Keep Key Fobs for Orchard Ridge
There are numerous reasons NOT to "upgrade" to the OpenPath system:
- Not all residents have a "smart phone"
- Cell signals in the neighborhood are not reliable, and some people may not be able to log into the system while at the Amenity Center
- What if the cell phone's battery dies while the person is at the pool or gym, they have to use the restroom but can't get back in?
- There will end up being more end-user issues than the HOA will be able to manage
- The proposed system is not any more secure than the current system; the pool's gate will still be propped open and it doesn't solve the issue of the gate being broken
- Key fob systems like ours have been used for decades, so eliminating the need to deliver cards to residents is not a good enough reason for "upgrading"
- Bringing a cell phone to the pool comes with issues that key cards do not have:
- Not all Cell phones are waterproof
- Hot weather is not suitable for cell phones and can cause expensive damage
- Cell phones can easily be stolen in the pool area while people are swimming, and cannot bring their phones into the pool
- Cost concerns:
- How much does this new system cost?
- Will the new system cost more to repair than the current system?
- What will the annual fees be for maintaining this new system? (Newer tech typically comes at a higher cost.)
- What will all of these costs mean for future HOA dues; will they be raised as a result?
Furthermore, Aric has stated that the current system's key fobs are no longer available. However, there are plenty of key fobs available for purchase online for roughly $45 for 200 fobs. Indeed the HOA can purchase an abundant supply of FOBs cheaply for future use — even if it means switching to another fob-only vendor.
We don't need newer technology that will only complicate things and be inaccessible to some residents. We need the Board to recognize that homeowners should have a voice in matters like this which come at a high cost to us. We ask the Board to please reconsider "upgrading" and consider finding a key fob solution if it is necessary to replace the current system. We ask that the Board meet with the individuals willing to volunteer to help get a key fob system working correctly.
Thank you for your consideration.