Openpath, a company on a mission to bring frictionless access and better security to our workplaces, reveals that 94% of its users now use their smartphone over a keycard to enter the office, an enviable accomplishment in an industry with shockingly low mobile adoption rates. Recognising a general lack of mobile adoption in the access control industry, Openpath launches the Mullion Smart Reader to fill out its portfolio of access control readers.

The sleek, versatile and compact design of the Mullion Smart Reader enables Openpath to further provide the most convenient form of mobile entry - hands-free, keyless, mobile access – to businesses everywhere.

Traditional Access Credentials

Employees want convenience; they don’t want to go through a bunch of steps to get into their office in the morning. With the majority of our users agreeing that the simplest way to unlock their office door is to stand in front of it, we developed the hardware and software to deliver that experience to any office setting,” said Alex Kazerani, Openpath’s co-founder and CEO. “By achieving 94% mobile adoption over traditional access credentials, we have cracked the code to delivering the user experience employees want with the elegant, easy-to-install hardware businesses need.”

Openpath user analytics show that the majority of users have not only shifted to using their mobile phone for access, but also prefer to leave their smartphone in their bag or pocket to enter the office. With Openpath’s Touch access feature, employees get the convenience of an automatic door with the security of an encrypted, credential-based access system.

Hands-Free Entry

With the new Mullion Smart Reader, it is easier than ever for companies to install Openpath in the most convenient spot to enable hands-free entry with Touch

Faster and more convenient than opening an app or using a key or fob, Openpath Touch automatically recognizes a user’s smartphone as he/she approaches, even if it's in a purse or pocket, and allows the user to enter with only a wave of their hand or a touch of the reader. With the new Mullion Smart Reader, it is easier than ever for companies to install Openpath in the most convenient spot to enable hands-free entry with Touch.

Designed to fit anywhere and bring a modern look-and-feel to locations that require a smaller reader form factor, the Mullion Reader can mount on any wall or door frame and leverage existing reader wiring. Once installed, Openpath’s technology uses Bluetooth and motion detection to authenticate the user and unlock the door. Like all Openpath Smart Readers, this new model continues to support keycards and fobs to ensure flexible options for those who want to offer various credential options.

James Segil, co-founder and President of Openpath, said: “To truly enable convenient, elegant mobile access for all, we need to make smart office access control more accessible. With the introduction of this Mullion form-factor to our existing Smart Reader line-up, we are able to provide the many design and deployment options necessary to meet the demands of any building configuration. With the Mullion Smart Reader, we ensure that any office can utilize our technology in a way that is both practical and affordable while keeping security, aesthetic and ease of use a top priority.”

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