Located in the artsy community of Lake Worth, Florida, Social House is a boutique creative coworking and event space in Palm Beach County. With a niche membership of small business owners, freelancers and independent workers from the creative industries, Social House works to provide professional-yet-creative meeting areas; open and spacious work areas; space for workshops, popups, networking and related events; and a commercial kitchen and bar.
In 2015, husband and wife entrepreneurs Eric and Laura McGlynn opened Social House. When they sought to enter the booming coworking space industry, Eric says they wanted to create a special place where members of the creative community – writers, designers, photographers, and the like – could feel like they were more at home than in an office.
Providing a coworking space for dozens of members who come and go according to varying schedules presented an access control challenge for Social House. As a result, Eric and Laura made the decision to replace the existing mechanical locks that used traditional brass keys with an electronic access control solution. They wanted to be able to give each user access to the property according to their membership level and have the additional capability of letting in cleaning crews on Sundays and maintenance workers on an as-needed basis. They also wanted a solution that could control access during the many workshops and social functions that are regularly held at the property.
Eric researched access control solutions and trusted SALTO’s cloud technology from the beginning.
SALTO KS provides a flexible, cloud-based access control management system that requires no software installation or the added expense of a fully-wired electronic product. All that is needed is an online device with an Internet connection. The affordable, easy-to-manage SALTO KS solution made it the perfect choice for an installation like Social House.
When the decision to upgrade to SALTO KS was made, SALTO XS4 escutcheons were mounted on the existing doors throughout the Social House property. SALTO XS4 escutcheons need no hard wiring, are easy to install and fit on any standard door.
With the SALTO XS4 escutcheons installed, the Social House team could now use SALTO KS to manage access control from anywhere via the SALTO KS website or mobile application.
Social House offers four coworking membership levels that range from 24/7 access to access during office hours only. With more than 40 clients who come and go – and who have varying membership levels – the ability to manage their access via SALTO KS has become “a game changer,” says Eric.
“It would be almost impossible to manage our members now using the traditional key method,” he says. “SALTO KS has made managing access control for Social House incredibly easy which frees us up to focus on delivering the best service we can to our members.”
Eric says he provides Social House members, employees, cleaning crew agents and maintenance workers a key fob which he programs according to their access level from within the SALTO KS platform.
One of the SALTO KS features Social House employees use most often is the Easy Office option, which puts doors in a permanently open state. This is helpful during the workweek when Social House has regular business hours, or for when they host receptions or community events. Social House also uses the Remote Open feature frequently for when a member has lost a key fob and can’t gain access to the building.
Features like Remote Open impress Eric and Laura the most since they are a bicoastal family that spends half of their time in Oregon.
“We can literally be in Oregon – on the other side of the country from where Social House is in Florida – and we can let in a member who has lost their key fob,” says Eric. “Or we can let in a maintenance technician to service an air conditioner that has unexpectedly broken. The convenience that SALTO KS has provided us has been beyond impressive.”
And while it hasn’t happened often, Eric says he appreciates the ability to be able to immediately revoke a member’s rights.
“With all of the members, visitors, events and activities we host at Social House, access control management could, in theory, be a nightmare to control,” says Eric. “But SALTO KS has made access control management for us at Social House very easy and we are grateful to have a product that we can rely on and manage from literally anywhere.”