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Located in the bustling metropolis of Charlotte, N.C., Advent Coworking offers a creative, collaborative work environment for remote employees, allowing individuals to enjoy the same benefits of a traditional office space without the cost and upkeep. When the owners first decided to bring the coworking concept to the Queen City, two of the most important considerations were having reliable Wi-Fi and secure access control parameters. “From the get-go, we had to make sure people could get in and out of the space easily while keeping those without access out of the facility,” co-founder Kevin Giriunas said. “We also needed a solution that was scalable and available 24/7 because it is not staffed continually. Therefore, access control was critical and we took the selection process very seriously. The security of the business and our customers relies on the right technology.” Both Giriunas and Mitchell spent a considerable amount of time talking to various technology providers to evaluate different access control options, ranging from traditional key systems to fobs and card readers. In addition to being reliable and flexible, any solution also needed to be cost-efficient, and easy to use and deploy. Considering Advent is a non-traditional and innovative organization, a run-of-the-mill solution simply wouldn’t do. With all these factors in mind, the company opted to deploy VIZpin, the hosted access control and visitor management system from VIZpin.
“VIZpin was the clear choice for Advent because it is intuitive and significantly more economic to deploy,” explained Giriunas. “Also, it is a modern system that can grow as our business grows over time.” By implementing VIZpin, Giriunas estimates Advent saved at least half of what it would have cost to install a typical access control system. “The cost of using a key fob solution is far higher than the cost of using your phone as your key,” he said. “When you consider that the average cost of a fob is $5, you can quickly see that there is considerable cost savings by choosing VIZpin. Plus, the readers themselves are far more cost effective than a typical reader. Installation time and complexity was reduced as well.” Because Giriunas and Mitchell manage the access, they were also impressed by VIZpin’s flexibility and scalability. No matter where they might physically be at any given time, they can add new people to the system through a networked- enabled device.