A mirror/TV, fire-retardant stairs and touchscreen closets are part of a new generation of technology now available in Mumbai’s luxury homes
You can now get the Imax experience at home, staircases that prevent fires from spreading, invite-only mobile handsets, a mirror that doubles as a TV, and even a closet that shows you images of all your clothes, as Mumbai’s luxury buildings step into the future. For instance, architect Dhruv Mehra is working on a luxury complex in Wadala to connect all its buildings through a seamless network, with automated Ethernet, safety, energy and telecommunications systems. “This will enable managing the whole property from a remote location,” he says. “The complex will deliver an integrated lighting system, improved comfort and air quality and greater physical security.” Luxury developers in Mumbai are taking their first tentative steps towards building complex eco-systems that support sustainability and security needs. At Lodha’s sprawling New Cuffe Parade development in Wadala, for instance, residents will have access to motionsensor lighting, solar-power heating and the facility to use electric cars for transportation, with charging points within the development. “Also, a five-step security plan has been implemented here. Each entrance gate has guard houses with electronic access to the whole development. Specially designed radio frequency identification-enabled boom barriers stop unknown vehicles, while allowing residents to go through. Guests are given access to lifts that only work when an access card is used,” says a Lodha spokesperson. “A pressurised staircase helps to prevent fires from spreading upwards, with ample fire detectors and sprinklers throughout the premises.” At Omkar Realtors and Developers’ Omkar 1973 Worli and Alta Monte, the security systems are integrated to a point where the complex gates as well as gates of a building’s lobby can be opened using a remote controlled system. “From telecom points in different areas, motion sensors in common areas and the lighting of the facades and common areas – everything is controlled via a touch screen,” says Bharat Dhuppar, Omkar’s CMO. The upgrade From integrated building systems to integrated home automation systems is the logical extension, say experts. “Offering marble floors, video-door phones and modular kitchens are things of the past. There is a huge demand for homes that are technologically integrated,” says Sheth. According to Dhuppar, providing technology interfaces that control indoor lighting, curtains and screens via cellphones are now the norm.