Apple Watch Series 4 Release: Did You See That Apple Door Reader?

By Kait Hobson
September 24, 2018

Apple’s custom badge reader caught our attention at its product launch last Wednesday, so we took a look at its FCC filing to see how it stacks up to Kisi. Like our Kisi reader, the badge reader allegedly changes color depending on a user’s credentials—green to grant access and red to revoke a user’s access. To give you some context, at the Apple Special Event in Cupertino, CA, they presented a James Bond-esque video showing an Apple employee trying to gain access to the Steve Jobs Theatre, but the reader turns red to deny her credentials. Then a man with higher access credentials materializes (having transported there) and swipes her in with his Apple Watch, or digital badge.

The video set a futuristic mood for Apple’s ensuing product presentation—but this cool technology already exists! If you want to improve the first impression of customers at your door and feel like James Bond when you roll into your office every day then you can install Kisi.

Of course, this was just a fun element Apple added to its iWatch Series 4 publicity campaign. If an Apple ‘reader’ comes out on the market, its prices will likely be much higher than the current access control brands, especially since iPhones are being sold at increasingly higher price points today. Kisi provides access control for companies of any size—like the U.S. Air Force, small startups, real estate agencies, like Century 21, to scalable, multi-location clients like Enjoy. Like the iPhone, Kisi provides a software with over-the-air updates for new features. It also integrates with your existing office systems to make your space more secure and streamlined.

Here are three of the most commonly used integrations with Kisi:

1. Schedule locked timings with your Google Calendar:

You probably already use Google Calendar at work. Using the Kisi & Google Calendar Integration, your office administrator can remotely control the schedule of doors and these update in real time. All you have to do is add your door to a specific Google Calendar event and the door will stay open during those times.

2. See who is at your door with Ring and Kisi:

One of the most popular visitor management systems that integrates with Kisi is Ring. Connect your Ring Doorbell to your Kisi system to see who is at the front door and let them in from anywhere in the world. You get to create a 24/7 virtual front desk for your office—safe, simple and convenient.

3. Manage which members can access specific rooms with Kube and Kisi:

With the Kisi and Yardi Kube integration, you can synchronize your Yardi KUBE member data with any of your office doors. All members in your database will automatically get access assigned via the Kisi integration. It’s as simple as that!

Kisi’s open API means you can design your own integrations. If you don't see existing integrations suited to your office, simply let us know and we'll fix that for you.


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 Hobson

Workplace Innovation

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