Located in Warsaw, Poland, Varso Place is HB Reavis’ latest development and most ambitious project to date. Designed by world famous British architects, Fosters + Partners, it comprises three buildings in a 144,000 square meter area. The project’s showstopper is the fully glazed 53-storey Varso Tower standing at over 310 metres tall. The mixed-use site features prestigious office and public spaces on ground levels, including shops, restaurants and an observation deck at the top of Varso Tower.
The implementation of its HID Mobile Access solution and mobile-enabled readers in Varso Place, the site of the tallest skyscraper in the European Union, allows more than 7,000 people to move more freely and securely throughout the building.
Due to the size and scope of the project, HB Reavis – a renowned international workspace developer – sought a single access system for the entire building so that every tenant would have a simple, easy-to-use, one-stop solution for security management. It wanted to move away from tenants having to use a traditional keyfob or card-based solution and rather implement a high-tech system that also allows for the management of digital credentials using smartphones as a primary form factor.
The solution of choice included HID Mobile Access and mobile-enabled readers from HID Global which are equipped with Bluetooth® Low Energy (BLE) and Near Field Communication (NFC) technologies, as well as a Software Development Kit (SDK) that integrates with HB Reavis’ More App. The app covers all building services from concierge services, events, room booking systems, car or bike sharing and, of course, easy access when people enter and exit and move around.
As the SDK can be developed and upgraded over time as requirements change, HB Reavis is able to maximise the long-term benefit of mobile security. The mobile, contactless solution – which supports Android and iOS-based smartphones – has been particularly beneficial during the COVID-19 pandemic as it minimises surface contact and the human-to-human interaction that is typical when issuing and managing physical cards and key-fobs.
“Not only does mobile access provide state-of-the-art security control, there is no need to remember to take a pass with you when you leave home or move around the building. When security is based on the phone, it is frictionless because people always have their phones with them,” said Jakub Kacer, Security Manager at HB Reavis.
With the support of HID Global, HB Reavis can ensure a seamless access control solution that enhances the user experience for tenants and employees at Varso Place who access the building’s facilities every day.