Managed security services provider, Kastle Systems has created a Smart Office Platform built on the latest in mobile and Internet-of-Things technology – KastlePresence. This new technology allows employees to download an app to their smartphones which will grant them access to their office building. Sensors pick up on nearby smartphones using Bluetooth technology and allow building access accordingly.
“In the past, managers had to trade off between security and convenience,” said Nikhil Shenoy, Kastle’s Product Manager for Presence. “With this latest technology, backed by Kastle’s legacy of customer services, that compromise is no longer an issue – KastlePresence makes spaces safer, smarter, and more convenient.”
Four major benefits of the KastlePresence technology are; hands-free access to secured offices and buildings, location-based services and amenities, security for the individual, and occupancy insights. Company executives also say that the implications are far-reaching and could soon help companies track important data on things like occupancy patterns and air quality and adjust building settings accordingly, such as heating and air conditioning. Employees are also provided a safety button that allows them to notify nearby security guards when they are in danger. This system, which contains a series of sensors that can be programmed for different uses results in a system that is largely customizable.
Kastle Systems executives state that the new technology is safer to use than its predecessors, which often require workers to scan a badge or chip to access the building – the KastlePresence technology is encrypted so that each time you open a door, the app creates a new one-time-use key. It is also more efficient and cost effective because the app can be downloaded and managed electronically instead of handing out cards and often replacing them when they are lost.
Piyush Sodha, Chief Executive at Kastle Systems stated, “This is a logical transition. The way the world is changing, it’s time we move past keys.”
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