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Com Hem launches smart home platform for MDUs

Swedish cable operator Com Hem has launched a new smart home platform aimed at the multi-dwelling units (MDU) business.

Com Hem Smart will, according to the operator, enable residents to book common spaces and resources and share and exchange with their neighbours. It will also give landlords digital tools to keep administrative and maintenance costs down.

The platform comes in the form of an app form smartphones to give users control of residential facilities. MDU landlords can sign a licensing agreement to use the technology and hen distribute unique login information that residents will use to activate the service on their smartphones.

A Flow function can be used or disseminating information, discussions, buying and selling things between residents, or voting on matters concerning the shared residence. Other features include a document archive linked to the property as a whole, the tenant-owner association, and each apartment, and the ability to file reports and request services, based on parameters set by the landlord. Com Hem Smart could also be used to enable residents to order food from local restaurants and to buy goods and services, to book spaces, tools and other communal items, and to enable residents to check their own energy and water consumption and compare with average consumption in the building.

The app, developed with TMPL Solutions, is available from Google Play and the Apple App Store.

“At Com Hem, we are developing services aimed at providing people with the right conditions for getting as much as possible out of their digital lives. The digitalisation has meant that both the business sector and landlords now have to enhance the efficiency of their operations in order to keep up. We believe the need for a digital platform is greater than ever. That is why we are launching Com Hem Smart, which I am convinced will simplify daily life for both landlords and residents,” said Lars Ljunggren, head of product landlord at Com Hem.

The move follows a partnership signed between Com Hem and TMPL last August to jointly offer digital services including smart home applications, energy monitoring and service provision to Com Hem’s customers.