Access Control Systems vs. Smart Locks For Coworking Spaces

Before opening a coworking space you have to decide how you want to secure your space.

There are several possibilities depending on the purpose and size of the space. Your choice is between manual systems for example key locks and electronic systems such as access control systems or smart locks.

A common question is: What is the difference between an access control system and a smart lock?

Differences between the Access Control System Kisi and the Smart Locks August and Kwikset Kevo

 

Company Kisi August Kwikset Kevo
     
What is it? Full-scale access control system Off -the-shelf, battery powered Off -the-shelf, battery powered
Targeted towards… Commercial/ Coworking Space

Residential

Residential

Use Meant for frequent use (couple of hundred openings a day) Friends & Family (several openings a day) Friends & Family (several openings a day)
Traffic Couple of hundred openings a day Several openings a day Several openings a day
Software Management, monitoring and analytics software;
Multi location management
Different access profiles e.g. 24/7; day access; one time access
Integration: Full integration with coworking CRMs (Cobot, Office R&D, Nexudus, Sharedesk)
Limited management, monitoring, analytics and customization possibilities

Integration:

Smarthome devices e.g. thermostat, alarm system

Limited management, monitoring, analytics and customization possibilities

Integration:

Smarthome devices e.g. thermostat, alarm system

Keys/ User number Remote unlocks, unlimited keys

Limited keys, remote unlocks

Limited keys

Kwikset Kevo Plus: remote unlocks

Hardware Controller + electronic locking hardware (elect. strike, magnetic lock, elect. Mortise lock) Deadbolt Attachment Deadbolt Attachment
Technology Technology agnostic Bluetooth enabled Bluetooth enabled
Installation Professional installation recommended Do-It-Yourself Do-It-Yourself

Conclusion

If you have a coworking space with a small of member base smart locks can be the right choice for you. However coworking spaces with 30+ members are better of with an electronic access system in order to have robust locks and the right management software in place.

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