Comcast Multifamily Unit Announces ‘Smart Communities’ Project in Chicago

Xfinity Communities, a unit of Comcast devoted to servicing multifamily dwellings, has announced a new smart communities project in Chicago.

The operator has partnered with Chicago-based property manager Kass Management Services to integrate smart devices, including thermostats and lightening, into 50 rental units across two properties. These devices will enable renters to control lighting and room temperature via app.

Property owners, meanwhile, will have similar control in public areas of the buildings, as well as in vacant apartments.

“Home automation is a burgeoning market, and we’re thrilled to bring it to Chicago area apartment dwellers,” said Chris Smith, Comcast’s regional VP of marketing and sales, in a statement. “Tenants are going to appreciate the control they have over their units, and property managers are going to appreciate the convenience and control this technology will give them over their properties.”

Added Mark Durakovic, principal, Kass Management Services Inc.: “Creating smart communities by integrating smart home technology into our properties makes life easier and more convenient for residents and may even help them have more control over their utility usage,”. “In a competitive rental market like Chicago’s, smart features help to differentiate properties, add value and attract residents.”

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