Silos are Expensive- Seamlessly Connecting Building Access, Parking & the Building Ecosystem Together

Genea Partners with BuildingHub and Amano McGann to Connect Your Building  

Smart building technology is becoming a must-have in commercial real estate. At a time when many tenants have adopted hybrid work schedules – opting to work in-office 2-3 days per week – property managers and building engineers are looking for ways to trim costs. However, one significant factor negatively impacting the budgets of property teams is having a “siloed” building infrastructure.  

To understand the downside of siloed solutions and the benefits of connecting your building software, Genea partnered with BuildingHub and Amano McGann in the webinar, “Silos are Expensive: Seamlessly Connecting Building Access, Parking, and the Building Ecosystem.”  

What is a Silo? 

The word “silo” may drum up a picturesque scene of a rooster perched on a farmyard fence. However, we’re not talking about the tubular structures storing grain (not this time, anyway).  

When it comes to commercial real estate, “siloed” refers to the inability of your software and hardware systems to communicate with each other. Using isolated systems can cause many problems. At best, these systems cause tremendous inefficiencies, slowing property teams down. At worst, siloed building systems jeopardize security and convolute emergency response.  

As mentioned in the webinar, commonly siloed systems include access control, video surveillance, tenant amenities, parking security and more.  

Why are Silos So Costly? 

There are several reasons siloed building systems negatively impact organizations. Among these difficulties are time and budget. Without well-integrated solutions, property teams must divide their attention and time. Consequently, these inefficiencies affect the bottom line.  

According to Tom Dishman, Senior Vice President of Sales at BuildingHub, the reason silos are expensive breaks down into four points:  

  • Legacy technology– On-premises security systems and other legacy systems offer few integrations and make it difficult to scale a business.  
  • Untapped Information- Manual processes often make it difficult to capture all the data available. In turn, organizations miss opportunities for process improvement. 
  • Lack of data security– With siloed systems, IT teams must manage multiple systems against breaches. 
  • Maintenance & upgrades– Innovation and flexibility are lost, making your team less effective. 

Each of these issues affects the overall “hard” and “soft” costs of an organization. However, with the cloud, these disparate systems can be connected.  

Integrating into a Single Pane of Glass 

Genea, BuildingHub and Amano McGann help property teams implement a connective infrastructure. Each of the technologies communicates through API integrations, giving users a single point of focus. Aside from eliminating the effort of toggling between separate systems, connecting your software through the cloud includes several benefits, like: 

  • Reducing the need for manual processes- Phone tag, email chains, etc.  
  • Improving security 
  • Better tenant-building team communication 

Building teams who choose to implement Amano, Genea and BuildingHub can ensure they have a futureproof way of connecting their parking management system and building security. 

How these Systems Interact 

With a single API key, you can connect your Amano One parking management system with Genea Security. Building teams can then grant their tenants building access credentials and parking access. They can even go a step further with visitor management. Tenants can help their guests pre-register for parking, building and office access right from a mobile phone. 

For more information about integrating your building systems with Genea, watch the full webinar or contact a Genea representative.  

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