7 Essential Electronics Every Commercial Property Should Have

As a small business consultant who has helped owners integrate technology into retail stores, offices, and other commercial spaces, I highly recommend considering these 7 systems to manage and enhance your property in the modern, digital era.

Digital Signage

Well-designed digital signage improves navigation and engagement for visitors and staff. Key recommendations:

  • Digital Directories: Map-based touchscreen directories help visitors easily find points of interest. Integrate with room scheduling software and offer push notifications to smartphones
  • Informational Displays: Place television or monitor displays in high-traffic areas to share announcements, schedules, menus, promotional content and more
  • Interactive Kiosks: Let customers browse products, place orders, enjoy entertainment, and access services through self-service kiosks open 24/7

according to an MIT study, digital signage can reduce perceived wait times by over 30%.

Public Address System

A zoning-enabled public address system allows targeting relevant pages to specific areas. Especially in emergencies, focused pages reduce chaos and confusion.

Robust Wi-Fi

Plan for future capacity by installing enterprise-grade Wi-Fi 6 or Wi-Fi 6E gear to support 500+ concurrent devices if needed. Limit range to avoid interference. Isolate guest access with a separate SSID and firewall.

Smart Lighting

Integrating tunable lighting, daylight and occupancy sensors can reduce lighting electricity usage by 70%. Prioritize quality LEDs for long-life (50,000+ hours) and high color accuracy. Include emergency battery packs on select fixtures.

Smart Thermostats

Smart thermostats with remote access allow property managers to optimize HVAC runtimes from anywhere and set dynamic schedules adapting to building use patterns. Case studies show 20% drop in gas/electric consumption after upgrading.

Access Control

Unify systems for doors, credentials, cameras, intrusion detection, etc. on one platform. Make capabilities role-based; for example, housekeeping staff only access authorized areas. Refer to cybersecurity standards like NIST 800-53.

Backup Power

Install uninterruptible power supply (UPS) units to keep critical systems like access control, cameras, and Wi-Fi running for 10-15 minutes during short power failures until the generator turns on. Maintain fuel supply and test monthly.

Stay ahead of tenants‘ expectations by planning infrastructure expansions proactively. Avoid "band-aid" solutions. Invest in scalable and future-proof electronics tailored to your property‘s needs. Consult experienced providers and integrators. Feel free to reach out if you need any guidance modernizing building systems while optimizing budgets.