If you want employees to be able to quickly and securely enter the office using their smartphones, check out this new IoT-based access control system

by Brianna Crandall — May 28, 2018 — Openpath, a company on a mission to improve workplace efficiency, has just launched to bring smart security solutions to offices. Founded by a group of experienced entrepreneurs who have worked together for over 20 years creating successful companies, Openpath’s system is designed to meet the needs of today’s employees, business owners and facilities managers (FMs). The company’s flagship product, Openpath Access, enables employees to quickly and securely enter the office using their smartphones.

Female employee holding her phone by an Openpath reader

Openpath Access combines sleek hardware with an app, enabling employees to enter and exit the office using their smartphones, and making office management easier. Image courtesy Openpath

Openpath co-founders Alex Kazerani and James Segil most recently co-founded EdgeCast Networks, a global content delivery network that grew to over 1,000 employees in eight years, resulting in several office expansions as well as international branch openings. Traditional access control was a major pain point for the founders during this period of rapid expansion, and the experience inspired them to build a smarter security system for the modern workplace, the co-founders explain.

Kazerani, Openpath’s CEO, remarked:

I am excited to launch Openpath with my long-time business partners and usher in the future of the smart office. The Internet of Things completely revolutionized the home security industry, and we are now using this powerful technology to innovate the long-stagnant, $6 billion access control industry.

Openpath Access combines sleek hardware with an app, enabling employees to enter and exit the office using their smartphones, and making office management easier. With encryption at every level and powerful, user-level permissions, Openpath Access is touted as being both more secure and more dynamic than traditional systems.

4-frame image showing phone, watch, touch or card options

Each employee can choose from a range of entry options: phone, watch, touch or card. Image courtesy Openpath

Segil, Openpath’s president and co-founder, pointed out:

The Openpath system simplifies access control so that business owners and managers can spend their time focused on what matters most: running their businesses. Feedback from our beta customers over the past year has been fantastic, and we are eager to bring modern access control to businesses everywhere.

Unlike traditional systems, Openpath Access is cloud-based, meaning it easily scales with the business and seamlessly integrates with platforms like GSuite and Office365, explains the company.

Patented SurePath Mobile technology ensures reliability and quick entry via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and LTE, while encryption shields against cloning, sniffing and key copying.

The system reportedly gives administrators more control than ever before with scheduled locking, custom zones, user-level permissions and lockdown capabilities.

Openpath portfolio of access control products and interfaces

The system comprises Openpath’s Smart Hub and Readers, with management from a single interface and multiple access methods. Image courtesy Openpath

Steve Arhancet, co-CEO at Team Liquid, an early Openpath customer, commented on his experience of using the system:

There’s no other system built as well as OpenPath’s that enables individuals to use their phone as a key and hosts its software in the cloud. I love that Access integrates with Google Suite, automatically enabling our registered employees and vendors to enter and exit our facilities when they need to. For any CEO or facility manager looking for a more intuitive, beautifully designed and secure access control system, I highly recommend Openpath.

Business owners, office managers and FMs interested in upgrading to Openpath’s dynamic, secure access control system visit the Openpath website for more information and videos demonstrating the technology’s capabilities.