HID Global’s digital credentialing technology is being featured in a new access control solution for Silverstein Properties. Silverstein is a real estate development and management firm that oversees 16 million square feet of office and residential space in Manhattan, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles, and it will initially introduce the new system at the 7 World Trade Center building in New York City, before expanding to other locations in the months ahead.
Under the new system, people working in offices at 7 World Trade Center will be able to gain access to the building with a digital employee badge stored in an Apple Wallet. Those credentials are issued through Silverstein’s Inspire app, which in turn leverages the SwiftConnect Access Cloud and HID Global’s Origo and Seos credentialing solutions. The Access Cloud allows Silverstein to issue credentials across multiple locations, while Origo lets the organization manage all of its credentials through the cloud. Seos, meanwhile, ensures that those credentials will be recognized when presented at one of HID’s Signo Readers.
“We are delighted to bring new-age experiences that transform how property owners provide value to employees and tenants,” said HID Global EVP Björn Lidefelt. “We are excited to extend our collaboration with Apple in providing this groundbreaking experience that transforms how users navigate the modern workplace.”
In terms of utility, administrators can take various directories and guidelines into account when setting permissions, and they have a high degree of control with regards to who has access to which areas at each time. For example, two companies could be given access to the same shared office on different days depending on their timeshare arrangement.
At the moment, Silverstein’s credentialing system is only compatible with the iPhone and the Apple Watch. The badges are stored locally on device, which means that they do not make their way to a centralized Apple server. The system has an Express Mode that allows users to swipe their credential at an NFC reader without unlocking their device to open doors more quickly. The Power Reserve feature also lets people swipe in for up to five hours after their phone’s battery has died, and credentials can be locked remotely if a device gets lost or stolen.
Silverstein’s portfolio can provide coverage for recreational centers and residential building amentities in addition to corporate offices. HID Seos is already being used at the American School of Guatemala, and has been integrated into the latest iteration of the Nymi Band.