Silverstein Properties, a leading real estate development, investment and management firm, introduced contactless access to its 7 World Trade Center office building through an employee badge in Apple Wallet.

Silverstein Properties is a privately held, full-service real estate development, investment and management firm based in New York. Founded in 1957 by Chairman Larry Silverstein, the company has developed, owned, and managed more than 40 million square feet of commercial, residential, retail, and hotel space.

Silverstein’s employee badges in Apple Wallet allow users to easily access its office buildings, tenant floors, fitness centers and amenity spaces using their iPhone or Apple Watch. Starting at the 7 World Trade Center, the company plans to offer the service to its 50,000 office users in New York, Philadelphia and Los Angeles in the coming months.

“We are proud to make it easy for our employees and [users] to get into our buildings, their offices, and our shared lounges, cafes, conference facilities and yoga studios using employee badge in Apple Wallet on iPhone and Apple Watch,” said Tal Kerret, President of Silverstein Properties. “Through our Inspire app, we can now provide and manage access to any number of buildings and spaces in a safe and secure way.”

How it works:

  • Seamless Set-up: Employees and tenants can add their employee badge to Apple Wallet after an initial set-up through Silverstein’s Inspire app. Once added, the badge will allow them to enter their office building, office space and shared fitness and amenity spaces. Unlike the physical cards, there is no waiting time for new employees to obtain building credentials and access.
  • Simply Tap iPhone or Apple Watch to Unlock: Once an employee badge is added to Apple Wallet on iPhone or Apple Watch, users can hold their device near the door’s NFC-enabled lock to access secured areas. With Express Mode, tenants don’t need to unlock their device to use their badge in Apple Wallet. If their iPhone needs to be charged, they can still use the device to access their office or amenity areas for up to five hours with Power Reserve.
  • More Secure and Private: Employee badges in Apple Wallet are stored on personal devices and take full advantage of the privacy and security built into iPhone and Apple Watch. When a Silverstein employee uses a badge in Apple Wallet, it is never shared with Apple or stored on Apple servers. If their iPhone or Apple Watch is misplaced, the device owner can promptly use the Find My app to lock the device and help locate it.

Employee badges in Apple Wallet are provisioned from Silverstein’s Inspire app, using SwiftConnect Access Cloud, which manages and connects disparate access control systems across owner and enterprise portfolios with mobile credential platforms, user directories, and other systems that influence physical access requirements. SwiftConnect’s Access Cloud and Silverstein’s Inspire app integrate with HID Origo, a cloud platform that enables lifecycle management of mobile credentials. The solution leverages HID’s Seos credential technology. To deliver this access experience, employee badges stored in Apple Wallet work in Power Reserve mode when the iPhone needs a charge.