WiFi management for housing associations
In today’s world, fast Internet is part of the basic equipment of a modern living environment – in private as well as in public and business environments – like access to electricity and running water. It has assumed the status of a matter of course and is no longer regarded as a privilege or costly luxury. For residential and business customers, the providers’ products and thus the choices available to the subscriber are diverse in this respect – and usually designed for long-term customer loyalty.
Creating the basic prerequisites, such as laying network infrastructure via network or coax cabling, has long been part of the planning process when developing housing. The actual connection and management of the accesses, on the other hand, often still encounter barriers here because the products offered by providers are usually incompatible with the short terms and special ownership conditions in the housing associations’ portfolios. Simple and flexible provision of individual connections therefore often fails due to the special framework conditions.
To meet these challenges, ituma has developed a product that specifically addresses the problems in the MDU environment (Multi Dwelling Unit) and thus for housing associations and operators of short-term rental properties such as student residences, vacation or AirBnB apartments.
Providing flexible and easy-to-manage Internet access for customers/tenants is therefore a particular challenge for many operators of such properties. A broad range of solutions from providers has not yet become established, especially since the requirements for such a solution can vary greatly from property to property.
Starting from the existing network infrastructure, the already existing or planned hardware, the connection to a provider up to the individual processes that are necessary for a smooth administration and thus an interaction of the different systems, it is difficult to find a solution that works together with all these elements.
The ituma solution approach addresses the various challenges that this particular use case presents. In addition to the basic components necessary for realization, ituma also offers the corresponding flexibility and technical know-how to provide a platform that allows the operator or landlord a high degree of transparency and control and the tenant complete self-management.
Effort for the facility manager in setting up the Internet for tenants
The ituma solution achieves these goals by providing a customer portal that offers the operator a central administration interface, as well as a self-administration portal for the tenant, which allows him to configure his own local WLAN in the simplest way possible.
In order to be able to serve the requirements specific to MDU properties, the ituma portal supports the operator with a broad, modular range of functions. This is constantly being further developed in order to meet future requirements. Here, ituma sees itself as a reliable partner that accompanies the customer in the long term and jointly tackles emerging challenges in the course of technical innovations.
Core elements of the portal
In the portal, all access points (modems and/or WLAN APs) connected by the operator in its own objects are managed centrally. Thus, the operator always has an up-to-date overview of the hardware installed at his premises. Through this device management, the operator has direct access to information such as the accessibility (online/offline), the exact location (e.g. apartment 13, 1st floor) as well as the use by the tenant (information on the WLAN set up by the tenant).