Kisi iOS 4.0.0 is “Apple Pay” for Your Doors

By Bernhard Mehl
March 15, 2018

Today, Kisi launched a complete redesign of our legendary iOS App with Tap to Unlock technology! Our goal was to radically simplify and streamline the design while adding new functionality without impacting day to day routine.

While we did many of the “under the hood” optimizations, we wanted to get you a quick overview of the user facing updates in detail:

Redesigned Lock Screen

The redesigned locks screen will probably for most be the biggest change since it includes the functions that you daily use to get in the door. We condensed the locks view, so you don’t have to scroll too much. We have a “slide to unlock” function that doesn’t require holding a button.

old kisi app
Previous Locks Screen
new kisi app
New Locks Screen

Integrated Maps Functionality

We even made it easier to on the go find the place you are going to with integrated maps functionality:

integrated maps

History of Logins

Our main goal was though to expand the App’s functionality to feel more like established mobile payment options such as Apple Pay. Our thinking was to give the user more control over their access rights beyond just unlocking the doors. That’s why you now see a full history of logins in the App, so you always know which devices are using your account.

history of kisi logins
How Your History of Logins Might Look Like

Manage Kisi Passes

You can also activate, deactivate and de-assign Kisi Passes from within the App - much how you are used to deal with credit cards in your mobile wallet.

kisi cards view
Designed Just Like Your Mobile Wallet

These updates are just the main changes you’ll see in the App and we wanted to inform you a bit more about why we did the changes we did. 

There are many more small (and big) updates that we haven’t touched on in this post, such as how easy it is through the app to change your password or authorize your device. 

As always, if you have any feedback please reach out to so we can include your feedback in our upcoming optimizations!


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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