Virtual Doorman Welcomes You!

Picture this: You reach your apartment late at 3 am in the morning when you can’t afford to disturb the sleep of our members but have to with no other alternative available. What if I say times have changed and now the locked door can sense your presence and get itself open for you. This is the level of technological advancement to which a man called Jim Crawford has moved. His apartment building doesn’t ask for keys to enter into the locked door. His presence suffices. He needs to get nearby to the building and the moment he comes closer a voice comes from the intercom saying: “Hey Jim, go right ahead,” followed by a buzz in the door when he enters in.
Unlike others who face identity crisis this is a best move to earn one. It is possible with the operators at Cyberdoorman, a virtual-doorman service located in the South Bronx. For watching the building from a distant setting, virtual doormen can receive correspondence for inhabitants by giving delivery people entrée to a protected package closet in the lobby, and this can enable keeping unwanted visitors at bay.
The concept of virtual-doorman is age-old. It entered New York almost seven years back but surely it has gone under a great level of advancement. Devices like cameras and Internet are used to sends the images to a monitoring center, enabling a virtual doorman to take a look at the visitor and have conversation with the doorman. It can be installed in buildings equipped with not more than 40 apartments. The cost factor depends upon then level of superiority and the number of cameras involved in the process. It is anticipated that the cost may vary from $10,000 to $70,000 for installation and $6,000 to $30,000 for annual maintenance.
Via NYT

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