Geofencing With Kisi

By Ashley Davis
February 14, 2020

Why Your Access Control System Should Have a Geofencing Feature 

Most IT managers and office operators who want to maximize security often implement several physical and virtual firewalls to accomplish this, but in practice it’s common for users and employees to stumble on loopholes in the system. One of these major oversights, particularly in the world of access control, is geofencing

When a business implements Kisi, or any other cloud-based access control system, there should be a host of features to onboard your main administrators with, while the inner workings of the system should go largely unnoticed by the majority of users. Geofencing, the ability to set a perimeter restriction on the devices using the access control system, is one of these features. It allows the administrator to set a limit on how far away a person can be from the secured place or organization in order to perform remote unlocks. 

This also prevents any security breaches if someone’s phone is lost or stolen. 

Geofencing With Kisi

With Kisi, if the geofencing feature is enabled, the default distance is 300 meters (or .2 miles) from the access point. This means that if an employee normally uses the remote unlock button to get into the office every day, there is no risk that he or she can accidentally unlock the door from their home or in transit. Geofencing ensures that users must be in the vicinity of the building.

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How to Enable Geofencing with Kisi

For the admins of a group or place, enabling the geofencing feature on Kisi is as simple as toggling one button in the Settings section of the dashboard. 

The feature can also be set for a specific group and even a specific lock. For example, if you have a facility with Kisi installed on several doors, and only need to set the geofencing feature for one of them, the administrator can choose which doors or places in their network are restricted with a geofence. Another scenario: a facility with high traffic and multiple temporary visitors (like contractors or maintenance workers) that needs to grant basic access to many people can use the geofence to ensure the busy entryway does not get accidentally triggered by anyone not on the premises. 

Users will have to enable Kisi to access their phone’s location (or whatever device they use) to ensure they gain proper access within the geofence. If their location settings are not correct, users trying to access a door with the geofence enabled may receive an “Unlock Error.” When users receive an unlock error, it is due to one of three factors. Either their location services are not enabled, they have not shared their location with Kisi, or they are too far from the office.

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Conclusion

Geofencing is a safe and easy way to reinforce your security protocols from the Kisi app. When enabled, employees and other users won’t have to worry about accidentally unlocking the office and managers and IT administrators can use it to control this feature with the simple click of a button.

For a step-by-step tutorial on how to enable the Geofence feature with Kisi, click here.  

Ashley Davis

Ashley is obsessed with words, Chinese food and all things tech.