New York-based startup KISI is using 3D printing to build office access control devices for tech companies and co-working spaces. The company raised its first round of funding in March and says its system has been installed in hundreds of tech startups in NYC.
KISI is a keyless access control system for offices that enables management of key access for employees on the web. The KISI device installs to the main security panel and integrates with the existing access control system. Employees use their smartphones in place of traditional keycards.
“Once installed, the device is wired to the main access doors and connects to the office WiFi,” says Alex Shamy, KISI Digital Marketing manager. “Office managers can then connect to the KISI dashboard on the web and begin issuing smartphone keys to employees. Keys can be restricted by time, date, door, and lock.”
Employees open an app on their smart phone and swipe to open the door with KISI. When the smart devices are connected to WiFi, KISI will recognize the nearby doors you have access to. The employee picks the door to open and slides the lock to the right. A green ‘opened’ notification will confirm the door is unlocked.
The creators arrived at the name KISI by combining “key” and “easy.” Users can control their own office security without having to rely on a third party provider.
“KISI is perfect for co-working spaces with high tenant turnover and fast growing startups. It gives the office manager a clear understanding of who has access and at what time and location,” Shamy says. “When an employee or tenant leaves, access can be revoked instantly. New keys are issued instantaneously.”
The initial round of funding is being invested in research and development for technologies that are slated for release in the first quarter of 2016. The company is also expanding the team in its Brooklyn and Stockholm offices.