Kisi: Redefining Physical Access Control

Bernhard Mehl, Co-Founder & CEO
In modern, tech-driven offices of today, secure and mobile access control is key for healthy company culture—“virtual key” being the operative words. While traditional access control systems, such as key fobs and cards, are used to unlock doors, they actually create barriers to entry when it comes to integrating smartphones and other smart devices.

To help organizations build a more mobile and secure workspace using existing door hardware, Brooklyn-based firm Kisi provides highly scalable facility access control, using a combination of smart devices, cloud software, and mobile technologies. Additionally, Kisi offers BLE and NFC-based door readers, cloud controllers, mobile and physical credentials, and access control software, which creates an additional layer of intelligence at all the physical access points of a workspace.

Access Control, Granular Control, Remote Control

“Our technology is designed to make life at work, easier,” says Kisi co-founder and CEO Bernhard Mehl. “Kisi’s simple web dashboard and easy-to-use app save administrators and employees time, create fewer interrup-tions, and add up to a positive work experience day after day.”

With identity verification at the forefront, Kisi’s SaaS-based software enables administrators to generate group key profiles that can be used to control access at a granular level. This ensures that the right person is permitted to access the correct doors at a facility. Kisi also enables remote keyless entry provisioning by providing authorized unlock credentials, regardless of the administrator’s location.

The company’s reporting feature allows administrators to monitor and log access in real-time from the Kisi dashboard, even when they are out of the office. This way, administrators are able to automatically maintain a log of all the people who have entered the premises around the clock, while having direct access to all the entrance data.

Speaking of data, Mehl says Kisi has some data-driven research in the works. “We are now building R&D projects where the system calculates individual office hours based on machine learning to assess the behavior of the people, predict arrival times, and check for anomalies,” he explains.

The Virtual Keys to the Kingdom

While most of the key cards available today are easy to duplicate, Kisi provides 128 bit AES encryption on mobile and cards that guarantees security.

The Kisi door access control system can be centrally managed by the administrator via cloud and can be used with smartphones, secure access cards, or even temporary visitor access

If a visitor does not have access to an organization, Kisi enables the administrator to provide access to them via a mobile device that acts as a virtual key.

Moreover, Kisi enables restricted access based on day and time. Its software is comprised of an easy setup wizard, while the hardware components are plug-and-play enabled. Using Kisi software, administrators can simply plug the door control system into the Ethernet port, activate the control, set up employee policies and voila—the system is ready for use.

To enhance the integration capability and scalability, Kisi’s tech is compatible with applications, such as Google Apps or Microsoft Azure, offering token-based authentication.

The Kisi Legacy

Over the years, Kisi has installed its intuitive software across several offices, campuses, data centers, and high-traffic facilities around the world.

While assisting Digital Ocean, an IT services firm that provides server hosting, Kisi came to the rescue with mobile-based access control when the firm faced challenges providing and restricting access to its growing number of employees.

What’s Next?

On a mission to deliver solutions for door access management and physical security to as many facilities as possible, Kisi aims to integrate improved machine learning, facial recognition, and blockchain encryption into the system for advanced capabilities.


Brooklyn, NY

Bernhard Mehl, Co-Founder & CEO and Carl Pfeiffer, Co-Founder & CTO and Maximilian Schuetz, Co-Founder & COO

Provides cloud-based technology enabling secure physical access control systems for commercial facilities