Hudgins Companies Raises the Bar with Smart Apartments

The Hudgins Companies, a developer and owner group based in Fort Worth, Texas, has been developing multifamily and retail projects for over seven decades. In the past ten years Hudgins has developed more than 5,000 Class A residential units. As a third generation family-owned business, Hudgins carries that sense of trust and reliability into each community that is both developed and revitalized. With every new project developed, Hudgins pushes the limits to provide the best experience for residents and management staff.

“Our whole goal is to innovate. We have do it better. Build units better and build more accurately to our demographic.” -- Brian Crowell, Multifamily Development

Hudgins’ desire to innovate and build to their demographics’ needs led them to research smart home technology. By listening to their residents and understanding where the industry is headed, Hudgins found that smart home technology could give them the competitive edge they were looking for.

A Smart Home Platform for Multifamily Companies

Hudgins began their smart home technology research by going directly to device manufactures. Manufactures like Kwikset, Yale and Ecobee. “We started by sourcing smart home devices ourselves and trying to piece-meal them together. And then we thought, ‘Well we can install all that, but what happens when the smart lights walk off? What happens when we turn over a unit? Do we reset all the individual devices? And is management going to be able to manage it?’ By trying it that way, it felt like we were trying to retrofit individual homes and not a community as a whole.” said Crowell.

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