Habitap: One app to rule them all

Franklin Tang, founder and CEO of the tech firm, has cornered a big chunk of a market that did not exist three years ago. Today, the firm is a market leader on the smart building frontier.
Tang: We are excited to be able to connect homes and commercial buildings (Pictures: Samuel Isaac Chua/EdgeProp Singapore)
On a recent Thursday afternoon, Franklin Tang, founder and CEO of tech firm Habitap, was at a building dubbed "Alice", which in his opinion, is the first truly “intelligent building in Singapore”. The business park development by Boustead Projects spans 11 floors with a total gross floor area of 425,038 sq ft.
Located at Mediapolis in one-north, the building was completed at the end of 2018. According to Boustead Projects, about 80% of the net lettable area at Alice@Mediapolis is either leased or under negotiations.
After downloading the app created for the building users, Tang is able to enter the lift lobby through the gantry without having to register at the reception desk.
The destination control system at Alice@Mediapolis allows tenants to access only their respective floors. It is an added security feature. However, tenants can still issue access cards for guests visiting their office or attending an event as well as provide parking access for their visitors.
Located in one-north, Alice@Mediapolis was completed at the end of 2018
“It’s an intelligent system, and doesn’t allow you to keep going in and out of the gantry,” says Tang. “We have also increased the performance to one second for NFC [near field communication] and three seconds for Bluetooth on smartphones.”
‘Intelligent system’
In addition to such front-end functions, the app is “fully integrated with the entire building management system [BMS] and allows real-time access”, says Tang.
For instance, tenants at Alice@Mediapolis can check the availability of parking spaces before they enter the building. They can extend their season parking and pay for it online. Via the app, the operating hours for the air-conditioning system can be...