We're aiming this week's Real.Est. List Spotlight at Virtual Doorman, the nifty doorman alternative for smaller residential buildings (up to 100 units or so) and townhouses where a flesh-and-blood doorstaff just doesn't make financial sense.
The 12-year-old service is also a sensible supplement for traditional doorman buildings, providing a more affordable way to cover quiet shifts and/or secondary entrances.
In a nutshell, Virtual Doorman acts a security guard, greeter, concierge, and key-holder, remotely securing a building, acknowledging visitors and granting access, accepting deliveries into secured package rooms, and facilitating maintenance and service calls.
Virtual Doorman can do almost anything a regular doorman can do except accept tips, wrinkle up its nose when you trudge by in a hot mess from the gym, or walk your dog (though it can tell you how long your dogwalker actually walked your dog).
We asked Virtual Doorman's senior v.p. of sales, Colin Foster, to expound on some of the finer points of the Virtual Doorman system....