New tool allows landlords to track who goes in and out of rental apartments GateGuard aims to crack down on illegal Airbnb sublets
Gate Guard and Ari Teman (click to enlarge)
Depending on where you stand, Ari Teman’s new product is either a neat amenity or a big step toward total surveillance of tenants. Or maybe it’s both.
GateGuard is similar to a virtual doorman: Installed at a building’s front door, it allows tenants to accept deliveries or buzz in friends. But it also includes a camera with face recognition technology that records who enters which unit at what time, and transmits that information to an online dashboard.
The landlord can check the dashboard to see which units have not seen their official tenants in a while, and which units have seen a lot of guests with suitcases. It sends alerts when unrecognized faces show up repeatedly at an apartment. In other words, it allows them to weed out illegal sublets and Airbnb listings.
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