Cushman & Wakefield’s NYC Headquarters Rolls Out First-of-its-kind Keyless Access Control System 

Cushman & Wakefield announced today that they have partnered with KISI Inc., a leading provider and developer of a cloud-managed keyless access control system, to roll out mobile access technology at the C&W corporate headquarters in New York City. This marks the first enterprise installation of this kind in a New York City office building.

Once employees of Cushman & Wakefield have downloaded the secure KISI mobile application, they are able to unlock doors within the C&W office suite via their iPhone or Android devices. This innovation is about embracing a new mobile-first philosophy, where consumers are using their smartphones to board planes and purchase groceries; now we can extend this reach to our workplace. For a workforce that is becoming more globalized and transient, traditional access cards and delays at reception can become burdensome. A mobile software solution is thus inevitable.

“As a firm, Cushman & Wakefield is always looking for new, innovative opportunities to keep our company and office space ahead of the ever-evolving tech curve,” said John Santora, Cushman & Wakefield CEO of North America. “Our employees are constantly using mobile technologies for productivity, security and collaboration. KISI’s technology enables all of this at the point of access, and makes our corporate headquarters ready for the future.”

As a leading manager of some of the world’s most high profile properties, this partnership will allow C&W to be at the forefront of this evolution. C&W intends to collaborate with KISI, offering this innovative solution to their clients, transforming the way they secure their space.

“We see the Internet of Things moving to the enterprise and encompassing entire cities. We believe KISI can contribute to making this city more livable and more secure,” said Bernhard Mehl, Co-Founder of KISI.

The installation of KISI technology is one of many tech-oriented initiatives that C&W has undertaken in recent months. In 2014, the firm launched C&W TechBeat, an innovative website that has been serving as a tool for technology startups and creative companies, offering the latest information, reports and trends on the Manhattan commercial real estate market. Additionally, Cushman & Wakefield was the exclusive sponsor of the 2014 Tech Crunch Disrupt, one of the most iconic startup and thought leadership programs hosted in New York City each year. In fact, it was at Tech Crunch Disrupt that C&W was introduced to the KISI team and began this particular initiative.

Cushman & Wakefield is a leading advisor to technology companies in New York and around the globe. Last year the firm represented xAd, Inc., a mobile advertising company, in a 21,100 square foot lease for its global headquarters location at 401 Park Avenue South in New York. The global commercial real estate services firm also represented and Boston Properties/Hines in a record-breaking 714,000 square foot office lease at 415 Mission Street in San Francisco. The 1,070 foot tower, currently under construction, will be named Salesforce Tower.

About Cushman & Wakefield

Cushman & Wakefield advises and represents clients on all aspects of property occupancy and investment. Founded in 1917, it has approximately 250 offices in 60 countries, employing more than 16,000 professionals. It offers a complete range of services to its occupier and investor clients for all property types, including leasing, sales and acquisitions, equity, debt and structured finance, corporate finance and investment banking, appraisal, consulting, corporate services, and property, facilities, project and risk management. To learn more, click HERE.

About KISI

Founded in 2012, KISI Inc. offers unparalleled flexibility and enhances security through real-time access control in the cloud. Balancing the highest level of enterprise-grade security while providing the best experience for the end user has been a value proposition point since KISI’s inception. KISI allows companies to manage access control more efficiently and effectively by offering a better access experience for the end user with higher security measures than regular keycard systems. Clients include Cushman Wakefield, TechStars, AngelPad, Oscar Insurance, Harrys, etc.