Kastle: Smart Security Solutions for Cities and Buildings

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Haniel Lynn, CEO
The notion of smart cities calls for an integrated ecosystem comprised of information, structures, systems and communication technology, all linked via the internet (IoT) working together to optimize the efficiency of city operations and services and connect to citizens.

The purpose is to enhance quality, performance and interactivity of urban services, to reduce costs and resource consumption and to increase engagement between citizens, businesses and government.

While creating a modern city demands using proficient methods to construct new, modern, energy-efficient buildings run by smart property management platforms to optimize operations, it also requires addressing the 75 percent+ of existing structures that have older, non-efficient technology running their systems.

Another key element of a truly smart city is providing physical security of occupants, balancing their desire to navigate freely within public urban spaces with the need to secure some private occupant spaces to only authorized users. To this end, Kastle Systems provides innovative security solutions with open-standards and interoperability that are designed to function in tandem with smart city ecosystems. The company integrates functions such as access control, video surveillance, and identity management, with other smart property management platforms that enhance the performance efficiency of building models old and new.

The company’s open-standards approach enables Kastle’s modern security technology to be retrofitted over older existing infrastructure to empower advanced performance such as making it possible for analog cameras to transfer images digitally to the cloud, and smartphone-based access credentials to provide seamless handsfree access across multiple buildings with a hodgepodge of old access control hardware and software. This interoperability also facilitates integration of physical access control with broader smart building systems such as tying identity access rights to smart elevator delivery scheduling.

Kastle also partners with municipalities to leverage the company’s smart video surveillance assets within the city to support of law enforcement. In the case of their CapitalSheild® program in Washington DC, Kastle has enabled the local Police to access footage from Kastle’s existing city-wide exterior cameras from the department’s Operations Center to quickly and cost-effectively elevate city-wide-security.


Our open-standard platform and our ability to “plug and play” across systems, companies, and clients while maintaining best-in-class security and service is a competitive advantage

As a technology and security company, Kastle is truly unique with its cloud-based managed access control system. “Our open-standard platform and our ability to “plug and play” across systems, companies, and clients while maintaining best-in-class security and service is a competitive advantage,” mentions Haniel Lynn, CEO of Kastle.

Apart from catering to city infrastructures and buildings, the company also offers impactful access management solutions to enterprise organizations enabling them to store employees’ identity data in one location at the client’s authoritative source and instantly activate a physical access credential that can have access rights across a multitude of company locations around the world. This makes the entire on-boarding and off-boarding process effortless, automatic and secure.

A key function of the prototypical smart city includes engaging urban occupants with their office buildings or multifamily residences as demonstrated in the rise of occupant experience mobile applications which enable denizens to physically control and engage with aspects of their building environment such as temperature and lighting control, conference room and amenity reservations and more. Kastle enables its mobile access control functionality to “plug in” to these platforms to add handsfree access to the menu of functions available, once again leveraging its open standards approach to integrate with other property management technology to help deliver the smart city vision.

With a vision to collaborate and partner with varied smart building, smart city and occupant experience players across the industry, Kastle not only wants to make its roots stronger in its current markets but also expand along with future Smart City programs in places like San Francisco, Atlanta, Miami, Dallas, and Austin.

Kastle News

Kastle Systems and Rise Buildings Partner on Breakthrough Mobile App Integration

FALLS CHURCH, Va: Kastle Systems International, the industry leader in managed security solutions and services, and Rise Buildings, the provider of an integrated proptech platform that manages all the daily activities for buildings' staff and occupants, announced an agreement to integrate Kastle's digital mobile access credential functionality with Rise Buildings' advanced occupant experience app.

Kastle Systems' Access Control service is now integrated with the Rise Buildings' mobile property management platform to add managed access and security to the robust menu of features already provided to Rise property residents.

Rise Buildings is the first platform to announce a formal partnership with Kastle Systems to use Kastle's new mobile Software Development Kit (SDK). The teams embedded digital access credentials for property occupants within the broader Rise property experience platform, strengthening the overall Rise offering by integrating leading managed access and security capabilities with other Rise features—including rent payment processing, package delivery notifications and pickups, maintenance requests, pre-authorized visitor access, amenity usage reservations and more.

This groundbreaking agreement between real estate service leaders demonstrates their shared belief that providing occupants with digital access via mobile devices is an empowering, "sticky" feature that extends the everyday convenience and experience for tenants, residents and employees in buildings anywhere. The partnership also encourages occupant engagement and adoption by meeting and exceeding their expectations for improved property experiences across residential and commercial markets.

Rise Buildings has amplified the power and reach of its platform by partnering with Kastle, who offers the most robust hands-free digital access platform on the market. "As the first partner in Kastle's Mobile SDK program, Rise Buildings can continue to focus on the advancement of our property experience platform while leveraging Kastle's pioneering leadership in access control implementation and monitoring. With a national footprint and a proven track record providing unrivaled access control across millions of square feet of real estate worldwide, Kastle is the perfect partner for us, and we couldn't be more thrilled about what the future holds together," says Prasan Kale, CEO of Rise Buildings.

Kastle Systems' objective for its Mobile SDK program was to respond to the trend toward a more experiential, single app strategy and make sure that its superior BLE-enabled mobile access was available for any customer on whichever app they choose. "Rise Buildings has led the way in developing innovative occupant experience technology that meets the demands of ever-higher occupant expectations. The integration with Rise Buildings exemplifies the seamless availability of mobile credentials as part of a single, sophisticated mobile tenant experience, and is very much aligned with and ahead of market trends," notes Haniel Lynn, CEO of Kastle Systems.

Kastle System Announces Direct Access Control Software with RealPage OneSite Property Management Software Platform

Kastle Access Control Management Connects to RealPage OneSite Resident Data, enabling the users to reuse the initial RealPage data as an authoritative source.

FREMONT, CA: Kastle Systems International, one of the industry leaders in advanced managed security systems and services, announced that they had released Kastle's direct access control software integrating with the RealPage® OneSite property management software platform. This brand new feature enables RealPage Onesite users the ability to reuse the initial RealPage data and information as the authoritative source for resident data across the other critical community systems comprising access control and smart locks.
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Company
Kastle

Headquarters
Falls Church, VA

Management
Haniel Lynn, CEO

Description
Kastle provides innovative security systems with open-standards and interoperability that are purpose-built for smart city ecosystems. The company’s open-standards approach enables Kastle’s modern security technology to be retrofitted over older existing infrastructure to empower advanced performance such as making it possible for analog cameras to transfer images digitally to the cloud, and smartphone-based access credentials to provide seamless handsfree access across multiple buildings with a hodgepodge of old access control hardware and software. This interoperability also facilitates integration of physical access control with broader smart building systems such as tying identity access rights to smart elevator delivery scheduling

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