Openpath’s study also highlighted that 36% of employees believe that smart technology needs to be integrated into their office security protocols
More than 25% of employees surveyed across the U.S. said access control is the most outdated feature in their office, according to a recent study by Openpath, a specialist in workplace and security.
The study also revealed that 40% of surveyed employees said they find it difficult or unpleasant to get into their office every day.
“In order to provide employees with the workplace experience they want, we must tailor our solutions to address the issues they are facing on a daily basis,” said Alex Kazerani, Openpath’s co-founder and CEO. “Nearly 75% of respondents to our survey believe smart office technologies should be implemented to create a better work environment:
Openpath’s Office Technology Study also highlighted that more than half of employees think their company access control system could be improved or modernized, while one in three respondents would like to see improvements in their access control system by integrating smart technology.
Also, 36% of respondents believe that smart technology needs to be integrated into their office security protocols, specifically at the office entrance.
The study also found that more than 50% of respondents expect to be able to control smart devices in the workplace with their mobile phones in the next five years, while more than half would prefer to only carry their mobile phone as a door key instead of a separate badge, card, or fob.
James Segil, co-founder and President of Openpath, said: “The results from Openpath’s Office Technology Study demonstrate the need for smart office security solutions (…) as well as the demand for technology that solves employees’ daily challenges and improves their overall work environment. By creating more effective and efficient offices with smart technology, companies can improve productivity, employee happiness and profit.”
Openpath Access, the company’s flagship product, allows employees to unlock any door in the office using the smartphone. The system automatically authenticates a user’s smartphone as they near the door via LTE, Wi-Fi and/or Bluetooth, ensuring seamless access and fast door unlocks, regardless of cell service or power outages.
This mobile solution also provides a high level of security with encryption that shields against cloning, sniffing and key copying.
Openpath is based in Los Angeles’ Silicon Beach and has raised $27 million to-date from Emergence Capital, Sorenson Ventures, Bonfire Ventures, Upfront Ventures, Pritzker Group Venture Capital and Fika Ventures.
Openpath’s co-founders previously co-founded EdgeCast Networks, which was acquired by Verizon for $400 million in 2013.