cause an explosion.

3. Try to extinguish the flames

Most builders mandate that a fire extinguisher be placed in the kitchens within individual units. If you have one, use it. Also, make sure that the extinguisher say’s A-B-C on its body. These are the kind of extinguishers that come handy to put out a wide range of fires.

If you don’t have an extinguisher, use alternate sources. Baking soda can put out small flames. Thick blankets or carpets can cut off oxygen supply and thereby, kill the fire. Alert the security or call the fire brigade yourself.

4. Avert immediate danger & RUN

Putting out the fire doesn’t mean you are out of danger. Inhalation of smoke or fumes can lead to death. Carbon monoxide contained in secondary smoke could kill you due to asphyxiation. Soot or dust from the fire could enter your respiratory system and stop your lungs from functioning which would leave you to suffocate and die.

As soon as you put out flames and kill the source of fire, evacuate with your family. Wait for the fire brigade to arrive to do a sweep to ensure that the place is safe to inhabit.

Stay Informed. Stay Alive

The world is still recovering from the tragic incident where the Grenfell tower went up in flames. Speculations are rife that it happened due to an electrical fire. Sometimes, being well informed and using your presence of mind is what saves you.

Let’s make sure that this information reaches everyone around us. Let not another building burn and take lives with it.

Thank you!

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Why CCTVs Are Not Enough To Secure Your Apartment

Each time the phrase “security system” is mentioned, what comes to most people’s heads is a series of TV screens that show live feed from different parts of a building. We’re sure you just imagined it in your head too!

CCTVs have become a staple in most offices, commercial buildings and residential societies. However, how many of us are aware that CCTVs alone are incompetent to provide security?

Ideally, a security system should be composed of equipment and manpower that can collective detect and prevent crime, while also creating a record of the incidents that occurred.

Here’s Why CCTVs Alone Are Inefficient

We’re sure you already understand this fact, but make sure that the point sinks through, here’s detailing why we say so.

1. Can’t stop a crime in progress

CCTVs simply provide you with live video feed. Unless the cameras can sprout hands and legs to jump into immediate action, a crime in progress cannot be prevented. Or, there should be someone sitting glued to the numerous TV screens at all times.

2. It can be easily cheated

Someone in a Burqa or even a cap or hooded T-shirt can get away with sneaking around. CCTVs do not have X-ray vision to see through clothing or helmets.

3. They are easy to break

Many crimes have been recorded where the CCTV cameras at the site were broken badly. For criminals, it would be an added shroud of anonymity if along with wearing protective clothing they also broke the cameras. That way, no video recording of the crime would be available.

4. They don’t raise alarms

Most CCTV systems do not alert officials or even people when suspicious activities are spotted. They will simply continue to record and/or live stream. Not very effective, especially when there are fires or similar hazards breaking out.

5. They are not pocket-friendly either

The kinds that simply record are fairly inexpensive, but the ones that use Wi-Fi to broadcast are not exactly budget friendly. They also use up a lot of Internet which could be an added expense. And then there’s the fact that they become totally useless if the internet fails.

So What’s The Alternative?

CCTVs are not entirely useless. They are a vital part of security systems. It is just that such systems should include a few other elements too. CCTVs are effective crime deterrents in some cases because their very presence makes people reconsider the idea of committing a crime. Of course, that isn’t always the case. Technology is advancing at a rapid pace and so are the criminals using it. These days we even have network jammers that can block EM signals in a certain range.

CCTVs can never be replaced neither can they be ignored. What we can do is to create a system that is more comprehensive of today’s security needs.

A More Efficient Solution

What we really need is a video monitoring system that is combined with a feature to raise alarms and has manual guards to take immediate action while being solidly backed by technology.

The ADDA GateKeeper is a groundbreaking tablet-based security system that behaves like the security nerve center of your entire apartment complex. Here are the benefits of this system.

  • The security guards at the gate get to track every visitor, every vehicle and every staff that enters the compound.
  • Residents receive notifications of each visitor checking into the compound with the intention of paying them a visit.
  • Guards capture photographs and verify ID cards submitted by visitors.
  • If a staff is caught doing something unusual or criminal, he/she can be blacklisted and prevented from ever entering the gates of the society.
  • To top it off, the ADDA GateKeeper comes with a panic alert button which sounds a loud alarm alerting the security guard and also two safety contacts of the resident’s choice.

Many complexes from across the country depend on the ADDA GateKeeper for all their apartment security needs.

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