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PM software sets sights on safety with smoke alarm integration

By Staff Reporter
08 December 2023 | 11 minute read
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An innovative new solution to smoke alarm maintenance gives tenants, property managers and landlords peace of mind.

Property management software system MRI Property Tree has successfully integrated with Australian proptech start-up Sensor Global to enhance smoke alarm monitoring and compliance.

Sensor Global has developed an automated smoke alarm ecosystem that uses IoT (Internet of Things) technology to connect rental property smoke alarms to the cloud, enabling them to be managed and tested remotely.

All states require landlords to have operational smoke alarms installed, and have different compliance requirements associated with the life-saving devices, including annual testing. Traditionally, that means coordinating a site visit, including keys and access. This also leaves substantial room for device failure, given that the property manager can only check for compliance once a year.

Sensor has been able to remove the need for physical inspections of smoke alarms while also allowing for greater certainty that the device is operational by allowing for remote testing of smoke alarms at intervals set by the property manager. All communication with tenants is automated and they are able to choose convenient times for alarms to be remotely tested so the process is not disruptive.

In addition, the Sensor platform auto monitors for any tampering of smoke alarms, which is a breach of lease terms in many states.

According to the National Coronial Information System, between 2001 and 2019, 56 per cent of the country’s fire fatalities occurred in homes that had a non-working smoke alarm.

This integration intends to provide peace of mind for all parties, and ensure greater smoke alarm compliance 365 days of the year. Importantly, the Sensor cloud platform is self-reliant and does not rely on the tenant’s wi-fi to ensure ongoing connection of smoke alarms to the integrated Sensor Network.

Sensor Global founder, Andrew Cox, said the integration with MRI represents an important step for the company as well as Australian consumers.

“We’re very excited to be integrated with MRI Property Tree, Australia’s first broad scale residential property management cloud platform, and to build greater awareness of the benefits of IoT technology to property managers with MRI Property Tree customers.

“We know that making Sensor Global alarm testing automated with the MRI Property Tree integration has the potential to save tenant lives by making it easy for property managers to test smoke alarm systems more regularly, or on demand, while using the software that is already the backbone of their business,” he said.

MRI’s director of Partner Connect APAC, Steve Grubmier, commented that the integration opened up more possibilities for further safety monitoring.

Sensor Global’s remote monitoring of smoke alarms is an innovative example of how emerging technology can support property managers by reducing their workload while also delivering better experiences and safety to tenants, and less risk to landlords,” Mr Grubmier said.

“We love the fact that their roadmap includes water and gas leak detection and can see some very real safety, compliance and asset protection benefits from the Sensor Global system,” Mr Cox added.

PM software sets sights on safety with smoke alarm integration
andrew cox steve grubmier reb szerav
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