Kisi Introduces Smart Door Alerts

By Bernhard Mehl
August 7, 2018

If someone logs in your gmail, you will get notified. But when someone unlocks your own office, you wouldn’t be aware at all. To us, this never made sense. This is why we are introducing a bunch of useful alerts today - the good news is that they are already live and well in use! 😃

Current Kisi user looking to get alerts set up? Click here.

- Kisi Smart Door Alerts: Get notified when a door unlocks or its settings are being changed. This helps to keep doors that are not typically used under close supervision.

- Kisi Smart Access Alerts: You can also keep track of a specific person and get notified when he/she unlocks the door. With Kisi’s smart access alerts, you receive a notification when he/she unlocks any door. You will also able to see any changes to access rights of members, e.g. a card is replaced or the member itself is changed.

- Kisi Smart Group Alerts: If you are interested when an entire group or their members have arrived at the office, you can set those notifications via Kisi Smart Group Alerts. With those alerts you’ll get notified when for example, your cleaner unlocks the door or other groups that are important to keep track of.

- Kisi Access Notifications Dashboard: All these notifications are shown in Kisi’s new access Notifications Dashboard. Review different levels of notifications, mark them read and collaborate with your security operations staff to keep the facility security - easy and streamlined.

Lastly, click here if you would like to know more on how to set up these alerts and notifications!


Phone-based systems are not just a small-business solution. CEO of Kisi, Bernhard Mehl, comments: “If you see the average of three doors connected then that might seem low but, in reality, one door relates to around 50 employees—so those are locations with about 150 people on average, including satellite offices. That’s quite significant.”

Mobile Access Control Adoption by Industry

Kisi examined which industries are investing the most in mobile access control technology. To do so, the average size of mobile access control installation projects by industry were measured. Commercial real estate topped the list with 23.5 doors running mobile access per facility. Education management came in last with 1.0 door running mobile access per facility. 

Physical Security Statistics: Mobile Access by Industry

The number of shooting incidents at K-12 schools, according to the CHDS, reached an all-time high at 97 incidents in 2018—compared to 44 in 2017. Cloud-based access control companies, like Kisi, offer a lockdown feature for active shooter situations or emergencies, making it an effective protective layer for places that are targeted, such as religious institutions, which come in near the top of the list with 4.0 doors running mobile access per facility. 

Based on industry size, it makes sense that commercial real estate tops the list, with 23.5 doors running mobile access per facility. Cloud-based access control enables these larger organizations to scale more seamlessly and allows large organizations, like telecommunications, to deploy the most manageable IT solutions available, eliminating the need to create and manage a business’s own IT infrastructure over time.

“Commercial real estate is, of course, the driver of mobile adoption since they have the largest buildings,” Mehl adds. “The key here is to show that mobile-first technologies are not a risk but an innovation that brings positive ROI and allows agencies to reposition their buildings as forward-thinking establishments.”

The scalabelilty and ease of use in onboarding an organization allows many different types of industries and businesses of different sizes to adapt a cloud-based access control system, either using keycard or mobile credentials for access. 

Mobile Access Control by State

Looking specifically at the United States, Kisi analyzed in which states companies are investing the most into upgrading to smartphone-enabled access systems. Of the currently installed base of access control readers, around 20 percent will be mobile capable by 2022, according to a recent IHS report. Cloud-based systems, like Kisi, are future-proof—allowing over-the-air updates in real time and unlimited scalability for users.

“Mobile unlock technology makes you think of the major tech hubs like New York, San Francisco or Los Angeles,” Mehl adds. “Looking at which states have the largest projects, it’s surprising and refreshing that those are not the typical ‘tech cities, and yet that’s where access control technology really makes an impact.” The fact that the largest projects are seen in states outside of the typical tech startup landscape is evidence that mobile access control is highly applicable across industry sectors.

For further questions about this study, reach out to Kait Hobson (

Bernhard Mehl

Bernhard is the co-founder and CEO of Kisi. His philosophy, "security is awesome," is contagious among tech-enabled companies.

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