TRUSTED IDENTITY solutions developer HID Global has successfully implemented its HID Mobile Access solution and mobile-enabled readers at Varso Place, the site of the tallest skyscraper in the European Union, which allows more than 7,000 individuals to move more freely and securely throughout the location.
Constructed in Warsaw, Varso Place is HB Reavis’ latest development and, indeed, the company’s most ambitious project to date. Designed by world famous British architectural practice Foster + Partners, the development comprises three buildings occupying a 144,000 m2 area of land.
The mixed-use site features prestigious office and public spaces on its ground floor levels, among them several shops and restaurants. The project’s showstopper, though, is the fully-glazed, 53-storey tall Varso Tower itself, which stands at over 310 metres above ground level. The summit of the Varso Tower plays host to an observation deck.
Single access system
Due to the sheer scope of this project, HB Reavis – itself a renowned international workspace developer – sought a single access system for the entire building such that each and every tenant would have a simple, easy-to-use, one-stop solution when it comes to security management.
Further, the developer wanted to move away from tenants having to use a traditional keyfob or card-based solution and, instead, implement a high-tech system that would also allow for the management of digital credentials using smart phones as a primary form factor.
The solution of choice includes HID Mobile Access and mobile-enabled readers from HID Global, which are equipped with Bluetooth Low Energy and Near Field Communication technologies, as well as a Software Development Kit (SDK) that integrates with HB Reavis’ More app.
For its part, the app covers all building services from concierge services, events and room booking systems right through to car or bike sharing and, of course, incorporates easy access for when individuals are entering/exiting and moving around within the development.
Given that the SDK can be developed and upgraded over time as requirements change, HB Reavis is able to maximise the long-term benefit of mobile security. The mobile and contactless solution – which supports both Android and iOS-based smart phones – has proven to be particularly beneficial during the COVID-19 pandemic, in fact, as it serves to minimise surface contact and the human-to-human interaction so typical when issuing and managing physical cards and keyfobs.
“Not only does mobile access provide state-of-the-art security control,” explained Jakub Kacer, security manager at HB Reavis, “but there’s also no need to remember to take a pass with you when you leave home or move around the building. When security is based on the smart phone, it’s actually frictionless. People always carry their smart phones with them.”
Thanks to the support of HID Global, HB Reavis has been able to deliver a seamless access control solution that enhances the user experience for Varso Place tenants and employees alike.