POSTED ON March 15, 2019

Feature in Focus: Vehicle Management

The Vehicle Management feature ensures that no unauthorized vehicles can enter the community and help residents with drivers know when their car has entered or is leaving.

What is Vehicle Management?

Communities usually keep track of vehicles entering and exiting a community with RFID tags or stickers. This is both expensive and ineffective. myGate’s vehicle tracking feature employs a simple method to keep a track of your vehicle’s movement in and out of the society (helps especially in cases where you have a driver or share your car with your children or family). The guards are trained to log in numbers of visitors’ vehicles. If it is found that the visitor has parked in the wrong space, the guard can simply enter the vehicle number to fetch the contact of visitor or resident and resolve the problem.

Why we built this feature

Gated communities have ample parking space. Outsiders and cabs using society parking space illegally to park vehicles is a common problem reported across societies. myGate’s Vehicle Management feature is a simple solution to the problem of unauthorised vehicles.

How it works

All residents need to update their profile with details of their vehicles. Here’s what you need to do. 1. On the myGate app, click on ‘Household’ and go to ‘My Vehicles’; 2. Click on ‘+ADD’; 3. In a pop-up window, you will be asked to enter the vehicle number, the name and the type of vehicle; 4. Click on ‘Submit’ and a new card will be shown on your activity feed confirming the addition of your vehicle. Every time your car or two-wheeler enters or leaves your society, the guard is responsible for entering the last 4-digits of your vehicle number and confirming whether it is entering the society or leaving. This feature keeps out unauthorised vehicles and provides important information to residents about their vehicle entry and exit. Read about other society management features of myGate, SmartEye Attendance and Clubhouse Entry.

POSTED ON March 15, 2019

Feature in Focus: SmartEye Attendance

SmartEye Attendance helps your community ensure complete accuracy in staff attendance by verifying their check-in and check-out time with facial recognition technology.

What is SmartEye Attendance?

SmartEye Attendance is a myGate feature that can be activated on any guard device. It requires the guard to take a picture of staff as they enter and exit the community. The technology compares each picture with the original profile picture of the staff member and flags it off in case of any exception.

Why we built this feature

Gated communities typically rely on the register book to record attendance of their staff. This often leads to false/fake entries and the society’s management has no way of proving its case. With facial recognition technology, myGate eliminates any chance of false entry, thereby ensuring accurate salary payments for all staff members.

How it works

1. Every time a staff member checks in, the guard device app will prompt the security guard to take a picture of the staff; 2. This attendance image is matched with the staff’s profile picture and any wrong entry is flagged off to the society admin; 3. You can view all attendance records by logging into your society dashboard. Guard Attendance SmartEye Attendance is an inexpensive solution that takes staff attendance at gated communities to a whole new level. Read about other society management features of myGate, Vehicle Management and Clubhouse Entry.

POSTED ON March 15, 2019

Feature in Focus: Clubhouse Entry

Every gated community that wishes to track how its clubhouse is being used, by whom and at what time can now do so with myGate’s Clubhouse Entry feature.

What is Clubhouse Entry?

The Clubhouse Entry feature on myGate enables the society to ensure that only residents and their guests are allowed to use the clubhouse. It also allows the Society management to understand the utilization of the facility and provides details in case of misuse of any equipment or a dispute. The management committee also has the option of restricting any resident’s entry into the clubhouse. For example, if a resident fails to pay maintenance charges or moves out of the society, their 6-digit myGate passcode can be invalidated.

Why we built this feature

It’s impossible for guards to know the names and faces of every resident in the community. As a result, many communities’ clubhouses often end up being used by outsiders. This creates a huge security threat. Clubhouse Entry ensures that only authorized residents have access to the facilities.

How it works

1. Provide your unique 6-digit passcode to the guard at the entrance of the clubhouse; 2. Provide details of the facility you will be using and the number of guests (if any) with you; 3. The guard will mark your entry; 4. When you’re leaving the facility, the guard will log you out of the clubhouse. The Clubhouse Entry feature is useful as it allows tracking and monitoring of what amenities are being used and who is accessing the clubhouse, thereby increasing accountability of residents and their guests, as well as preventing misuse or unauthorised entry. Read about other society management features of myGate, Vehicle Management and SmartEye Attendance.

POSTED ON March 8, 2019

Feature in Focus: Kid Checkout Permission

The large kids’ play area is one of the most important draws to a gated community. But are you ever nervous that your kids will choose to leave the community without your knowledge? myGate has a solution that will bring you peace of mind.

What is Kid Checkout Permission?

A simple feature that ensures your kids always require your permission to leave the community (with or without an escort). It addresses both planned and unplanned exit from the community.

Why We Built This Feature

Many of our users are parents with young children. Some of the parents we spoke to informed us that while they encourage their children to roam freely in the community, they are extremely nervous that they may leave without permission. To rid parents of this feeling, we built Kid Checkout Permission.

How it Works

Your kid’s departure from the community could be planned or unplanned. Let’s begin with how this feature works in case of a planned exit:

Scenario #1: Planned Exit

1. Go to Quick Links, select Kids 2. Pick the ‘Allow Exit’ option 3. Select the time range and confirm Once you perform the above three steps, you will instantly see a new card in your Activity Feed confirming you have allowed your kid to exit the society. Now, when your kid is exiting your society, it will be visible to the guard that the kid has permission to leave the society.

Scenario #2: Unplanned exit

1. Guard enters child’s flat number 2. Guard seeks your approval 3. You allow or deny exit Based on your response, the guard will permit or deny exit. Do note that in case you do not respond to the in-app notification, an IVR call will be placed immediately. The Kid Checkout Permission feature, therefore, is an additional layer of security at your community. Read more about our other security features, Overstay Alert and Validated Partner Entry.

POSTED ON March 8, 2019

Feature in Focus: Validated Entries

We’ve partnered with your favourite online delivery partners to ensure that you and your community receive background-verified details of the executive. No more fake entries and quicker deliveries for all myGate users!

What is Validated Entries?

When a resident places an order with our partner firms, myGate receives the background verified details of their assigned delivery executive directly from the partner firm. These details are then shared with the resident prior to the arrival of the delivery agent, and validated by the security guard.

Why We Built This Feature

Prevents fake entries: By ensuring that the information about verified delivery executives come directly from the partner firms, any potential fake entry attempt can be avoided. Faster delivery to residents: As residents will get the option to auto-approve the delivery executive while he/she is about to reach the society gate, wait time at the gate will be significantly reduced.

How it Works

1. All residents are opted in for Validated Entries by default 2. To provide auto-approval for all future deliveries from a partner: a. Go to ‘Household’ on the home screen b. Scroll down to ‘Validated Entries’ c. Add any of the partners to your list The Validated Entries feature, therefore, brings greater security and convenience to your community. Read more about our other security features, Overstay Alert and Kid Checkout Permission.

POSTED ON March 8, 2019

Feature in Focus: Overstay Alert

Large communities can have over a thousand delivery executives and cab drivers go past the main gate everyday. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could ensure they don’t overstay their welcome?

What is Overstay Alert?

This feature enables the myGate admin to set the maximum duration these visitors may spend inside your community before an alarm goes off on the guard’s device.

Why We Built This Feature

On gated communities’ WhatsApp groups, there are often complaints of delivery executives loitering in the area or technicians advertising their services to other homes after completing one job in the community. This is all preventable with Overstay Alert.

How To Set It Up

To set up Overstay Alert for your community, any of the administrators may contact their customer representative and ask for it to be set up. You have the option of setting different durations for delivery executives and cabs. Your society can also decide how long a visitor can stay per flat. For example, if a visitor is going to 10 flats within the society and you have set a time-limit of 3 minutes per flat, then the visitor has 30 minutes to exit the society before the alarm goes off. As soon as the time-limit is exceeded, a loud alarm is set off on every guard device with details of the visitor. This empowers the security guard to take action as per society guidelines. Read about our other security features, Kid Checkout Permission and Validated Partner Entry.

POSTED ON January 25, 2019

Celebrating The Unsung Heroes #HeroesAtMyGate

  We just turned 3. This could not have been possible without your love and support. But as often seen, in every success story there is a silent contributor, we at myGate have also been blessed to have such support amongst us. Wondering who we are talking about? It is our security guards. Ever present these guards are the invisible and unappreciated pillars to our success story. We see these people every day, often more than once yet our behavior towards them seems cold and closed. They work tirelessly, many a time through odd hours to keep us, our families and homes safe. India currently has more than 80 lakh security guards. A great number of whom are migrants from remote rural areas with families back home, whom they hardly get to visit. It has been a humbling journey for us in the last few years to feel so welcomed by every security guard we have had the opportunity to work with. They were willing and enthusiastic to learn about our product and many have even recommended us. After having engaged with them over the years and learning about their struggles and feelings of being underappreciated, we decided we wanted to do something special for those who have not just helped us grow but have also made us feel safe, always. So, this video is for them, thanking them for the wonderful job they do every day. We hope to inspire as many people as we could through this video to show a little humility the next time they meet their guard. You can also nominate a guard who has gone beyond the call of duty to ensure your well-being. To nominate click here, and upload a picture with your guard and share your experience with us. So let’s come together and give your hero a chance to win a handsome reward.

POSTED ON January 18, 2019

Top 4 Things To Think About Before Moving Into A Gated Community

With the increased economic growth, there is a resultant rise in the availability of jobs and opportunities in cities. This has consequently resulted in a flood of people who are making a market for apartment complexes and gated communities. If you are new to the city and are looking for a new home in an apartment or a gated community, here are some important things you must keep in mind.

1. The location:

Before you decide to settle on a particular gated community to shift in, make sure you have given the location of the society a real thought. Make sure it is close to all essential shops and services that you would need on a regular basis. Also, it is important to find out the crime rate and the pollution levels of the neighbourhood before narrowing down on a particular community to stay in.

2. Budget:

Deciding to put a cap on the amount of money you would want to spend for a house is extremely crucial. While the locality does play an important part in deciding the rate of the house, it would make sense to pay a little more and buy a house that is near your work place, so that you could cut down on the travelling.

3. Facilities offered by the community:

An important factor to consider before you decide to move in should be the facilities offered by the gated community. Amenities like, a small hospital, an emergency grocery shop, a safe and a secure playground for the kids, ample parking space are factors that should play a major role in your decision making.

4. Security Features:

Everybody wants to live in a community where the safety and security of the residents is the number 1 priority for the management committee. While many gated communities boast of having the best security guards in town, only myGate understands the problems faced by the people and gets down to solving them. From digitizing the register entries to letting only authenticated people into the apartment in a fast and a seamless way, myGate does it all. If you find that the list of communities you are planning to live in are using myGate, be rest assured about the safety aspect for your family.

myGate is already deployed at over 100+ communities in India and this number only seems to be increasing. With customers like Adarsh, Shobha, Mantri and Salarpuria among the many others, myGate is latching its roots in the security space of the gated communities in the country rapidly. To know more about how myGate can help building your community into a safe society, do click on the link and we will be happy to be there for a free demo.

POSTED ON January 18, 2019

3 Way How myGate Helps In Strengthening The Existing Security System Of A Gated Community

It is nearly undebatable that the security system offered by a gated community is a lot safe than that you get by living in an individual house. Hence the rapid increase in the demand for houses in gated communities is completely justified, however as the number of people opting for such communities increase so does the problem of security and the management of the processes at the gate. While gated communities require and promise a high level of security the delivered level is not even close, hence resulting in the rising number of crimes of-late. Here is when myGate, an intelligent security solution comes into play with a scope of enhancing the existing security level by digitizing the process at the gate.

The myGate team visited numerous gated communities and noted the key problems faced by the security department of a society. Here is how myGate intends on solving each of these problems by strengthening the existing security system;

1. Traditional register entries at the gate is now a thing of the past

Asking visitors to do the traditional register entry every time they step into the community is all a farce. Not only most of the times is the writing is unreadable but most of the times the guards have lost track if the visitor has checked out or not. myGate avoids these mishaps by digitizing every entry and exit process of the gate. Hence there is a notification sent to the resident every time a visitor or a house help checks in and out of the society.

2. Maintaining visitor logs do not ever help in finding the culprit

Generally, people entering apartments are requested to enter the details about where they are coming from and whom they intend to meet in a register. Incase of any mishap, these registers are checked with an aim to find the culprit, however this method is not only outdated but also not good enough. The reason being the probability to read the handwriting and get back to the right person is minimal. Hence myGate takes away this issue by using technology to keep a check on who has come in, at what time, to meet whom and left the apartment at what time. Thus making the whole system secure with an aim to eliminate human error as much as possible.

3. During peak hours at the gates some entries tend to get missed out

Every morning and evening for a certain number of hours the footfalls in the gated community are the highest. It is during these hours when certain entries may get missed out, since the guards are overworked with making register entries for the house helps, service providers, cabs, delivery boys and so on. With certain entries getting missed, creeps in room for danger. This situation can be avoided by using myGate where every entry is authorized with a digital code.

myGate also offers a host of other features that helps in easy living for the resident. It is already deployed at over 100+ communities in India and this number only seems to be increasing. With customers like Adarsh, Shobha, Mantri and Salarpuria among the many others, myGate is latching its roots in the security space of the gated communities in the country rapidly. To know more about how myGate can help your community in building a safe neighborhood, click the link below for a free demo.

POSTED ON January 18, 2019

Is Your Gated Community As Safe As You Perceive It To Be?

The growing economic status of the citizens has resulted in a rapid increase in the real estate department leading to people crowding the gated communities. A recent survey carried out in most metros reveals that 1 in every 4 people reside in a gated community and this number only seems to be on a rise. Apart from the affordability and the facilities offered by the community, the security features offered by the society is a major factor for most people to choose a gated community over individual houses. However, are gated communities actually delivering the security that they promised?

Why gated communities are not as safe as we perceive them to be?

Gated communities are guarded by security guards who are not educated or motivated enough to keep a strict record on who is coming in and out of the community. Also, there are certain hours during morning and evening when the footfalls in the community are the maximum. Form children rushing to school, to cabs coming in and out, to house helps and delivery boys stepping in and out of the community, these security guards lose complete track of all the visitors. Hence there could be a situation where an unauthorized person steps into the community and the guard would have no clue. Apart from this, people who make register entries write in a fashion that is almost unreadable, hence again giving room for dangers to creep in.

How myGate creates a safe neighborhood?

myGate understands the immense pressure on the guards who are expected to perform with negligible training and salary. This intelligent security solution helps take the pressure of the guards using technology to digitize the processes at the gate making it not only error free but also providing a seamless entry for your visitors. myGate has features that authenticates the entry of every person who steps into the community using unique codes. For visitors like delivery boys, friends/relatives, cabs etc a new code is generated that is valid only for a day hence leaving no scope of the code being misused. Other features like taking a photo of the visitor and keeping a tab on the amount of time a cab or a delivery boy has spent in the apartment is also checked by this security solution which aims to give the residents an enhanced sense of safety.

myGate is already deployed to over 100+ communities in India and this number only seems to be increasing. With customers like Adarsh, Shobha, Mantri and Salarpuria among the many others, myGate is latching its roots in the security space of the gated communities in the country rapidly. To know more about this intelligent security solution, click the link below and we will be happy to be there for a free demo.

POSTED ON January 18, 2019

Top 5 Problems Faced By Residents Of Gated Communities And myGate’s Solution For Them

There are tons of regular everyday issues that the residents of nearly every gated community face. myGate has made a commendable effort in addressing most of these issues; we have listed out the five most common issues face by residents and how myGate helps them address each of them;

1. The maid suddenly takes leave for a long period

One of the most terrifying situations faced by the lady of the house is her maid informing that she won’t be coming to work or worse, the maid just takes off without even informing. To deal with this situation, myGate has an feature called, ‘My Daily Helps’, where one can instantly hire any of the daily helps among the many options that are listed.

2. You are waiting for the delivery package but the delivery guy is stuck at the gate for over half an hour

In huge complexes, the early morning and evening hours at the main gate are at its chaotic best. From office cabs and school buses to house helps and delivery boys everyone is trying their best to get in and out of the community at the earliest. In this scenario, the validation of a delivery boy tends to take the longest especially if the complex has over 1000 houses. To get your delivery package within minutes of it arriving at the gate, the residents can pre-approve the arrival of the delivery boy using the ‘Notify Gate’ feature. Hence once the pre-approval is done, the delivery boy is not re-authenticated and is let into the community instantly, the same can be done with cabs and other service providers too.

3. You have to leave for work but your maid is still working

A lot of times we have to go to work in the morning and leave the house to the maid till she finishes her chores. With myGate in play, the residents can leave the house without worrying because the maid has to show all her belongings to the guard before leaving the apartment which he will match with the things she had at the time of entry on his guard app. Hence anything extra will be confiscated instantly, unless it is supported by a gate pass given by the residents, an option that can be found in the ‘Notify Gate’ tab.

4. Fire broke out at home and you need to inform the gate

God forbid, fire ever breaks out at a home of a community where myGate is in play, the residents can use the ‘Security Alert’ feature to inform the main gate about the disaster. An alarm will instantly start beeping on the guard app, indicating an emergency.

5. Cabs are on a strike and you don’t have a driver

This can be a very frustrating situation because a major section of the society depends on public cabs to commute to work. However, if these cabs are ever on a strike then we can hire a driver for a specific number of days using the ‘My Daily Helps’ feature and hire a drive instantly.

myGate is already deployed at over 100+ communities in India and this number only seems to be increasing. With customers like Adarsh, Shobha, Mantri and Salarpuria among the many others, myGate is latching its roots in the security space of the gated communities in the country rapidly. To know more about how this intelligent security solution can help you, click the link below, and we will be happy to be there for a free demo.

POSTED ON January 18, 2019

3 Times We Undermined Security Measures While Staying In A Gated Community

As per a reliable survey, 85% of the people living in metros prefer living in gated communities, thanks to the number of facilities, the standard of living and the security features they offer. However, once people have bought a home in one of these communities, they tend to relax on the security issues, since they feel that the management committee is taking good care of this factor. Here is when the problem creeps in and the residents of these gated communities open themselves to dangers while staying in these posh societies.

myGate tackles these dangers in an attempt to give every family the safety and security they deserve. From replacing the traditional register entries with an intelligent digitized solution to reducing the time and effort taken at the gate to have a seamless entry for the right visitors, myGate has a solution for it all.

However, there are some dangers that come along with the people who we consciously let into our homes, myGate can tackle them too. We have listed out certain scenarios where crime could have happened and how those communities using myGate are freed of these problems.

1. Maid stealing goods from the house

myGate addresses this problem with the guard making a note on the myGate app about all the things that the maid has before she gets into the complex and matches it on his myGate guard app, with the number of things the house help has on leaving. Incase the resident decides to give something to the maid, they can inform the gate (by giving a gatepass) using the ‘Notify Gate’ option.

2. Delivery boy overstaying after a stipulated time

Overstaying could mean that the person is engaged in something other than what he has come in for. myGate addresses this issue by keeping a tab on the time a delivery boy or a cab has entered the complex. If they have not checked out in the stipulated time decided by the management committee, an ‘Overstay alert’ alarm will start ringing on the myGate app given to the guard. This will immediately notify the guard about the flat number where the delivery boy/ cab driver has entered.

3. A service provider misbehaving with the resident

Mygate has a feature called ‘Security Alert’ in the ‘Notify Gate’ tab that can be used to send an urgent message to the security guards at the gate. The guards will be trained to respond to this message with utmost urgency and immediately come to the rescue of the resident who had sent this message.

These are just few examples out of the many more services that myGate provides. myGate is already deployed at over 100+ communities in India and this number only seems to be increasing. With customers like Adarsh, Shobha, Mantri and Salarpuria among the many others, myGate is latching its roots in the security space of the gated communities in the country rapidly. Click the link below to know more and we will be happy to come down for a free demo.

POSTED ON January 18, 2019

Heard About Nanny’s Who Abused a Baby For Begging? Bangalore Based Startup Is Here For Rescue.

For families where both the parents are working, an option adopted by many is too leave their kids in the care of the nannies. However as per a report from a reliable source, a nanny in Bangalore did the unthinkable. She would take care of the child for as long as the parents would be at home in the morning and in the evening. Since both the parents were working, as soon as they would leave, she would start her own ‘begging racket’. She would feed the baby sedatives and dress him in rags before renting him for begging. Here is exactly how she earned her extra buck, she would rent the baby out to a beggar for 100 Rs a day and bring the baby back before the parents came back in the evening.

During the investigation, it was revealed that she was hired through a reputed agency, which by most people is considered a safer choice of house helps. The mother of the victim found out about this situation, because she happened to walk into the house one day and found the maid and home and the baby missing.

However, this incident could have been avoided if myGate was installed at their community. Wondering how?

When this intelligent solution is in play, the maid would have had to show the all her belongings while leaving the apartment which would be matched with everything she took while stepping into the apartment, anything extra would be immediately confiscated. Hence sneaking a child out of the apartment in whatever pretext would be an impossible task. Also, whenever the maid would leave, a message would be sent to the owners, so the owners could keep a track on whenever she is coming and going. Hence this situation could have been avoided and instantly handled with the installation of myGate.

myGate is already deployed by over 100+ communities in India and this number only seems to be increasing. With customers like Adarsh, Shobha, Mantri and Salarpuria among the many others, myGate is latching its roots in the security space of the gated communities in the country rapidly. To know more about the other features of this intelligent security system and how they could help in enhancing the security features of your society, click on the link below.

POSTED ON January 18, 2019

Here Is How myGate Has Made Life Simple For Everyone Associated With A Gated Community

With the increase in the number of houses in the gated communities, comes not only an enhanced level of security but also a lot of confusion at the gates. With tons of people coming in and out of the community on an everyday basis, a lot of uninvited people may also step into your community and here, is when the problem creeps in. The security guards are neither motivated nor educated enough to keep a strict check on who is coming into the community and leaving at what time. Hence increases a gap between the expected and the delivered security level of the communities.

myGate intends to not only bridge this gap and enhance the security of a gated community but also take the immense pressure off the guards and everyone associated with a gated community. Here is how we intend on achieving our aim;

1. Gives the owners a complete control on who is let into the community

myGate gives the residents of the gated communities a complete control on deciding who steps into the community. So only people they are expecting will be allowed entry, hence eliminating a major section of the society that may cause danger. There are also other features like pre-approving entries and instantly hiring house helps among the many other features of myGate which help in lessening the stress of the residents.

2. Lessens the stress on the guards

A typical community hires 3–4 guards who work for a specific shift, these guards are neither educated nor are they paid enough for the job they do. Hence the amount of expectations from the guards to make sure that only the right people enter the apartment is pretty stressful. myGate automates most of the entry and exist procedures making is easier for the guards to keep a check and monitor the activities at the gate. Thus, creating a secure environment.

3. Helping the management committe keep a complete check on the community

The basic role of the management community of a society is to ensure the safety and security of the residents and also make sure all their needs are catered to. myGate helps the management committee by automating the safety measures with the help of technology. It also provides features where house helps can be hired instantly, visitors can be pre-approved, security alarms are available at their fingertips, among the many other features which make the living of the society not only safe but a lot easier.

myGate is already deployed at over 100+ communities in India and this number only seems to be increasing. With customers like Adarsh, Shobha, Mantri and Salarpuria among the many others, myGate is latching its roots in the security space of the gated communities in the country rapidly. To know more about how this product is benefitting over 100+ societies, hit the link below.

POSTED ON January 18, 2019

7 Most Important Things To Do Just When You Move Into A New Apartment

Moving into a new apartment can be pretty stressful and exciting at the same time. The happiness of moving into your new home is capped with the tension of being sure if the decision of moving into this new house is right or not. If you or someone you know is going through a similar situation, then here are the 7 things you must do the moment you move into a new apartment.

1. Change the locks of the house

The first thing you must do after moving into a new house, is change all the old house locks of the house because the old locks might have multiple duplicate keys which can be dangerous. Hence changing the locks so that no outsider has access to your house is the first and the most important thing to do.

2. Get your house pest controlled

Contacting the nearest pest control to cleanse the house is important so that your family is safe from infections. The pest control guys typically take a day to spray the medicines all over the house.

3. Get together all the necessary contact information

Getting together important contact information like the phone numbers of the management committee, main gate security, nearest hospitals etc is important. These important numbers will help you in moments of emergencies.

4. Remember to submit address changes

Submitting your new address copy to get it changed in all the official documents is a must do, earlier done the better.

5. Install a security management system

The biggest plus of living in a gated community is the security services they offer. However, with the growing number of security issues , 3–4 guards employed with the responsibility of keeping a check on the security of the residents is way too much pressure. Hence every community should have a security management system which enhances the existing security levels.

6. Get familiarized with the people in the society

One of the first few things that people must do after moving into a new society is, get friendly with the neighbors and try and arrange for house helps. With most people in the family working nowadays, house helps are of utmost importance in order to maintain the house.

7. Install a security alarm

One of the most important security feature of a gated community is the installation of a security alarm, so that the security guards can react instantly in case of an emergency.

If you are moving into a community where myGate is in play, be rest assured that most of your security related issues are well handled. This intelligent security solution digitizes the process at the main gate which increases the security level for the residents without compromising on the convenience factor.

myGate is already deployed at over 100+ communities in India and this number only seems to be increasing. With customers like Adarsh, Shobha, Mantri and Salarpuria among the many others, myGate is latching its roots in the security space of the gated communities in the country rapidly. To know more about how myGate can help making your community a safe society, do click on the link below and we will be happy to come down for a free demo.

POSTED ON January 18, 2019

Here Is Why Digital Visitor Management Systems Are Becoming A Trend For Gated Communities

There is a growing trend among the people living in tire 1 and tire 2 cities, to buy houses in gated communities rather than in individual houses. It is the security offered by these communities that is one of the major reasons for this preference. However, when the myGate team decided to look a little deeper at the security of these gated communities, they found it to be in a woeful situation. In spite of the communities taking various security measures, there is an immense gap between the expected and the delivered security levels.

The latent need among the residents to bridge this gap is rising. The guards play a huge role in delivering the expected level of security. However, expecting a couple of guards to manually manage the massive influx of people ( delivery boys, cabs, house helps, service providers, guests)on a daily basis, is far from being practical. Click here to know more about how a security guard’s life would impact the security situation of a society.

In the current situation, a security guard manually writes down the details of a visitor and then confirms his/her identity with the residents, via intercom. In case nobody responds to the intercom call, the decision of allowing or denying the visitor’s entry is left to the guards discretion. Here are some of the disadvantages attached with this manual registration method of visitor entry.

  1. Visitors who are requested to jot down their details on a visitor log book are in a hurry and find the process tedious. In an attempt to finish the process quickly, their writing on the book is barely readable. Hence, security is compromised and in case of a mishap, there is a very little chance for the investigating team to figure out the written details.
  2. Visitor log books are easily available. Once the visitors writes down their details, anyone can view the log book, leading to lack of confidentiality.
  3. Most communities use different log books for the daily help of the society, maintenance staff and visitors. Juggling between these books whenever someone walks into the community is time consuming. Also, during peak hours when the main gate is the busiest, there is a substantial probability that a couple of entries could get missed out.
  4. Communities using manual visitor management systems may not have a record of when the visitor has left the society or if the visitor has left at all.

How digital visitor management system solves these problems.

  1. Since the information of the visitor is entered digitally, the information is not only legible, but also available at any point of time.
  2. The time taken to sign-in a visitor is cut down by at least half using a digital visitor management system.
  3. If the residents are expecting a particular visitor, he/she can be pre-approved using this method. This allows the visitor to sail in to the community gate smoothly.
  4. A photo could be added to the digital sign-in process, which would be an additional validation for the visitor’s identity.
  5. Visitors can easily be tracked. Those who haven’t left the society after their due time can be contacted and appropriate actions taken.

myGate is an intelligent security solution that is a step-up from a regular ‘digital visitor management’ system. For example, with the introduction of ‘e-Intercoms’, we do away with the need of wired intercoms to validate a visitor. For communities where myGate is in play, the residents can authenticate the entry of a visitor from where ever they are. We also provide ‘Real time domestic help management’, ‘Instant security alert’ and ‘Digital validation of all staff and residents’ among a host of other features.

With a vision to enable digital and smart security for gated communities, all of myGate’s features are available to the clients free of cost.We are already deployed at hundreds of communities in India and this number only seems to be increasing. With customers like Adarsh, Shobha, Mantri and Salarpuria among the many others, myGate is latching its roots in the security space of the gated communities in the country rapidly. To know more about how myGate can help you in building a safe society, do click here.

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POSTED ON January 18, 2019

Living With Old Parents? Here Is Why myGate Is A Must Have For Your Family

The corporate world is packed with schedules and deadlines to meet on a daily basis. Some corporate officials were asked about their everyday routine and here is what one of them said, “I leave home at 9:30 am to reach office at 10 am every single day. To leave by 9:30 in the morning, I have to wake up by around 6:00 am, pack food for my kids and make breakfast for my in-laws. Also, my kids come back home by 3 pm from school, so my in-laws take care of them to the best of their ability at their age. While I am in office, many a times, I am busy juggling between my work and worrying about things like, did my kids reached home safely? Did the maid come on time and finish the work? I hope no stranger walked in at home and everything at home is safe. Due to our tight work schedules, it is not possible for me to keep calling every half an hour to check at home. This is also one of the most important reasons for me to be constantly wondering about the well being of my family at home.”

In most metro cities nowadays most members of the family are working in 9–5 jobs and hence the time spent with the family is increasingly decreasing. To compensate for the time that they are not at home, people rely on the house helps to take care of their families. However, while most people are guilty of not being able to spend enough time with their young kids or old parents at home, the worry they have right through the day about their well-being cannot be denied.

How can myGate help?

With myGate in play, the resident will be notified about anyone who enters or leaves their house and they can not only monitor these activities but also control who enters their house. Every time a visitor enters the gate of their community, the residents will be sent a notification of their arrival, if they accept the notification, only then will the visitor’s entry will be allowed or else it will be denied. This way the working people can be at peace wherever they are, knowing fully well that their family at home is completely safe and secure.

myGate is already deployed by over 100+ communities in India and this number only seems to be increasing. With customers like Adarsh, Shobha, Mantri and Salarpuria among the many others, myGate is latching its roots in the security space of the gated communities in the country rapidly. To know more about how myGate can help you build a safe and a secure neighborhood, do click on the link below and we will come down for a free demo.

POSTED ON January 18, 2019

myGate, A Right Mix Of Security Guards And Technology

Over the past decade, science and technology has evolved enough to slowly eliminate the complete need of human involvement in most tasks. Early 2014, a popular article by ‘The Economist’ was published with the title, “The Future of Jobs: The Onrushing Wave.” The piece spoke about how technological advancements are playing a huge role in eliminating jobs that need human resources. This line of thought with respect to security begs the question — Can human security guards be completely replaced with robots?

The first robotic security guard that was launched in the United Kingdom is called, ‘Bob’. Built to patrol the headquarters of G4S, (one of the largest provider of human security guards), Bob is doing a pretty decent job at not only keeping a vigilant eye during patrolling, but also managing to hold a basic conversation with anyone it bumps into.

Bob, Britain’s first robotic security guard.

The Benefits of Using Robots Instead of Human Security Guards

Replacing human security guards with robots completely eliminates the need of initial training and then the periodic refresher/up-gradations of the same training. This also takes away the need of paying regular wages, effectively combating a high turnover and the continuous need to make sure that the employees are satisfied and are working as per their duties.

The Downside of Using Robots Instead of Human Security Guards

The biggest threat of using any technological device is that they are not intuitive in nature, so in case of an emergency they would end up taking action as per their programme, ignoring an obvious better option. Also, if a situation that they are not programmed for arises, they will be completely clueless about what action to take. To add to this disadvantage, these devices are always at a risk of breaking down.

myGate, A Right Mix Between Human Security Guards and Technological Devices

myGate understands the pitfalls of using only technology or only human security guards and bridges these gaps with an intelligent security system. myGate acts as a force multiplier for human security guards by helping them perform better by integrating technology and creating a security ecosphere where safety and security of the residents is greatly enhanced. myGate makes sure that the blend between human and technology is just right so that, while technology takes over the routine work, maintaining human intervention in case anything goes wrong is always an option in hand.

We have created different solutions for enhancing the existing security features in an apartment without compromising on the convenience of the residents. All the solutions offered by us leverage to using technology to the best and are completely in sink with the security guards, be it our automated guest authentication, real time domestic help management, attandance management, etc.

To know more about why myGate stands out against any other security services, Click Here.

myGate is already deployed at over 100+ communities in India and this number only seems to be increasing. With customers like Adarsh, Shobha, Mantri and Salarpuria among the many others, myGate is latching its roots in the security space of the gated communities in the country rapidly. Do click on the link to know more and we will be happy to be there for a free demo.

POSTED ON January 18, 2019

Things Every Gated Community Must Know Before Installing An Intercom System

Most of the people prefer living in gated communities because of the security features offered by these communities. One most common security aspect available is the authentication of visitors via intercom before letting them inside the community. If you have ever lived in a gated community, the chance that you have allowed people through the gates of your society, by validating their identity through an intercom would be high.

The intercom system also referred to as PBX (Private branch exchange) is typically installed by the builder and / or later fixed or installed by the community. There are certain aspects of the system that a community should be aware of before installing. However, before we dive into the details, let’s talk about the different intercom systems a gated community or builder typically considers. In most cases a PBX, IP PBX or a Centrex system is deployed for intercom.

Understanding PBX and IP PBX?

Private Branch Exchange (PBX) is an internal telephone network that is generally used within a private community, like within a business organisation or within a gated community. In the context of a gated community, residents use the facility to interact with fellow residents, facility offices, security guards etc and they can make unlimited free calls within the community.

IP PBX is an advanced version of PBX. The most significant feature added to this version is the addition of VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol). With this, in addition to free internal calls, the community can also route external calls over the internet, which is cheaper than a regular call. The pictorial example of the working of a PBX system is given in the last section.

Centrex is also a type of a PBX. However the switching equipment will be installed at the central office and not at the residents/ customers location. Generally, the telephone agency manages all the equipment and software that is required to implement a Centrex service.

Things to consider before deploying a PBX system.

1. The cost of a installing a regular PBX system would be around:

  • Hardware (e.g. exchange system): Rs 50,000/ per piece for about 500 users.
  • Installation ( wiring and other components): Approx. 1 lakh
  • Maintenance: Approx. 100 INR per flat per month
  •  The total cost for an apartment of about 500 flats would be approx. 3 to 3.5 lakhs

3. If a problem that occurs with the PBX system, the community will be left mediating between the phone service company and the PBX vendor. The community will be left trying to meet ends in order to get the system working again.

4. Any given PBX can support only a set number of phones. Hence removing or adding phones from the existing system will be a huge problem. Also, if the community is expanding by a large number, they might have to add another PBX system, which again is a substantial additional cost.

5. Requires one time Fixed Cost and AMC ( Annual maintenance cost). As time goes by, the AMC cost would keep increasing and after a certain period, would require complete replacement.

6. There would be no particular way to figure out if the line connected to the resident’s phone line is dead or is not responding.

7. ‘Moral Hazard Issue’, a situation where the resident may not take care of the device since it is not his/hers, might be a point of concern. This would increase the AMC cost to management committee.

How are intercoms/ PBX systems used in gated communities?

Every house in the community has an intercom device at their home and one at the entry and exit gates of the society. There is a specific code allotted to every intercom, which would be used to call the specific device. The call is routed through an internal exchange. All these intercoms are interconnected to increase the connectivity, communication and security in the apartment. Whenever a visitor enters the gate of the community, he/she tells the guard the house number they want to visit and the guard dials the code of the intercom in that specific house. The guard then validates the visitor’s identity by asking the resident if he/she is expecting the visitor and based on the resident’s response the visitor is either let into the community or told to leave.

Drawbacks with this method of validation

1. In case the resident is not at home or is unable to take the intercom call due to some situation, the visitor’s entry or exit into the community is left for the guard to decide.

2. There is no equipment portability with wired intercoms, since the device needs to be plugged in. Hence the resident would need to leave whatever they would be doing at that moment and got to the intercom to attend the call.

3. In case the wire is disrupted, due to stormy weather, electrical problems or utility power-cut, the device becomes invalid and the sole reason of installing an intercom fails.

4. Being an electronic device, the lifetime of the intercom device would be around 3–4 years. Hence replacing the device is a recurring cost that has to be borne by the community apart from the initial hardware and the installation costs.

5. The resident does not have the option of choosing the calls they want to take or avoid.

Additional Technical information about PBX

As per a technological website, “The users of the PBX phone system can communicate within their company or organization and the outside world, using different communication channels like Voice over IP, ISDN or analog. A PBX also allows you to have more phones than physical phone lines (PTSN) and allows free calls between users.”

Hardware Components of a PBX system

  1. CPU: Like computers, a PBX device too has a CPU ( Central Processing unit). It controls all switching activities, call logging, connect, routing of calls, disconnect etc.
  2. Power Supply: A power supply of -48V/-24DC DC is required for the telephone instrument to supply a dial tone, ring tone etc. The capacity of the unit depends on number of extension lines of the PBX. It is generally designed with a plugin card built into the PBX cabinet.
  3. Line Cards: These are used in order to increase the number of extension lines. This hardware equipment provides connects the telephone instrument at the user end.
  4. Operator console: Is used to control incoming calls and routing incoming calls to extensions with the help of human intervention.
  5. Trunk Lines: They are Analog or digital connections to the outside world of the PBX.
  6. Handsets: This is the device that will be placed in every house of the gated community and at every important check post of the community.
  7. Exchange: A large switching station that connects and routes calls. It could be internally or externally.

To know about how myGate is tackling each of these problems at a much easier and a simpler level, Click Here.

POSTED ON January 18, 2019

Testimonials For The On Ground Results myGate Delivers : Straight From The Customers Themselves

For a budding start-up, the biggest motivation is knowing that your customers are happy and satisfied. With myGate the story is no different. From continuously introducing new trends like, the introduction of e-Intercom, real-time domestic help management, digital validation of all staff and residents, etc, myGate is strongly latching its roots in the security space of gated communities. With a phenomenal number of communities switching over to myGate in the past few months, we are rapidly moving towards achieving its vision to enable digital and smart security for gated communities. 

While our biggest critics are our customers, they are also our strongest supporters and here is what some of them had to say about us after using myGate.

  1. Vidhya from Rohan Jharoka II She said, “I am able to track my maids and that is a superb blessing. I know when she is in and out of the apartment now.” Click here to hear the entire testimonial.
  2. Camaron Vallepalli from Adarsh Vista She said, “We are thrilled with having information about who is coming in out of the community at our fingertips”. Click here to hear the entire testimonial. 
  3. Richa from Prestige Ozone She said, “myGate app is very simple and easy to use, we don’t use the intercom at all. We now get all our notification on the mobile”. Click here to hear the entire testimonial.
  4. Suresh from Mantri Espana He said that, “The ability to add and remove the daily helps that are coming into the community is one thing really got us”. Click here to hear the entire testimonial.
  5. Sarvesh from Rohan Jharoka II He said, “ myGate provided a very optimal solution for the vendor attendance. myGate has also disrupted the traditional way of visitors logging in and out”. Click here to hear the entire testimonial. 

We are already deployed at hundreds of communities in India and this number only seems to be increasing. With customers like Adarsh, Shobha, Mantri and Salarpuria among the many others, myGate is latching its roots in the security space of the gated communities in the country rapidly. To know more about how myGate can help you in building a safe society, do click here.

We will be happy to come down for a free demo.

POSTED ON January 18, 2019

myGate’s Innovation: The Introduction of e-Intercom™

The core of myGate is innovation and thought leadership in the sphere of security. Our team is continuously improvising the product to introduce new trends in the security space of gated communities. A case in point being the introduction of e-intercom solution which is disrupting the way visitor authentications are done in gated societies.

We started of the process building our e-Intercom by first understanding the way gated communities communicate/ authenticate visitor entries within the apartments. Wired intercom also known as PBX (Private branch exchange) is most commonly used. We understood the working of this system, the effort required to install and the associated challenges. Click here to read the entire study on wired intercoms.

Keeping in mind the various aspects of a wired intercom, we introduced e-Intercom to overcome and improve this outdated system of authentication. This feature of myGate is breaking the general norm of how visitor authentications are done in a gated society. With e-Intercom, the resident can approve/reject the entry of a visitor from wherever he/she is.

How does e-Intercom Work?

The moment a visitor enters the society, the guards takes their essential details like mobile number, name and the flat/villa details they want to visit. For delivery boys, details about the company they are from and their photo is also taken by the guards.

Once all this information is entered into the guard app and submitted, an in-app notification about the visitor’s arrival is sent to all the residents on their mobile. The app notification on the mobile gives the resident an option to either allow or deny the visitor’s entry into the society.

In case the residents do not respond to the message, or if the resident has poor or no internet connectivity or has not downloaded myGate app, myGate servers will generate an automated IVR ( Interactive voice response) call to designated number ( a primary and a secondary landline or mobile number) which is provided by the residents, in order to seek their approval. If the resident does not respond to any of the above steps, as the last resort the guard tries to reach out to the resident via the wired intercom.

How much does e-Intercom cost?

We believe that living in a secure environment is an ever growing need and hence myGate’s e-Intercom feature is available at zero hardware/ infrastructure cost. We also undertake the complete training of the security guards and the facility managers of a society . In addition, there are regular refreshments/up-gradation training sessions held for all the guards and facility managers.

With a vision to enable digital and smart security for gated communities, all of myGate’s features are available to the clients free of cost.We are already deployed at hundreds of communities in India and this number only seems to be increasing. With customers like Adarsh, Shobha, Mantri and Salarpuria among the many others, myGate is latching its roots in the security space of the gated communities in the country rapidly. To know more about how myGate can help you in building a safe society, do click here.

We will be happy to come down for a free demo.

POSTED ON January 18, 2019

Types Of Technologies Used For Today’s Home Security

The gates of a community or of an individual house, are the residents first line of defence. With the number of crimes in today’s world rising exponentially, just having security guards at the gate is insufficient, to say the least. Many gated communities and individual homes are now resorting to the latest technological advancements to secure the gates of their residence. On this front, the technologies in home security have undergone a lot of changes. From basic systems like an alarm ringing if the correct code wasn’t punched in or control panels that only had cryptic codes to systems like Google Home, Apple HomeKit and Amazon Echo, there is now Facial Recognition, CCTVs, Iris Scan and so on. In this article we will learn about some of the latest home security technologies that are being widely used.

  1. Face recognition technology:

    Face recognition is a type of biometric technology that is increasingly becoming a trend in the home security space. With facial recognition systems, technology has taken a leap from sci-fi movies to reality. These systems are capable of verifying the identity of a person and hence deployed in places where security is critical.

    Facial recognition is a three step process: detection, face-print creation and verification. The system takes an image from an unknown person with a camera (detection), analyses the data (face print creation), and matches them to existing entries in a database of known people’s faces (verification). Various apartments and villas use this technology to make sure that only the authorized people enter the community. Only if a match is found and the person is verified, will they be let into the home or society.

     Click here to see a video about how face recognition technology works.

    Some popular manufactures of this technology are: 1. American manufacturers — StoneLock. 2. Japanese manufacturers — Ayonix. 3. Indian manufacturers — Rohin communication, Delhi

    Some of the common advantages of this technology are: 1. Increases the security system in the society 2. Easy to identify culprits. 3. Reduces operational costs.

    Some of the common disadvantages of this technology are: 1. They are 100% accurate. 2. Requires integration/additional hardware equipment. 3. Results can be altered if the individual wears glasses, masks, long hair. 4. Many consider this technology as an invasion of technology.

    2. Iris scan:

    Iris scan recognition is also a biometric identification that uses the unique patterns in the coloured circle of our eyes to identify and validate the visitor’s identity. Many gated communities and independent villas have started using this technology to prevent unwanted people to enter the gates of their society or homes. There are two stages involved in iris scanning- enrollment and verification. The first time when the person stands in front of a camera their eyes are digitally photographed with two lights, ordinary light and invisible infrared light. The infrared light helps to bring out the unique features of darkly coloured eyes that may not be visible in ordinary light. Once this is done, 240 unique features of every entry are converted into a 512 digit iris code stored along with the name and other essential details in the database. Once this is done, the visitor is enrolled. When he next stands in-front of the camera, the eye is photographed, the image is processed and matched with the earlier stored iris code and so the person is validated.

    Some popular manufacturers of this technology are: 1. American manufacturers — Iris ID Systems Inc 2. Korean manufacturers — CMITECH Co., Ltd 3. British technologies — Sensor Access Technology

    Some of the common advantages of technology are: 1. These systems are very accurate. 2. The verification time of these machines are generally less than 5 seconds.

    Some of the common disadvantages of technology are: 1. This technology is very expensive. 2. This technology uses a lot of memory to store data.

    3. CCTV:

    CCTV (Closed circuit television) systems have become increasingly popular over the last few decades, since this technology is reliable and affordable. This technology is generally used for surveillance and security purposes and is used in most banks, apartments and villas. CCTV camera, unlike any other video camera, comes with a monitor and is also capable of wirelessly transmitting images to the monitor. After the monitor has received the images, they are sent to the video tape or DVR (Digital video recorder).

    In the gated communities and individual villas, this technology is generally used to keep a check of every person who steps in and out of the gates. It also helps to trace the culprit, in case of a mishap, by replaying the tape of the DVD.

    Click here to understand about the CCTV technology in detail.

    Some of the popular Indian manufacturers are: 1. Hikvision 2. Zicom 3. AV Systems

    Some of the common advantages of this technology: 1. It keeps a track on the culprits action. 2. It acts as a legal proof of the past events. 3. Helps taking logical decisions.

    Some of the common disadvantages of this technology: 1. The equipment has additional hardware/ maintenance costs. 2. It is pretty expensive. 3. Once broken, the entire equipment has to be replaced.

    4. Fingerprint Biometric:

    Fingerprint biometrics is an electronic method of validating a person’s identity, by authenticating his/her fingerprint. The person places his/her finger on the biometric device and if the fingerprint matches with the records in the database, their identity is validated and they gain entry. Fingerprint biometrics, in most cases, is used to make sure that the problem of proxies/im-personification is eliminated. For a detailed explanation on how fingerprint biometrics work clicks on this link.

POSTED ON January 18, 2019

How To Choose Your Good Security Agency

Safety is an ever-rising concern in today’s day and age. Whenever a new organization comes up, whether it is an office, a gated community or an independent villa, security is the first thing on everyone’s mind. Selecting the right security agency is a decision that will significantly affect the safety of your organization and the list of benefits that come along with safety go on and on. Here are some of the factors to consider before hiring a security agency.

1. Make sure the agency is governed by the Private Security Agency Regulation Act.

The demand for private security agencies has gone up amongst the public. This has led to a rapid proliferation of private security agencies. The working of a private security agency is governed by the Private Security Agencies Regulation Act, /2005, also known as ‘PSARA.’ It is illegal for a private security agency to function without holding a license.

As per the license, every agency must have supervisors who have all the necessary skills and training to make sure their guards are doing their work as expected. The act lists out criteria that would qualify or disqualify a guard; it also states the expected health condition and dress code required for the guards. As per the prevailing norms, the agency is required to start working within six months of receiving the license.

Click here to know in detail about how an agency should obtain a PSARA license.

2. The Attrition rate of the guards:

The attrition rate of guards in the security industry is high. This happens due to factors like stress, inefficient wages, lack of job security and a lack of growth among many other reasons. While selecting a security agency, checking the attrition rate of the agency is an absolute must. As a thumb rule, the rate of attrition is directly proportional to the agency’s reliability.

3. Make sure the agency provides you with an SLA:

SLAs (Service level agreement) establishes what your security agency will and will not provide to its customers. Be it video surveillance or guard control devices for their guard patrol, it will all be mentioned in the agreement. It will also help you to manage the business processes for improved efficiency since it includes clearly defined procedures in case a problematic situation arises. Therefore, making sure that you are provided with an SLA is an absolute must.

Click here, to see a sample SLA by a security agency.

4. Quality of services:

Before an organization decides to hire a security agency, it must ensure the quality of the services delivered by the organization. The questions that must be asked are: How is the misconduct of a guard dealt with? How are they trained in handling unexpected and stressful situations? Does every security guard have a license? The replies to these questions will help the decision-making team to understand the quality of the service offered. Also, you could request for a trial to see if the security agency meets the requirements of your organization.

5. Make sure the agency is adhering to the rules of state government

Every security agency that an organization hires, should make sure that the firm is adhering to the fundamental rules of the state government. While most companies have varying hours of minimum work hours for their agency, a minimum of approximately 8 hours per shift.

As per the Karnataka, the minimum wages requirement for a security guard would be;

5. A typical contract with a security agency would be something like this;

POSTED ON October 15, 2018

myGate raises INR 65 crore in Series A to fuel rapid growth & expansion across 10 cities

Bengaluru, 15 October 2018 myGate, a mobile-based security management solution for gated premises has been adopted by more than 250,000 homes across 1000+ communities in Bangalore, Hyderabad & Pune. Achieving this milestone in the first 18 months from commercial launch, myGate is now on a rapid expansion mode in ten cities including Chennai, Mumbai and Delhi NCR and is targeting 10x growth in 2019.  To fuel this expansion, myGate has raised Series A funds of INR 65 crore, led by existing investor Prime Venture Partners. Gated communities with essential amenities have become the preferred choice among residents. The presumed security and safety offered by these communities is a major reason why many prefer to move into gated premises. However, the current security process relies on conventional “man-guarding”, primitive pen & paper, and landline telephone to log external footfall. Hardware still forms a major part of the traditional security system in the form of access cards, biometrics, car stickers and so on. These solutions are capital intensive, work in isolation and the benefits tend to wane over time. Most residential premises grapple with an ever increasing external vehicle and people footfall – be it staff, services, cabs & delivery executives. Hence, there is a dire need for communities to make way for smart and intelligent solutions that address modern gate management challenges. myGate is a mobile-app-based system that offers a simple yet comprehensive solution for gated communities to manage operations at the entry and exit gates. It has automated and digitised the tasks at the gate for security; the system is interactive, user friendly and provides residents with more transparency and control. For communities where myGate is in play, they do not have to invest in any other isolated systems like RFID cards, fingerprint biometrics, access cards, vehicle stickers, etc. With myGate, gated communities have the option to optimise on security guards and make them more effective, since most of the manual process at the gate are digitized. Requiring only basic skills for operation, more than 25,000 guards are already well-versed with the myGate security solution and are using it. The company takes the complete responsibility of training the guards any time and any number of times as needed through the life of the contract. myGate is available at zero hardware/infrastructure cost. Few product features of myGate include: child  safety alert, e-intercom for visitor authentication, parcel management, real time domestic help management, complete staff attendance management, multi-home management, digital validation of all staff and residents, & multi-tiered access system. Commenting on this development, Vijay Arisetty, co-founder & CEO, myGate said “We are humbled by the massive adoption of myGate’s solution across top metros. Customers are delighted and we are now excited to take this across India. Technology is pervasive and it was only a matter of time for the security at gated communities to be transformed using smart & intelligent solutions. We believe in innovation, quality service and trust and will use the funds to invest in technology to further enhance our state-of-art, cost-effective security solutions. We will also expand the myGate team across all cities to offer best possible service to our customers.“ “From our very first interaction with the product to the first meeting with the team, we have been consistently impressed with myGate. Customers love the product and the team is passionate and singularly focused on solving the problems of security in gated communities. At myGate, making security convenient isn’t just a tagline – it’s a mission that the team is relentlessly pursuing. We are delighted to lead this investment in myGate and help take it nationwide”said Sanjay Swamy, managing partner, Prime Venture Partners. About myGate: myGate solves security and visitor problems with an intelligent app-based solution in gated premises. The company ensures safety and security of gated premises by deploying BIAA (Behavioral Intelligence Augmented Authentication) that is designed for hassle free experience of residents and their service staff. myGate was founded in 2016 by Vijay Arisetty, an ex- IAF pilot (Shaurya Chakra awardee), Abhishek, former VP at Goldman Sachs, Shreyans Daga, an IIT-ISB alumnus and Vivaik Bhardwaj, also an ex-IAF Pilot and former Director at Google.

POSTED ON March 21, 2018

Apartment Security: A Right Mix of Technology and Human Touch

Humans are and will always be species of habit. Once

POSTED ON January 22, 2018

myGate Raises INR 16 crore to Digitize Security at Gated-Premises

Funding Led by Prime Venture Partners

POSTED ON November 21, 2017

myGate Launches Child Safety & Security Feature for Gated Premises

We are excited to announce a new safety feature for the safety of children in gated communities. The new feature provides

POSTED ON October 3, 2017

Facts About RFID Boom Barrier Devices That You Should Know Before Installing One

The main gate of any gated community is the busiest and probably the most chaotic location of a community. In any typical day, the main gate would open about a hundred to thousand times in a day – for cabs, resident vehicles, water tanks and visitor vehicles to move in and out. Hence, for a community of about 500 flats, vehicle management does become a serious concern. Many gated communities have installed Radio frequency Identification (RFID) based boom barriers, in an attempt to manage the vehicle movement in their society. However, there are certain aspects of this solution that every community must know before installing an RFID based boom barrier.

RFID is a small chip (about 2,000 bytes of data) and an antenna that is placed together on an electronic device(in this case, boom barrier). RFID is used to establish a unique identity for an object that is scanned to obtain the information. In gated communities, these devices are majorly used with boom barriers to manage vehicle movements and differentiate between resident and visitor vehicles.

The basic working of an RFID based boom barrier All the resident vehicles have to first register with the management committee and get a RFID tag placed on their vehicle. An RFID reader tag is installed on the boom barrier, which is placed at the entrance of the community. When a car is about to enter the community, the RFID tag on the vehicle is read by the reader tag on the boom barrier and the boom barrier opens, letting the vehicle in. In case of a vehicle that is not registered with the community, the boom barrier will not open.

Click here to see the working of an RFID based boom barrier.

Before installing a RFID based boom barrier, here are certain aspects of the device an organisation must know:

1. Costs related with the use of an RFID based boom barrier.

A typical RFID boom barrier device would cost 75,000–95,000/ per piece. For apartments with large main gates, an approx of two RFID boom barriers are installed. Hence in a typical apartment there are two gates and hence, a minimum of four boom barriers would be needed. The cost for four devices would approximately range from: Rs 3- 4 lakhs. Apart from the initial costs of the device, there is an additional cost of an RFID tag.

An average RFID tag costs between Rs 150–300 per tag. For an apartment with about 500 flats the cost of all the tags would be around, Rs 75,000–1,50,000\- (considering every flat has only one car).

The total cost for a community of about 500 flats with RFID based boom barriers on two main gates, could range from Rs 4–5 lakhs. The annual maintenance cost will be seperate.

2. Inventory management of the RFID tags

The inventory management of all the RFID tags on the vehicles is a recurring cost. When ever there is a new resident in the community, new tags have to be made and issued, also when people leave the society, their tags have to be disabled.

3. A boom barrier’s motor fails faster than expected.

The average length of a boom barrier’s arm is 4–6 meters. However some companies increase the length of the boom barrier by attaching a longer piece of metal. This puts the motor of the boom barrier under more pressure, leading to the motor failing faster than its expected durability.

4. Deploying a boom barrier requires a security guard to manage the equipment

To manage the vehicles which do not have RFID tags ( cabs, water trucks, visitor vehicles, etc) the community would need a security guard to lift the boom barrier, using a push button. Hence hiring a security guard would be an additional cost (avg salary of a guard would be about, Rs 10,000- 15000/per month).

5. The breaking of an RFID based boom barrier is a huge possibility. The purpose of deploying an RFID based boom barrier is to allow resident vehicles into the society, without the need of a security guard. However apart from resident vehicles who enter the society, there are cabs, visitor vehicles, water trucks, etc too which get in and out of the society on a daily basis. The large number of unauthorized vehicles waiting at the gate to get an entry, could lead to an accident.

Click here to see how dangerous a boom barrier can be.

6. RFID devices have scanning issues

The readers of RFID devices are capable of scanning through nearly all non-metallic materials, however there is an issue with metal and water. This video by the RFID Lab Director, Justin Patton from the Auburn University explains the scanning issues of a RFID device. Click here to view the entire video.

7. RFID systems are easy to disrupted

RFID systems use an electromagnetic spectrum like Wi-Fi networks or cell phones to function. Hence the device can be disrupted using the energy at the right frequency. Some systems use Active RFID tags, those that use batteries to increase the range of the device. The moment the battery wears out, the device gets disabled again. Click here to know more.

myGate’s Approach Towards Vehicle Management

One of the major uses of RFID devices in gated communities is to track vehicle movements and differentiate a residents vehicle from a guards vehicle. myGate has adopted a unique approach to manage the vehicles in a gated community, which has not only adopted simple implementation but also manages the vehicles in the community by avoiding all of the above listed problems.

Unlike most RFID devices, which cost thousands of rupees along with other hardware, installation and maintenance costs, myGate solution has zero capital investment, no hardware installation and is deployed at a negligible cost.

To know more about how myGate can help you in building a safe society including an attendance management for your staff, do click here.

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