Product Info posted on Jan 20, 2020
Let your tenants manage their own space with Pod
Today we are happy to welcome yet another new feature to the KS family: Pod. With the new Pod functionality building managers get the chance to outsource access control management to their tenants. This new functionality will help building managers to keep an overview of their buildings' operations and save them a lot of time.
This addition to the SALTO KS- and KSConnect API enables building managers (Site admins) to create a small independent group of members: Pod. A Pod can be a floor within a building such as an apartment or an office that’s managed by its Pod members (tenants) that have access to the Pod at all times and can invite guests to the Pod for specific timeframes.
By implementing this new feature, we aim to offload the responsibility of managing access for tenants and (their) guests by building managers and provide tenants with the unique experience of managing access to their own space.
How to create a Pod?
Only a Site admin can create a Pod, on the main navigation menu where there’s a dedicated Pod page on which the option ‘Create a new Pod’ can be selected. To create a Pod you need at least one Pod member. The Site admin is able to create a Pod member by entering the name and e-mail address and if needed add more Pod members.
Next, the Site admin can select locks to which the Pod member may have access to, such as the front gate, apartment 201 and/or the storage room.
All Pod members automatically have Mobile Key and remote opening rights. This means they are able to open the Pod's doors by tapping their phone to the lock or opening the door from a distance. Yes, even if they are located on the other side of the globe!
What happens once the Pod is created?
Once the Pod is created an invitation email is sent to the Pod members. Through this email, the Pod members can download the mobile app and register. After registration, the Mobile Key and remote opening functionality will automatically be activated. The Pod's details will be shown on the dedicated Pod page.
How to manage a Pod as a Pod member
By using the mobile app for iOS or Android a Pod member can invite, block or delete guests. The individual rights per guest are shown in the guest overview. Rights such as Mobile Key, full access, which locks and when access is granted.
How to manage a POD as a Site admin
The Pod summary consists of multiple characteristics the Site admin can search on such as Pod name, amount of Pod members, amount of locks, amount of invited and active Pod guests. By clicking on one of these Pod characteristics the Site admin will land on the Pod detail page. On this page, several details are shown and actions can be taken.
- Block or unblock guests
- Edit locks Renaming the Pod
- Deleting the Pod
At some point, you probably need to invite a guest to your Pod. A friend, customer or regular supplier for instance. A Pod member is able to invite a guest using the mobile app for iOS or Android. Once the Pod member invites a guest the guest will be shown as ‘Sign-up pending’ in the Pod members people overview screen until the guest registers.
The guest can register by accepting the invitation to download the app in the e-mail he/she automatically receives when the Pod member sends the invite.
The Pod member who invites the guest(s) can choose which locks guests can access and when they can access them. They also have the ability to block or delete guests from the Pod. Guests have the same access as the Pod members or, if needed, limited access.
There are some rules though. Until further notice guests can:
- Only use Mobile key
- Only be invited through email
In the next phase, we aim to perfect the Pod feature even more. With more functionalities that we are sure will make lives around the world easier on a day to day basis.
Functionalities such as:
- PIN creation from the mobile app by a Pod member
- Lock group implementation
- Privacy for tenants (hiding the information of Pod member's activity on Site owner/admin view)
Do you have a Pod related question? You might find your answer in the Support section.
Opening doors from your Today View screen? Read more about the Mobile Key widget.
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