When people think about a gated community, they usually think about houses behind a gate. However, you can also find plenty of gated communities with apartments behind a gate. These are more popular in urban centers and inner city locations, but you can also find them in the suburbs too.

Apartment gated communities tend to have more communal areas than traditional gated communities. It means cellular access and smart control has even more applications. If you live or are in control of a gated apartment community you can make life easier for every resident while also ensuring the community remains secure.

Cellular access technology is cutting edge proptech that beats other forms of security like keys, gate entry codes, and buzzer access. Its future forward and able to wow residents with how easy it is to access communal areas and the main electric gate access system. 

The Main Problem With Apartment Access Control

People who own homes in a gated community may have the initial cellular gate, then their front door as security measures. Whereas those in apartments have those two plus a communal door at the apartment entrance too. It gives apartment managers more scope to provide security.

The problem with gated apartment communities is that residents need different levels of access. For example, they all need to access the main gate, but then subsections of the community need access to different buildings, in which resides their apartment. This means handing out a mixture of keys or gate codes to different people. It can be a real headache for those large apartment gated communities.

Cellular access answers the problem. Say for example you installed Nimbio cellular access solutions on the main gate, and the individual apartment building communal doors. You can simply note, using the master key on the app, who should be able to access what building. They’ll have keys too, via an app. Then, everyone will be able to access the main gate, but only those who live in an individual apartment will be able to access the communal door there. Done! No keys or gate codes. Easy to give and grant access where necessary. 

Apartment Gated Community Access

As well as the main gate and communal entranceways, there are also, in upper scale gated apartment communities, other communal areas. These can include health or fitness facilities, indoor pools, storage, etc. once again, you can provide residents with ultimate ease of access by installing a cellular apartment access system on these communal areas. All they need to do is use their smartphones to access the area. One key to access each location. 

People rarely lose their smartphones, and although not everyone currently uses them, more people are using them all of the time. Imagine if residents held a physical key for the front gate, one for the apartment entrance then others for communal areas? The site manager will forever by cutting new keys and changing locks due to security concerns.

Same applies to four digital access codes. Constantly changing them, updating them due to people leaving. When this happens people forget what the code is, meaning others get bothered all the time or locked out of their own gated apartment complex.

With a cellular access key, there’s no need to carry multiple keys. It’s all on your phone, which you’d need to carry anyway.

Security And The Gated Apartment Community 

The more people in a community, the wider risks that are present to security. There are more people to lose keys, more to share key codes, and more transitional phases in terms of people leaving and taking their keys with them (meaning people who don’t live there will technically still have access). 

With cellular access, as soon as someone moves out of the community you revoke access to the main gate via the app. Job done. Same for any communal doors. 

If your residents are worried about security, being able to revoke access in such a clean way will certainly appeal to them on multiple fronts. They’ll rest easy knowing full well that the only people with access truly need it.

The only issue you may have is that of choosing who has control of the master keys. The master key essentially controls who does and doesn’t have access. This is usually a building manager, board of governors, HOA member, or long term resident. It’s for the group to decide. 

Cleaners, Tradespersons And Concierge 

Apartments often require maintenance. There’s outdoor areas to tend and communal hallways to keep clean. Usually, gated apartment communities will have cleaners and other tradespersons to fix light outages, complete fire tests, oil doors etc. they need access and giving them keys or gate codes once again causes security risks. 

Using a cellular door access app you can give them access to certain communal areas. For example, a groundskeeper would be able to access the main gate to tend the ground, but not any of the buildings. Whereas an engineer would be able to gain access to buildings to complete relevant fixes where necessary. 

Likewise, a concierge would have access to wherever they need to be. The ability to give relevant access to third party workers gives a huge boost to security because they only go where they need to, no further. It also ensures those who live in the apartment remain happy because they won’t have to let in tradespersons or cleaners. They’ll be able to just get on with their day without any disruptions. Again, management of access control is given by the master key holder…so they can choose who can go where. 


Cellular access control is the best way to grant unbelievable ease of access while providing top quality security to the residents. You can make any existing electric gate or door smart by installing Nimbio. You can also add Nimbio to new build electric gate access systems.

If you want to discuss Nimbio in further detail, please feel free to reach out. You can also check out our blog for more information regarding cellular access control. If you weren’t sure about Nimbio, read out testimonials to see how Nimbio has helped others. 

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