Smart locks, light switches among technology to be featured in new northeast Fort Worth apartments

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Real estate developer Hillwood is integrating smart home technology into a new multifamily community planned for northeast Fort Worth.

Tacara Village will include 332 apartments and be built in Alliance Town Center, a 900-acre, mixed-use development within AllianceTexas. The first phase of the project is expected to open later this summer, and the full community is expected to be completed by early 2020, according to a news release.

Smart apartment service provider Dwelo is providing features such as smart locks, thermostats, light switches and building access for the apartments. Residents will be able to control devices inside their apartments through an app as well as Google Home and Amazon Alexa.

“Technology is at the root of everything these days and it’s important that the multifamily industry starts embracing the platforms available for home automation,” said Mark McHenry, the managing director of Hillwood’s multifamily department, in the release. “Tacara Village is the first of many planned communities that our team is thoughtfully embedding premium, sophisticated amenities to help our residents and property managers experience a connected environment.”

In addition to incorporating technology at Tecara Village, Hillwood is working to use AllianceTexas as an incubator for transportation technology.

In June, Hillwood announced the creation of the AllianceTexas Mobility Innovation Zone, a testbed for new air and surface transportation technologies. AllianceTexas, a 26,000-acre development, is home to more than 500 companies, including Fort Worth Alliance Airport, BNSF Railway’s Alliance Intermodal Facility and the FedEx Southwest Regional Sort Hub.

Two projects are already in the works at the Mobility Zone, including a technology that will allow shipping containers to move around AllianceTexas using self-driving trucks. Another project is testing different usages of drones.

“Creating the Mobility Innovation Zone is the next step in the natural evolution of AllianceTexas,” Hillwood President Mike Berry said in June. “With a solid transportation foundation already in place and our knowledge of new technologies being developed for the future of mobility, AllianceTexas is the perfect location for the first fully integrated mobility testbed.”

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Korri Kezar
Korri Kezar graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2011 with a degree in journalism. She worked for Community Impact Newspaper's Round Rock-Pflugerville-Hutto edition for two years before moving to Dallas. Five years later, she returned to the company to launch Community Impact Newspaper's Keller-Roanoke-Northeast Fort Worth edition, where she covers local government, development, transportation and a variety of other topics. She has also worked at the San Antonio Express-News, Austin-American Statesman and Dallas Business Journal.
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