Curve IT has launched MDU Connect which enables housing providers to deliver their own internet services to tenants in shared buildings. Curve IT’s package comprises a combination of hardware and specially designed software, including a cloud-based portal, to manage the full network within their buildings.
The housing provider-owned network can be used to deliver multiple services, including internet connectivity and smart metering capabilities to tenants without the need for third party involvement.
Technology from MikroTik is used alongside access points from wireless specialist Ruckus in order to establish the converged network. Software developed by the Curve team, including the access portal, is then used by those managing the building to deliver internet services to tenants. It also provides key information relating to the building’s management, such as utility consumption.
MDU Connect was developed as part of Curve’s work with build-to-rent provider Essential Living, who wanted to feel comfortable in taking full responsibility for the quality of internet services for tenants at its four sites in London.
Simon O’Hare, CEO, Curve IT, said, “Keeping tenants in a shared building connected to fast internet services is up there among the most important requirements of building owners or managers, not least with the growing move towards working from home.
“However, many building owners have to rely entirely on a third-party provider for their internet services. As well as losing control over this important aspect of tenant satisfaction, it also means building owners or managers miss out on the ability to package and sell connectivity services directly to tenants, and this can be a significant new revenue stream.”