GPS Tracking for Off-Campus Housing

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*Taken from the LandAirSea Website. Click here

Campus Housing Goes High-Tech

With over 2,500 units and 5,545 beds in Arizona, Ohio and Texas, Homestead U is one of the nation’s leaders in student apartment living, specializing in off-campus student housing. Homestead U prides itself on transforming the resident experience into a fun, upbeat social experience in a clean, affordable and conveniently located environment.

A division of Homestead America, Homestead U shares in the vision of warm, welcoming communities with beautifully landscaped gardens, spotless common areas and inviting home interiors. With a focus on off-campus housing for students, Homestead U recognizes the need for the resident social experience in addition to providing a clean and secure housing environment.

Homestead U also understands the importance of providing practical tools and amenities that helps enhance the overall college experience for their residents. And this is precisely why they have decided to use LandAirSea’s SilverCloud® Real-Time GPS Tracking Systems to monitor their campus buses and shuttles.

The SilverCloud® GPS trackers gives users and dispatchers the ability to track each bus or shuttle in real-time from their computers, laptops and/or mobile devices. With user-friendly SilverCloud® web-based mapping interface, users can set time-based and location-based alerts; set virtual geo-zones, which can be set to send notifications via email or text-message (SMS) whenever the device enters or leaves a specified zone; and can even generate printable, detailed text reports. Past historical routes and tracking data can also be viewed with the SilverCloud® Online interface.

Another innovative feature of the SilverCloud® GPS Tracking System is ShareSpot®. With ShareSpot, users of the SilverCloud® and SilverCloud Sync® can share their live GPS location online in real-time from a website or even a Facebook page. The shared online mapping window shows precisely where the vehicle is and how fast it’s traveling, allowing the public to conveniently see its location at any time conveniently from a web-browser without having to contact the user directly.

This feature is extremely useful for Homestead U’s residents, many of whom rely on the shuttle and bus service to get to and from campus. With the ShareSpot® residents can see precisely where their shuttle is in proximity to their current location from their computers or smartphones.

For a sample of how Homestead U is utilizing the ShareSpot® technology, visit their campus housing pages:

For more information about LandAirSea’s SilverCloud® GPS Tracking System, contact one of their helpful and knowledgable representatives at 847-462-8100, or email


Employee Spotlight: Rae McKenney

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Employee Spotlight

Name: Rae McKenney

Job Title: Property Manager

Property: Olde Towne Apartments


1.) How long have you been with Homestead? 6 years

2.) What were you doing before Homestead? Housing Industry (Realtor, Mortgage Originator and leasing)

3.) Where are you originally from? Columbus, OH

4.) What’s your favorite part about your job? I really enjoy all of the different aspects of my job versus doing the same thing every day. However, doing the bills and budgets are relaxing to me.

5.) What do you like to do outside of work? I enjoy gardening, swimming and just hanging out with my friends and family.

6.) What’s your favorite band or type of music? I like all kinds of music, but my favorite is country

7.) What’s your favorite website? (Helps me with my job – lol)

8.) What’s your favorite local restaurant? Long Horn

9.) What’s your dream vacation? Italy

10.) What’s the best movie you have seen recently? I love The Grinch with Jim Carrey


Photos: The First Annual Ranch Roast – Tucson, Arizona

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Homestead U Welcomes Ally Herron and Meagan Smith

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We are pleased to welcome Ally Herron and Megan Smith to our Marketing Team at Homestead U!

Ally Herron will take over as Marketing Director at University Village in Columbus. Before Homestead U, Herron was with Crawford Hoying where she worked as the Corporate Trainer and Property Manager at Olentangy Commons.  She brings to Homestead U 13 years of experience in  the industry.  Herron graduated from Ohio State University and LOVES OSU!  She is married and has 2 furry kids, Sadie, a 5 year old Sheltie and Cassidy, a 1 year old Collie.  She has 5 nieces and nephews and loves to hang out with them whenever possible! She is very thrilled to join the team and brings a lot of enthusiasm with her!





Meagan Smith will be our new Marketing Coordinator at River Park and River’s Edge in Athens. Smith is a recent graduate of Bowling Green State University with a degree in Visual Communication Technology. Before coming to River Park she was the Web Editor with The BG News. In her free time, Smith enjoys reading and going to Cleveland Indian games. She loves puppies and is convinced that she will marry country singer Luke Bryan one day (even though he is already married).


Employee Spotlight: Harry Bechtel

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Employee Spotlight

Name: Harry Bechtel

Job Title: Bus Driver

Property: University Village


1.) How long have you been with Homestead? 1.5 years with Homestead and 23 years with UV

2.) What were you doing before Homestead? Budgeting and Management with The State of Ohio

3.) Where are you originally from? Rayland, OH

4.) What’s your favorite part about your job? Interacting with Residents

5.) What do you like to do outside of work? Work on classic cars

6.) What’s your favorite band or type of music? Country

7.) What’s your favorite website? Ebay

8.) What’s your favorite local restaurant? Golden Corral

9.) What’s your dream vacation? Florida

10.) What’s the best movie you have seen recently? Gone in 60 Seconds

Harry shared a couple changes and memories with us during his time with University Village

• They had 3 old style school buses, one was standard shift and I was the only person who could drive it. There was only one stop on campus, and four or five drivers. We now have seven buses, ten drivers and seven stops on campus.

• My favorite memory was when we purchased a brand new bus from Indiana and I got to drive it back to the property. This was bus #4, a 1997 Carpenter, which is still in service today. Older employees may remember it being called “Graffiti” because there was a mural of Ohio Stadium and a portrait of Gordan Gee and Woody Hayes painted on it. The bus has since been painted to match all the others.



Homestead U Hosts Successful March Madness Tournament Challenge

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We hosted our first annual Homestead U March Madness Tournament Challenge!  We are very pleased with the turnout, with over 700 students playing on a national level.  We hope to grow participation with this event next year. Wil McCloy, a CA at The Ranch Lubbock, took home the $500 prize for the corporate pool.

Congratulations to all of our winners:

University Village (The Ohio State University) : Elizabeth Taylor, $1000
RiverPark(Ohio University) : Braden Schaefer, $1000
The Ranch (Texas Tech) : Zach Giddens, $1000
The Ranch at Star Pass (University of Arizona and Pima College) : Tyler Ermisch and Kamree Cady, $500 each
NorthPointe (University of Arizona and Pima College) : Briana Chavez and Aaron Rosen, $500 each

Thanks again for playing with us, and best of luck next year!

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