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September 11, 2023


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Mobile access control upgrade used in Warsaw project developments

Real estate investor and developer, Ghelamco, gets mobile and physical access control solutions across several of its prestigious projects in Warsaw, Poland with HID Global.

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The Warsaw HUB

Offering a variety of office space, all the developments are multi-tenanted by corporate clients and to support this, Ghelamco’s physical access control strategy included HID Mobile Access solutions and door readers aimed to secure entrances at four flagship sites in the capital:

  • Warsaw Spire – a 2017 building standing at 220 meters with a hyperboloid glass façade.
  • The Warsaw HUB – finished in 2020, it features two 130-meter towers (purchased by Google for €583 million) along with a third building, home to two IHG Group hotels as well as a conference centre.
  • Warsaw UNIT – completed in 2021 and standing at 202 metres high, is said to be one of the most technologically advanced and green buildings in Europe, using 30% less energy compared with similar developments.
  • The Bridge – a new skyscraper under construction, expected to open early 2025.

Mobile-enabled smart card readers have been installed throughout Warsaw HUB and UNIT. In Warsaw Spire, while physical cards are still predominately used, HID iCLASS SE readers with bluetooth and NFC modules have been fitted for testing to support a phased transition to mobile access.

Meanwhile, mobile-ready HID Signo readers will be installed in the upcoming Bridge skyscraper leveraging Seos as its underlying credential technology.

The move to mobile remains flexible

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The Warsaw UNIT

“Innovation is our hallmark, so we want to use the latest technology on projects. Many of our tenants want mobile access today. Others, however, still prefer physical cards, so selecting a vendor that supports both in tandem was imperative,” Michał Nitychoruk, Ghelamco Poland’s Communications Manager, said.

In addition, feature-rich applications have been implemented from Signal OS, a Polish proptech software development company, founded by Ghelamco.

Utilising the Google Cloud Platform service at the backend, the software is designed to manage all physical access control systems in the buildings, and is said to also be able to integrate lift and parking systems, CCTV, visitor management and, in the future, other building management systems and sensors that monitor air and water quality.

The introduction of mobile access has helped Ghelamco attract new clients who want to lease space in green, efficient and technology-led buildings, according to HID.

Looking to the future, Ghelamco has said it intends to extend and augment the access control approach in its estate by adding support for digital wallets to enhance speed of access and user convenience.

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