Employee Spotlight: Working as a Developer at Kisi

By Christina Sophie Schmid
September 13, 2018
‍Jorge Orguela, iOS Developer at Kisi

Our Employee Spotlight Series focuses on the people that make working at Kisi so fun! This week we sat down with Jorge, based in Barranquilla, Colombia to learn more about him and his work here at Kisi.

What's your position here at Kisi and what do you do?

Jorge: I currently work as an iOS developer here at Kisi and I am in charge of developing and maintaining new features to the app.

What were you doing before you joined Kisi?

Jorge: I was working remotely for a startup in Seattle and also doing iOS development there.

So you've been with Kisi for a few months now. What originally drew you to Kisi?

Jorge: The idea of being involved with IoT and of course the impression I got when interviewing for the position. Everyone at Kisi seemed really passionate about the product and what they were doing. I also felt like this position was a great opportunity for me to grow further as a developer.

You're currently working remotely from Colombia. How has this experience been like?

Jorge: At the beginning it was definitely hard to get used to the new time-zone, since the tech team is located in Stockholm, Sweden. So I had to get used to waking up really early :D I really enjoy working here everyday and sharing knowledge with the team mates. The whole tech/product team is great!

What do you love most about Kisi?

Jorge: The passion of the teammates to make a high quality product.

What do you like doing outside of work?

Jorge: In my free time I like to go to the gym, play soccer and I’m also involved in a few local animal rescue organisations and projects to help stray animals on the streets here in Colombia.

Do you have any advice for prospective candidates, looking to work as engineers at Kisi?

Jorge: If they are looking to work on challenging projects and with a great team, I am pretty sure that they would love Kisi.

And your proudest moment at Kisi?

Jorge: The proudest moment was the release of the new version of the iOS app, because we put a lot of time and love into the new design and improvements.

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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 (kait@getkisi.com)

Christina Sophie Schmid

Chrissy is the Talent Acquisition Manager at Kisi. She's always on the look-out for the best talent to join the Kisi Krew.

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