Harnessing digital automation technology to transform people’s experiences in its commercial buildings, British Land Company PLC, one of Europe’s largest listed real estate investment companies, has deployed connected access at its Broadgate, 100 Liverpool Street office building in London. Through a collaboration with HID and SwiftConnect, people can now use their employee badge in Apple Wallet for seamless access at this trophy building with their iPhones and Apple Watches.
British Land’s mobile access rollout marks a significant shift by leading commercial buildings to double down on empowering people with self-service, on-demand access to more flexible, high-quality spaces.
Fiona Sawkill, Head of Digital Placemaking at British Land, commented: “Reshaping how people access British Land buildings fits our vision of modernising office spaces and providing the best experiences for our customers, employees, and visitors. Thanks to technology partnerships with SwiftConnect and HID, we can now deliver a seamless access experience while strengthening our security and improving operational efficiency.”
Employees and tenants can add their employee badge to Apple Wallet after an initial set-up through the My Broadgate app, developed by Equiem. Using the My Broadgate app makes it easy for users to add their mobile credentials to Apple Wallet without the need for additional app downloads. Bronny Wilson, Regional Head of Europe for Equiem, explains, “By leveraging technology partnerships with SwiftConnect and HID, we can deliver seamless experiences while improving operational efficiency and sustainability for British Land.”
Once added to Apple Wallet, badges are provisioned using SwiftConnect AccessCloud, which combines mobile platforms and enterprise systems governing physical access. SwiftConnect’s AccessCloud integrates with British Land’s access control system and HID Origo™, a cloud platform that enables the lifecycle management of mobile credentials. The solution also leverages HID SEOS credential technology to deliver an intuitive, private and secure access transaction when users present their iPhone or Apple Watch to HID SIGNO® and iCLASS SE Readers.
“British Land is a great example of a real estate investment company combining the power of mobile and digitisation with their strategy to streamline and differentiate their properties,” says James Kendall, European Regional Director at SwiftConnect. “As we gain traction in Europe, North America and worldwide, SwiftConnect remains focused on equipping building owners and enterprises with the capabilities and best practices necessary to provide an extraordinary experience to users while also maximising their investments in connected access.”
Spencer Marshall, Head of Europe for PACS at HID, adds, “Our commitment to innovation levels up mobile access capabilities to ensure that tenants and visitors enjoy a seamless and secure tap-based experience across all spaces. We are proud to partner with SwiftConnect and British Land, two companies at the forefront of redefining modern office spaces with best-of-breed technologies and unique approaches to PropTech.”
British Land is among a growing number of trophy building owners that are focused not only on user experience, efficiency, and security but also on sustainability. The green benefits of switching to HID-enabled SEOS mobile IDs, powered by the integrated SwiftConnect solution, include reduced waste, less use of plastic, lower energy consumption, and higher efficiency for a more positive environmental impact.
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