GuestConnect opens electronic doors
_a brand-independent authentication platform
GuestCompass opens doors
February 2019 | Rob Neervens
De Key Housing has been using GuestCompass for than 20 residential complexes with 7,000 student residences. With GuestCompass, De Key provides students with important customized information. For example about household waste, on-site facilities or planned maintenance work. But with this pilot, collaboration goes one step further: with GuestConnect from GuestCompass, student residents can now enter their building and their own apartment without keys.
The De Key complex on the Prins Hendrikkade where this "keyless" pilot is running comprises 130 student residences. Together they account for no less than 2,000 residents' changes per year, because they are international students who study relatively briefly in Amsterdam. This means that on average two key transfers take place four times a year! This is an incredibly time-consuming job. After all, an appointment had to be made for each student on arrival and departure. Thanks to this pilot, that will soon be a thing of the past.
In the complex on the Prins Hendrikkade, GuestCompass initially connected 10 short stay student apartments to the GuestConnect platform. This is a brand-independent authentication platform in which we not only regulate access to doors, but also offer home automation. Think of lighting, thermostat, energy consumption, blinds etc. Because the complex on the Prins Hendrikkade consists of both old buildings and new buildings, we were able to test different situations and locks at the same time. The pilot showed that the keyless system offers many benefits.
The students receive an email with a registration form two weeks prior to arrival. After registration, the student has direct access to their complex and rented apartment. An additional advantage is that students can see how long the keys still work. A week before their lease expires notification is showed. Students always have their smartphone with them, so you don't have to be afraid they will forget or lose a key.
For the building managers, the benefits are actually even greater:
- No key issues
- From the office you can see if students have arrived
- No cylinder replacements anymore because of lost keys
- Cleaners get access on the cleaning day without collecting keys
- Cleaner and maintenance visits can be tracked
- Students know exactly when the rental period has ended, something that is often unclear
The GuestConnect authentication platform can open doors via various protocols. We make a choice based on the situation. For example, front doors in residential complexes often already have an electronic door strike, which students can use to open the front door from their room if someone is at the door. Those front door locks do not have to be replaced, but we connect to GuestConnect. If many doors within a close proximity need to be connected, such as the apartment front doors and bedroom doors on the Prins Hendrikkade, we use the KNX protocol. KNX is an open standard for building automation. To open stand-alone doors electronicatlly we use an IoT device (internet of things).
The pilot has been running for eight months now and is a great success. The technology works well, students are satisfied with the convenience and managers indicate that they spend much less time on questions and arrangements. As a next step, we are now going to make four existing residential towers and a newly built residential complex keyless!
Feel free to e-mail or call us if you want more information or if are you interested in a pilot. We are happy to tell you more about the keyless options or about home automation solutions.GuestCompass at De key
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