Smartphone Access Control System by Kisi

Kisi is the solution that leverages apps and mobile technology for physical access control

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What is Smartphone Access Control?

mobile based access control

Mobile phone access control essentially works in two ways:

1. The unlock is being sent via WiFi or cell signal to a cloud server. The unlock could be triggered by a Bluetooth or NFC beacon which tells the phone that it is positioned in front of the door.

2. In the other case the unlock signal is sent via Bluetooth or NFC through the reader. This avoids slow WiFi or bad connection in front of the door. It also provides excellent speed and security.

How smartphone access control systems work

Use on your mobile and stay in control

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Kisi's mobile access credentials are built for security paired with user experience: There is no need for the user to pair or download credentials. The user can just log in and everything is ready to use, just like mobile banking.

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When the authorized user approaches the door, he can just hold his phone to the wall reader and without opening the App, the unlock signal is being sent. For the user it behaves exactly the same way as a keycard.

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Once the unlock request has been verified by the cloud server, the user will receive a notification that the door has unlocked. If the door should not unlock, the notification will give the reasoning, e.g. an expired permission.

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Once the user walks through the door, the unlock event from the bluetooth access control reader is recorded along with the door opening event.

Deploying mobile access solutions

Sharing mobile enabled keys or access rights is simple with Kisi.

mobile access authorization

Authorize user email via Kisi Dashboard

mobile access download

The user receives a notification email from Kisi and downloads the Kisi App.

mobile access wallet

After signing up with their email, the user sees the access rights in their mobile wallet.

Compatible with:

iOS
Android
Web
Link Access

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Key Benefits

Use of BYOD smart devices

Latest technologies are available on most modern phones

Self-governance and control by end-user

Future proof technology

In-sync with other software systems

Common Questions about the Kisi Mobile Access Control

Does the phone have to be connected to WiFi?

No, the phone just needs any type of internet connectivity in the case it is configured as mobile only unlock. If there is a reader that can read secure and encrypted phone communications like the Kisi Reader Pro, in some cases no internet connectivity is required.

Does the user have to pair the phone with the reader?

There is no pairing required, it works instantly. What you are used to from your home Bluetooth speaker is not the case for the Kisi Bluetooth access control reader. It's just you need to have Bluetooth turned on - Kisi does the magic.

Which phones are compatible?

Most people use iPhone or Androids. Some people also use the link access should they opt to use a different smartphone platform such as Linux or Blackberry.

Are both phones using NFC?

Kisi uses NFC technology on Android and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology on iPhone. All modern iPhones have NFC compatibility so we'll most likely enable this in the future at one point as well.

How long does it take till the door unlocks?

It's typically faster than you can reach the door handle. We require the user to hold the phone just like a keycard to the reader and from there it's just a matter of milliseconds till the door unlocks.

What if the system is offline?

There is always an analog way of backup to get in the door. Just like there is coins as alternative to Apple Pay or credit cards.