March 1, 2022 – Florida Community Association Journal magazine announced the 2022 Readers’ Choice Award winners in the March issue. The recipients were chosen by readers. Tap2Open has been named a Gold Level Winner in the Safety & Security Category. Thanks to our customers for voting for us!
The FLCAJ Readers’ Choice Awards is a unique recognition program that shines a spotlight on the positive and productive contributions of community association service providers throughout Florida. Awards are presented to companies that demonstrate, through their commitment to the community associations they serve, an exemplary level of proficiency, reliability, fairness, and integrity. The FLCAJ Readers’ Choice Awards is an annual recognition program that debuted in 2014.
May 25, 2022 – Recently, the NY Post reported that the last working payphone has been removed from New York City. Payphones, which were ubiquitous 30 years ago, have been replaced by the cellphone. People who want to call someone now carry a phone in their pocket, so they don’t have to stop at an inconvenient location, which was often noisy, and pay to make a call. Now most everyone can call someone from anywhere at any time.
Tap2Open brings the same convenience to gated communities. With Tap2Open guests can open the gate themselves with their smartphone. If an unannounced visitor shows up, they simply call the resident, and the resident can admit the guest with a button on their smartphone. No longer does a guest have to pull up to a callbox in the heat, rain or snow, lookup a resident and wait for the person to answer.
So long callbox…you will not be missed!
May 25, 2022 – Here is a recent article in Slashdot which discusses security problems with bluetooth-based systems. A hacker found a way to control bluetooth devices, including bluetooth-enabled smart locks and even Tesla’s! In addition, bluetooth uses a cellphone battery!
Tap2Open does not use bluetooth technology; the users’ phone uses cellular data to communicate with our servers which communicate with the gate; there is no direct connection between the smartphone and our gate controller.
In addition, bluetooth technology only operates within a very short range; that means that the user’s smart phone MUST be within close proximity to work. Tap2Open uses a different technology (geofencing) to control how close a phone must be to open a gate, and it can be adjusted according for an individual community.