Security & Life Safety

furniture

Lounge furniture targeted as multi-res fire risk

Some condo lobbies may be looking spare lately because the lounge furniture that usually occupies these spaces is being targeted as a fire risk.
visitor management

Visitor management on the modern campus

Many campuses are vast in size — the University of British Columbia, for example, occupies more than four square kilometres of land. Within these campuses
master keys

Are your condo property’s master keys secure?

Two recent events in Toronto have called into question the security of master keys in condo buildings.
flood season

Spring pests return for flood season

Flood season is arriving to regions across Canada, posing a significant risk to infrastructure, potential loss of life and pest-related health risks.
security

Food delivery changes challenge condo security

Recent innovations in delivery services may raise additional security concerns for condos, placing renewed importance on access control.
fire safety

Accessible fire safety tips for property managers

Accessibility advocates see the built environment as a laggard when it comes to fire safety, especially for people with disabilities.
minimum wage

Minimum wage hike to follow new condo fees

The minimum wage hike may sting more in condo communities than others as they face new costs associated with recent changes to Ontario’s condo laws.
security

High-tech security depends on best practices

Though technology is rapidly advancing, the simplest, yet most effective preventative measures stem from rudimentary security fundamentals.
lighting design

Lighting design that illuminates condo security

Lighting design can make a big difference in the safety and security of a condominium.
integrated security systems

Integrated security solutions add new layer

The intrusion detection system (IDS) is slowly being incorporated into integrated security solutions in condominiums.
surveillance

Conducting video surveillance of properties

Surveillance cameras’ value as deterrents to criminal activity is well-known. However, in order for organizations to use video surveillance, certain requirements concerning reasonableness, consent, purpose and notice must be met.
due-diligence-tenant-health-safety

Due diligence for tenant health and safety

Building owners and operators should identify fire and life safety issues that impact their buildings.
drone

Drone use comes with flight risks for condos

A drone can capture data about the building structure as it scales the envelope, but consider too the images or video it could unintentionally capture.
digital security

Property managers downplay cybersecurity threats

Buildings are becoming more connected and functional as information and operational technology converge, heightening the risk of cybersecurity attacks.
property managers

Changing market challenges property managers

A recent PM Expo seminar elaborated on changing market conditions and how they will affect future property managers in an increasingly technical field.
fire safety in buildings

Tragedy accentuates fire safety in buildings

Following the recent tragic fire in Oakland, California, fire safety and legal experts are reflecting on the confluence of deliberate and inadvertent omissions that underlie most calamities.
guard patrols

Guard patrols get digital back-up

An expect explains how technology is changing the way guard patrols, which protect people and property, get done.