The rise of Smart Estates

by Rory Milne on March 15, 2021

Rapid advancements in property automation technology has seen a shift from solely luxury oriented installations to value based property enhancements.

Estate and facility managers are deriving tangible benefits from equipment monitoring and control, hereby enabling more time and attention to be spent on tasks that demand it.


Being notified of equipment that is not functioning optimally could lead to better maintenance planning, improved longevity of facilities or even avoid costly damage, be it direct or consequential.

In South Africa, our security situation means that there are critical devices that must maintain a 100% uptime state. A failure of an electric fence, no power to access control or loss of security monitoring systems is simply not acceptable. Unfortunately, “life” does strike, and in the event of a failure, instant notifications to all relevant responsible parties are essential in order to bring systems back online, before any regrettable incidents are suffered by residents, tenets or other stakeholders.

Mr Fence Electric Fencing Company - Mr Fence

All entities that operate within a budget are seeking out more efficient options and practices to maximise available resources. Being able to deliver better value to shareholders is always the goal. Keeping levy increases as lean as possible is a difficult process, so longer term value enhancements must be considered, to ensure the future financial position of a property is protected. Traditionally, most of the knowledge of a managed property is locked into the human capital deployed to manage the site. Information needed to make capital decisions is expected to be delivered by the same people that are expected to project manage the approved decisions.

In order to have truly transparent information from which to make informed decisions, the data driving the information must be derived from as close to the source as possible. Ongoing monitoring of facilities gives estate managers and stakeholders unique insights to ensure quality decisions are made.

Comparative reporting

Quantitative monitoring of electrical equipment such as water pumps, pool pumps, gate motors, air-conditions, geysers, allows for better power management and efficiency of use over time. This paves the way for a reduction of costs and haemorrhaging of funds through unregulated expense items.

Consumption analysis

Qualitative reporting on the same equipment ensure that they are functioning optimally. Early notification of poorly performing components allows for repair prior to failure and therefore longer-lasting equipment, as well as maintaining the goal of 100% uptime. The ability to remotely power down equipment that is performing outside of desired parameters could save it from imminent failure and total loss.

Solar systems and inverter monitoring

The team at Milney Smart Automation design custom systems to manage any combination of equipment, that may feature on your site.

All systems are monitored and managed through a Milney Hub and powered by the very flexible Home Assistant platform. We can make your property EPIC! Let’s share some ideas today.