Kisi, a Brooklyn, New York-based access control company, as per recent reports this week, has announced a new “hybrid mode” unlocking functionality for its IoT door reader.
On a traditional cloud-based access control system, a smartphone connects to the internet to update its credentials for door access. Thus, in case there is a signal interruption, the user has to pre-download credentials onto a smartphone to access the doors.
To address this awkward issue, Kisi came up with a new real-time cloud-based control solution that offers the needed security even when a smartphone has no internet connectivity, thus offering a reliable offline functionality.
With Kisi’s “hybrid mode” unlocking, a smartphone can update its credential when online and can unlock even when it’s offline, via Bluetooth on iOS and NFC on Android smartphones.
According to the company, the Hybrid mode provides a much smoother door access experience. In a real-case scenario, when a user exits the elevator (where they often lose connectivity) and approaches the door, in such scenarios the phone is often deprived of signal, to address this issue, Kisi came up with an alternative, where the user’s phone will automatically connect through the Kisi reader placed on the door, which, by design, has a much faster Internet connection than the phone, as it is hardwired to the Internet.
Kisi claims its new IoT setup provides a robust and seamless door unlocking experience via smartphone. Also, the new setup enables security integrators the option to sell modern systems without worrying for performance issues.
“Selling a Cloud-based system, like Kisi, allows dealers to sell a solution that is hosted and supported by Kisi; since the devices are all IP connected they can be updated over the air with the hybrid-mode unlock, as described,” says Kisi, in an announcement. “This means a user has the advantage of buying and evolving the system without having to bother the integrator around software or licensing updates, and the integrator has more time to sell or install systems.”