coLab Evanston was born as a solution to Miguel Wong’s growing office space need. He needed an office space to house a web development shop and a few other startup projects.
coLab Evanston’s 3,500 sq ft of open floor space provided him with a place for his projects while enabling him to spark growth among a community of like-minded entrepreneurs.
Location: Chicago, Evanston
Office sqft covered: 3,500 sqft
- Hassle-free sharing of keys
- Digital key in your smartphone
- Central management
- Members only access
We talked to Joshua Lustig, Business Analyst of CoLab Evanston, to find out how he has been adopting KISI in his co working space.
Why did Colab Evantson chose to adopt KISI as an access control system?
Our old system was a keycard entry system. While these cards worked initially, they became extremely hard to manage. When members wanted to leave coLab or when they wanted to change membership plans, we had to physically hunt down these cards, send them back our supplier to reset them, and redistribute the cards. This process took too much time. Also, members frequently lost cards, which cost us money to replace.
How did KISI solve your access management problems?
We did not want to use Bluetooth keycards anymore and we wanted a management system to track all of our membership access levels. KISI allowed us to do that.
Who is using KISI in coLab Evanston?
As of right now, about half our members are using KISI. By the end of August, we want to transition to our whole membership base using KISI. It is just easier to manage members with the KISI dashboard.
From a user perspective, what do you think is the most attractive feature about KISI?
We think the best feature is that the app works with a smartphone. With a digital app, we don’t have to worry or pain about creating physical keys. With most people now a days having some type of smart device, KISI works great because our members already have their “key” to coLab with them before they even sign up for our space.
What are some problems that KISI can address for other co-working spaces?
Where KISI has its strength the in the ability to actively manage and view the access levels of members. This capability alone makes it extremely powerful, as now coworking spaces do not have to actively have a person monitor who comes in and out of the space. It can all be achieved through the KISI dashboard.