Kisi is an access control company that does away with traditional card and fob credentials in favor of using mobile phones for authentication. The entire system is centered around allowing employees to use mobile phones for access in a variety of ways.
Kisi allows you to set how your employees open doors using their phones. The phones can simply be used as a replacement for key cards, where employees unlock doors by holding a phone near the reader. Alternatively, you can require employees to open up the Kisi app and enter a password to open a door. Smartphones that have biometric authentication features can also be used for authentication to open doors in lieu of a password. The authentication process is proprietary and encrypted.
The company explains the advantages of mobile phone credentials over traditional options, one of which is that employees are less likely to misplace an expensive phone than a card or fob.
The system comes with a reporting and administration interface which can also be accessed through a mobile phone. For example, if you need to give someone access to your office when you’re not at the building, you can unlock doors with your phone from anywhere, either through 4G or Wi-Fi internet access. The system can also automatically pull up full audit reports and track door unlocks in real time. You can set notifications to alert you when an unlock occurs at an unusual time.
The Kisi app is available on iOS and Android phones only, making Windows Phones incompatible. Access can become complicated if a phone runs out of power, gets damaged or loses access to your wireless network. Kisi can also be used with third-party credentials to act as alternatives in case of the mentioned complications.
Kisi is solely an access control company, and unlike many competitors it does not offer common security and emergency peripherals such as fire, gas and break-in alarms. If you’re seeking these features for your business, you’ll have to go through a third-party provider, which can add to your costs.
Kisi is a relatively new company offering building access control systems with a unique and innovative way of operating. Although it lacks many features to make in an all-in-one access and security solution, it’s reporting and access technology is strong enough to make it more than a gimmick.
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