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CommonFloor’s Smart Guard app to replace logbooks in gated societies

Real estate portal CommonFloor has launched ‘Smart Guard’, an app that lets gated communities record visitor information digitally. As of now, the platform is available only on Android. The app allows administrators (selected residents of a gated society) to login on the platform. Post login, administrators can create accounts for new/existing guards, which in turn allows guards to login and mark entry and exit visitors. When a new person enters the society, an SMS is sent to resident of that visitor, with weekly email report sent to admins of the society. The app also allows guards to set the gate from which they are using the app to aid accurate reporting. It also sports a ‘Smart Check-In’ feature, that claims to allows visitors to make entries in case security guards do not know English. The app also claims to record if the security guard gets approval from residents before letting in visitors and features in-built telephone support for the guards. As of now, it claims to support various kinds of visitors like working staff, guests of residents and delivery/vendors. While this initiative helps keep entry/exit logs centralized and organized, we wonder what Commonfloor does with all the data that the app gathers. Interestingly, the company mentions that if a visitor is coming in for the first time, then the security guard has to do a 1-time registration. More interestingly, according to the company, "We are also working with a few partners to integrate Aadhaar based verification in to the app…

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