New urbanism has been around since the early nineties, but with the advent of the technological age, many of the world’s leading new urban precincts have started evolving into Smart Cities, leveraging the power of technology to make them safer, greener, more efficient, and less expensive to run.
Melrose Arch is arguably the best example of a Smart City in South Africa, and those choosing to live and work here benefit from a broad range of features that deliver peace-of-mind and an exceptional quality of life at a price tag that won’t break the bank.
The precinct harnesses smart technology to deliver security, enhanced connectivity, environmental sustainability, and cost efficiency. A state-of-the-art fibre-optic network allows for sophisticated building and precinct management systems that control security, fire alarms and sprinkler systems, air conditioning, water reticulation, lighting, irrigation, back-up power, and more.
You’ll always feel safe and secure at Melrose Arch thanks to the precinct’s state-of-the-art security capability; sophisticated security control centre operated round the clock; 24/7 security personnel presence, including foot and mobile security patrols; 700 CCTV cameras dotted around the precinct; face and number plate recognition software; paramedics and doctors on site and on call 24/7; and rapid response and panic buttons throughout the precinct.
You’ll also enjoy outstanding digital connectivity, thanks to Melrose Arch’s advanced fibre optic network, broad bandwidth, and free precinct-wide wi-fi. You’ll also never need to worry about load shedding as the precinct has full back power generation capability, and you’ll be able to stay cool in summer and warm in winter thanks to the centralised air-conditioning and district cooling system.
Living at Melrose Arch means you’ll enjoy monthly savings on your utility bills, because all apartments are equipped with energy efficient appliances and LED lighting throughout, and you’ll be able to rest easy knowing that you live in an eco-friendly precinct that utilises solar power, harvests rainwater, and recycles grey water and hard waste.
There are also substantial health benefits of living within a pedestrian and wheelchair friendly precinct that is free of traffic congestion and low on exhaust fume emissions. You’ll get to enjoy the great outdoors, because Melrose Arch’s eco-friendly urban design ensures that building heights are limited to harness natural light, built and natural environments exist in balance, and an abundance of trees and gardens throughout the precinct provide inviting open-air spaces that nourish the soul.
At the end of the day, the benefits of living within a privately owned and professionally managed precinct that works 24/7 – and where everything functions like a well-oiled machine – cannot be over-stated. You won’t find the crime and grime or the decay and vagrancy of a CBD; you won’t find the high walls and barbed wire fencing that litter suburbia; and you won’t fear leaving your home at night, or walking outdoors after dark.
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