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Newydd Housing Association tenants in Shakespeare Gardens, Rhydyfelin, near Pontypridd, will be among the first in Wales to use their fingerprints to enter their new homes.

Some 18 one-bedroom apartments at Shakespeare Gardens are being refurbished by Weston Contractors for Newydd, creating a housing co-operative for local people. The Connective Touch SmartPro system is being installed.

Founder of Connective Touch, Devi Sohanta says: “I believe that this technology, using fingerprints to unlock doors, can change lives. It’s safe, fast, easy and secure, providing tenants with complete peace of mind. There’s no possibility that the security of the home is compromised simply because a key has been lost or stolen.”

Elise Coalter, New Business Manager at Newydd adds: “Using this new technology appealed to us not only due to its innovation, convenience and improved security but also due to the advantage of having a product that will last long term, aiding the sustainability of the co-operative. Shakespeare Gardens is already an active community and tenant members are looking forward to the advantages of having biometrics technology. After installation of the SmartPro system and future discussions with members we will be in a position to consider how we could then roll out this innovative new technology to more properties if successful.”

The refurbishment at Shakespeare Gardens is due to be completed in September 2016. Pictured; Julian Weston of Weston Contractor and Devi Sohanta.


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