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Raheja Empress Tanna Residency Goes Live on ADDA GateKeeper

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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.

 

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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.

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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!

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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.

Gift-Pass

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

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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.

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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.

HelpDesk

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.

Notices

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.

Conversations

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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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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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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5 Tips For Apartment Safety

We have covered the topic of apartment safety multiple times, but since the world around us keeps changing every minute, it is kind of essential to stay updated about apartment safety on a regular basis. Burglars are coming up with more and more innovative ways to rob a house & dropping your guard could be dangerous.

So here are some things that you can do to make sure that your apartment stays safe at all times.

1. Strengthen overall apartment security

Individually securing your apartment sometimes isn’t enough. The entire compound needs to be better equipped to withstand every possible emergency.

Join hands with your fellow residents and discuss about setting up a system that is hard to breach. CCTVs and security guards alone are obsolete these days. An app based security system like ADDA Gatekeeper is vital for overall management & security monitoring of residential complexes.

If you do not have one already, get one installed. The benefits that the ADDA Gatekeeper brings to your apartment complex are abundant. It offers the following –

  • As it is an App based security management system, it negates all the manual errors guards may commit.
  • Solid visitor management system that digitally records details of every visitor.
  • Alerts guards should a visitor overstay his/her welcome.
  • Sends instant notifications to residents about visitors which means even while away, residents will know who is dropping by.
  • Comes with an inbuilt panic alert system. If a resident is in danger, simply pressing a button sounds an alarm at the main gates and a safety contact of your choice.

2. Install a surveillance system

Even if you don’t have kids that you leave in the care of maids or too many valuables to speak of, a CCTV is recommended. The very presence of a CCTV will discourage maids and other potential criminals from committing a crime.

The ones that broadcast probably cost a little more than the ones that simply record. So you can opt of the latter, but it doesn’t hurt to have an extra set of eyes.

3. Better Locks

If the apartment you live in is rented, this is all the more applicable. It makes sense to have the old lock changed to a fresh and solid one. We never know if the previous tenant has a key or not. Even otherwise, if the home is your own, having a high-end, hard to break locking system for your door is strongly recommended.

The general understanding is that units on the lower floors are more prone to burglary and crimes as opposed to higher floor units. So if your flat it is on the lower floors, make it a point to change or strengthen your locks every few years. In plenty of cases, a simple screw driver or even hair clips can be bent to form tools to pick a lock with.

4. Secure your balcony

Again, more applicable for the units in the lower floors. It does make sense to install grills or other forms of protection in your balcony to deter criminals or sometimes even animals. The doors that lead inside from the balcony too must be strengthened so that they won’t be easily picked.

5. Never drop your guard

This involves a series of things that you must do to keep yourselves and your family safe. This is just a basic set of pointers, we recommend that you get to know your neighborhood and premises better so that you know what to look out for.

  • Beware of deception crimes. Burglars often pose as utility workers to gain access to your house. Having a system like ADDA Gatekeeper can do wonders in preventing such imposters.
  • Keep copies of the ID cards your domestic staff provide. If you are not around when they come for duty, having a CCTV helps keep an eye on them.
  • Make your valuables hard to find. Don’t go for the conventional key under the pillow system. Install wall safes or lockers that are pretty hard to break.
  • Connect with your neighbors. Know who lives around you.
  • Strongly urge your residents association to install a system like ADDA Gatekeeper which not only monitors visitors and other gate-related activities, but also gives you perks like pre-checking in visitors and lots more.

The Final Word

In today’s times when security is starting to be considered a myth, being on your guard is vital to ensure that you and family stay safe. We cannot stress enough on the importance of having a software based solution at the gates and within to not just secure your apartment but also to bring together the residents and make for better a quality life.

We hope you found the article useful and do let us know if you have any concerns or safety tips that you would like to share. Don’t forget to share this article with your friends. Cheers!

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Indian Government Mandates Panic Alert Buttons In Mobiles

As per the statement issued late last year by the Indian Telecom Minister – Sri. Ravi Sankar Prasad, panic alert buttons have been made mandatory in all phones sold in Indian markets.

The rule has been imposed since 1st of January, 2017. While mobile manufacturers are still trying to make design changes to suit this need, the general public and officials see this as a welcome move.

With crimes and attacks against women in particular, showing a rise, this is certainly a step in the right direction towards ensuring security.

 

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In addition to panic alert buttons, inbuilt GPS modules too will be a compulsory feature in mobiles sold in India. The Telecom Minister stressed that technology is something that is meant to make human life easier and secure and that this was one of the ways in which we could actually achieve it, especially for the safety of our women.

The Background & Why This Was Long Overdue

The idea of a panic alert buttons was proposed simultaneously by the public and officials shortly after the Delhi gangrape and murder case happened in late 2013. Many felt that such a system may have saved the poor woman’s life. The Nirbhaya incident, as it was called, sparked widespread panic and associations that supported women’s welfare and other similar causes stepped forth to seek Govt. support to set up the necessary framework to enhance women’s security.

With the Government’s support, the Nirbhaya fund was set up which further powered various other initiatives like the tie up with police and mobile service provider to dole out immediate assistance to women in danger.

The panic alert feature in cell phones is one that was unanimously supported by officials and the general public alike. It is a relief to see that it has been implemented without much delay. As citizens, we need to understand that we don’t all have personal guards or Z-level security. We could easily be in situations that require help from emergency services and family. This could be a feature that would save your life one day.

How Panic Alert Buttons Work

As of now, the feature is designed in such a way that a long press on the keys 9 or 5 would initiate a call to invoke an emergency service. In case this cannot be programmed into the phone, the power on/off button should invoke the emergency call when short pressed 3 times.

While it would have been nice to have a dedicated button for the purpose, the fact that it could be accidentally pressed raising a false alarm deterred the phone companies and the authorities.

However, many have expressed that they feel that this is not sufficient. Because the panic button alerts only officials and emergency services and not kin, the feature seems incomplete to many.

The Better Option

As this rule came into being only this year, many people are yet to upgrade to phones that have this feature. Some just do not have the inclination to upgrade either for whatever reasons. For such people, here’s an alternative that would require just a few clicks on your existing phone –

It’s simple. The ADDA app.

The ADDA ERP & Admin app is something that is designed to manage activities inside an apartment. MCs from 1200+ apartment complexes from around the country make use of it to manage their societies.

While the ADDA app is for the residents to communicate with themselves and the staff. It is hugely popular across the country with 18500+ apartments already using it for internal communication.

How’s this relevant to our topic? Easy. The ADDA app has an inbuilt panic alert feature which raises a compelling alarm when pressed. Except the ones who are alerted are people within close reach. Here’s who the panic alert will reach –

  1. Security personnel at the gate
  2. Neighbors or trusted contacts that you pick

As opposed to emergency services, these are people who are in your immediate vicinity and are therefore, capable of taking immediate action.

And It Comes With Benefits Too

As you may already know, ADDA is dedicated to improving life inside apartment complexes. If you don’t use it already, we strongly recommend that you try it out. Visitor management, guest notifications, Panic Alert, parking management, accounting, accounting, and billingand billing etc are some of the features that we have.

In fact, why don’t you try it today? – Request Demo

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How To Stop Miscreants From Entering Your Apartment?

There’s a reason why everyone prefers to reside in a gated community. There are various amenities, a sense of being a part of a large family and above all, better security than in independent houses. Most apartments do have guards, CCTV surveillance and very vigilant residents. So while this definitely puts them at a higher level of security, some isolated incidents still manage to happen and that instills fear in all of us.

So, how do you stop miscreants from slipping into a society and committing crimes?

There are the obvious options –

  • Increasing the number of security guards on duty
  • More CCTV cameras
  • Drills for the residents to be vigilant all the time and to report any activity that seems suspicious
  • Stricter rules for checking people in

There are quite a few things that can be done to ramp up security. But the thing is this – All these measures, even when implemented in the best possible way, are obsolete.

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Things To Do Before You Leave On A Holiday

It’s summer vacation time over India and the holiday moods are in full swing! If you are planning to take a much-needed break and go on a trip with your family, here’s a holiday checklist of things to make sure that everything stays smooth.

Now, if you are going on a very short trip, like two days or less, the amount of preparation needed would be quite less and limited to the domain of things you carry with you alone. However, if you are going on a long trip, the kind that spans several days or weeks, you’ll need to make sure that your residence is equipped to stay on its own.

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