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Attracting top quality tenants with Axis
Conlin Properties improves residential life and their bottom line with Axis network cameras
“The Axis cameras have become a huge selling point with current and future residents. They’re really impressed when they see the largescreen monitor in the rental office displaying all those camera views of the property.” Beth Ehlers, Vice President, Conlin Properties.
Conlin Properties wanted to improve tenant safety in the 29 affordable housing apartment complexes it manages in the Greater Des Moines area. To that end, it joined the Crime Free Multi-Housing Program, an international prevention initiative designed to reduce crime, drugs and gangs on apartment premises. In addition to organizing intensive training for building managers and a community outreach program on crime prevention for its properties to be certified, Conlin Properties also elected to upgrade its surveillance system.
Conlin Properties teamed with ICS Advanced Technologies—an Ames, Iowa-based technology provider, integrator and Axis partner—to design a cost-effective solution that could address a variety of challenges. ICS installed a fiber optic network to connect buildings and deployed over 500 HDTV-quality fixed, dome and panoramic/360° Axis network cameras. The cameras are managed by Salient CompleteView Enterprise software. Most properties house the video on local Salient servers, but properties with fewer cameras are hosted in ICS’ data cloud servers. All the properties are connected through their Virtual Private Network service and easily accessed via the ICS Proxy. This puts all the cameras at their fingertips quickly and easily without the need to log into the VPN.
In addition to achieving Crime Free Multi-Housing program certification and increasing the safety of tenants and building staff, Conlin Properties has noticed a 40 percent decrease in incident calls. Building managers have also reported a significant drop in destructive behavior and vandalism, which has reduced maintenance costs because hallway carpets and wall paint are lasting two or more years longer than they had in the past.