KS Services: Eagle Eye Networks

For you to run your business with ease and offer the best user experience, SALTO KS is integrated with the software you love.

We are very proud and excited to present our latest SALTO KS Service: An integration with Eagle Eye Networks, a global manufacturer of cloud surveillance systems. After integration, you will find the Service already being activated in your app when logged in..

Eagle Eye Networks was founded in 2012 by Dean Drako and offers cloud-based security camera solutions for every circumstance indoor or outdoor for multiple locations and is built to make the security camera system easier and more accessible for companies. With two Headquarters in Austin, Texas and Amsterdam, 850 resellers globally and customers in 48 countries Eagle Eye Networks has proven to be the right partner to integrate with the KS platform.

“It is great to be able to provide this integration with what we perceive is our twin in the industry for CCTV. Twins because our companies are almost the same age, we share the Cloud vision and both share core values like security, reliability and both sell and support through a global network." - https://www.linkedin.com/in/rick-voogt-3b66202/, MD SALTO KS
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You can connect your Eagle Eye camera with SALTO KS by following the steps below:

  • Login with your Eagle Eye credentials to link your Eagle Eye account to your SALTO KS Site
  • To link your Eagle Eye account with KS, a security code is sent to the email address and phone number registered in the Eagle Eye account. Depending on your account you are asked for a two-factor authentication.
  • After completing the activation, all locks within your Site will be listed. Here you can change the Site and add/remove cameras to a lock
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  • Multiple cameras can be added to your lock, and one camera can be added to multiple locks
  • Now you are able to adopt the functionalities of Eagle Eye in the KS platform
  • On the top left corner of the lock detail page an icon will appear. Here, you can view a live video feed and manage the Eagle Eye cameras
  • When an event is triggered on a lock attached to an Eagle Eye camera, the icon will appear next to the event. Here past recording(s) can be viewed
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The reason why we are so excited about this integration with Eagle Eye Networks is it enables an intelligent way of keeping a close eye on any door you want with the use of a single app. A coworking space owner can, for instance, go to the KS services page in his or her KS app and find the Eagle Eye Networks integration which shows the real-time recording of any door. You can see twenty-five seconds of footage from the time stamp a certain door is opened and five seconds before the event of a door opening. This is especially helpful to confirm the correct person entered the space or building.

The main benefits of the integration with Eagle Eye Networks:

  • Receive a live video feed
  • Confirm the correct person entered the building/space
  • Let tenants/visitors in remotely from wherever, whenever by seeing who’s in front of the door
  • Multiple cameras can be added to your lock, and one camera can be added to multiple locks
  • Your video is always in your pocket with our iOS and Android SALTO KS mobile app

With this integration the path to many more successful, time and costs reducing collaborations has been paved. If you’d like to be a KS Service within SALTO KS, or integrated SALTO KS smart lock functionality into your own app, make sure to contact us.

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SALTO KS provides a flexible access control management system that requires no software installation or the added expense of a fully-wired electronic product. Modern cloud-based, wireless access control system is easy and simple to use for businesses including Coworking Spaces, Coliving Buildings, Purpose Built Student Accommodation, Retail, Multi-Tenant Housing, Gyms and many more. Our best in class wireless access control solution and smart locks guarantee the efficiency for your business. Integrate smart locks, start easily managing wireless access control now!

The first KS Service of 2019: Comelit

The year 2018 was a great one for SALTO KS. Many changes were made on the front and back-end of the applications, improving, for instance, user experience and the speed of the platform. With these steps forward, ensuring solid grounds for the future, we are expanding the KS family with external KS services such as Comelit and many more to come! The SALTO KS Cloud Business Development team is continuously in search of brands we can successfully integrate with.

The Comelit Group SpA is a company operating on a worldwide scale and specializing in the design and manufacture of video entry, video surveillance, anti-intrusion, home automation and fire protection systems. For an overview of Comelit offices worldwide click here.

"It is interesting and challenging to work on integrations, especially this one. We had the chance to 'play' (work) with new devices and integrate cool and useful features that connect two different platforms." - Jakov, Mobile app developer

Kicking off A joint project in the UK kicked off the partnership between Comelit and SALTO KS. The project was formalized at the end of 2019, and three bricks from SALTO KS travelled to Bologna (Italy), to discuss the integration. The crew consisted of our two mobile developers (for both iOS and Android) and our UX designer. This trio was put together to fully grasp the possibilities that the Comelit mobile SDK (Software Development Kit) offered.

The concept In short, the concept is as follows: The owner of a multi-tenant/residential building purchases a Comelit intercom and SALTO lock for the main entrance. The KS service allows a single app approach therefor reducing investment costs for indoor panels and/or expensive rewiring. By activating this service on mobile devices, tenants of the building are able to:

  • Receive notifications if someone is at the main entrance
  • Ring specific residents in a multi-tenant building
  • Receive a live audio/video feed
  • Let tenants/visitors in remotely from wherever, whenever

All of the above can be managed from the SALTO KS mobile app.

Design & development To create a common understanding of the tool and how it eventually will work on mobile devices a ‘Customer Journey’ was created. This not only describes the integration itself but the complete flow of the product, including the communication with the building manager.

After approval of the design, the development team could begin as well. Geared up with a Comelit demo-case containing all the hardware, the first technological proof of concept was created. It didn’t take long before it was possible to activate an intercom and receive a call from the SALTO KS mobile app.

Releasing a great KS Service The following months the design and development of the integration continued, until the new mobile app version could be released. Loyal to the initial Customer Journey, SALTO KS now offers an easy integration with Comelit intercoms. This enables the owner/manager of a building to offer a new service to tenants: Be notified about someone ringing your doorbell, having a live video/audio feed, and unlocking remotely.

How does it work Let’s dive a bit deeper into the functionality of this KS Service: At some point, the manager of the building has distributed unique codes (or files) to the tenants. Each code (/file) can be used once to activate a device. The building tenant creates an account to log in to the mobile app, and selects Comelit from the KS Services.

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Next, the choice is given to enter a Code manually or upload a so-called .MUG file. This file automatically configures the device for that specific Comelit intercom, avoiding manual input and chance of human error.

After a successful activation of the device, a walkthrough is presented which explains in four illustrated steps the benefits and functionality of the KS Service. After this walkthrough the connected intercom is presented, meaning that all is set and done to make full use of the functionality.

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Now, a guest arrives at the main entrance of the building, and he enters the number of a specific apartment. The Comelit intercom will send a push message to the SALTO KS mobile app, directly notifying those who have activated their device. The notification is presented as a regular phone call, which can be either answered or ignored. Answering the call will open the two-way audio feed of the intercom, just like a regular call. From the same call screen, the visitor can be let in directly. The app will remotely grant access for a few seconds! Alternatively, if the guest is not known, a video feed can be started (depending on the type of intercom). This screen offers similar functionality to the previous: Either let them in, mute or end the call.

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With this integration the path to many more successful, time and costs reducing collaborations has been paved.

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SALTO KS provides a flexible access control management system that requires no software installation or the added expense of a fully-wired electronic product. Modern cloud-based, wireless access control system is easy and simple to use for businesses including Coworking Spaces, Coliving Buildings, Purpose Built Student Accommodation, Retail, Multi-Tenant Housing, Gyms and many more. Our best in class wireless access control solution and smart locks guarantee the efficiency for your business. Integrate smart locks, start easily managing wireless access control now!

Hack Coworking London 2019

We were invited by Coworkies to attend the widely anticipated event Hack Coworking London 2019 , which was also co-sponsored by SALTO. Our very own Alexander Rosdorff (KS Connect Partner Manager) and Kateryna Tokar (Senior Backend Developer) had the pleasure of attending and representing SALTO KS at the event. It was great for us to participate in this event and meet with coworking partners with whom we could collaborate with.

The hackathon itself had a very interesting standpoint for our representatives. It was an opportunity for them to interact with other participants and come up with new ideas to bring back home.

The event started with a brief presentation conducted by our vertical coworking manager, Xabier Apellániz. He provided some insight about what SALTO KS is, what it does, and what we are hoping to achieve. This also involved having our KS Connect partner manager, Alexander, take a walk around and meet with current and potential partners, like Cobot who was also one of the participants at the Hackathon, and one of our latest KS Connect partners.

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“We wanted to make coworking spaces more intimate, dynamic, and flexible. We decided to have a solution to have more meeting room space but not at the expense of the fixed installations of office space.”
- Adapted, Group Challenge Winners

Next, an important part of the hackathon was, of course, our SALTO KS challenge. On the technical side, Kateryna opened up our API to the participants and they were challenged to come up with the best integration with our API that they could come up with.

The group called ‘Adapted’ ended up winning the prize sum of 1,500 pounds. Congratulations Adapted! Their impressive solution involved creating meeting room space with mobile walls and the SALTO KS smart locking access system. This design allows a user to book as much space as they need in a meeting room by adjusting the position of the walls to their comfort. This means it you would be physically building a room of your preferred size with just a few clicks of a button. Adapted says they were inspired to come up with this idea as a result of fixed installations of office spaces and that the solution was some utilization of industrial design concepts.

Thank you Coworkies for giving us the opportunity to participate in this inspiring Hackcoworking event!

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SALTO KS provides a flexible access control management system that requires no software installation or the added expense of a fully-wired electronic product. Modern cloud-based, wireless access control system is easy and simple to use for businesses including Coworking Spaces, Coliving Buildings, Purpose Built Student Accommodation, Retail, Multi-Tenant Housing, Gyms and many more. Our best in class wireless access control solution and smart locks guarantee the efficiency for your business. Integrate smart locks, start easily managing wireless access control now!

Top 5 coworking spaces in Amsterdam

You need to find some peace and quiet to work or a change of scenery to let the creative juices flow, right?

Coworking spaces are always a good idea! Coworking spaces are booming all around the world, including Amsterdam.

That’s why we made a top 5 of the most outstanding coworking spaces in Amsterdam, to help you pick the right one for you!

1. Regus

Regus is the world’s largest provider of flexible workspace solutions, with customers including some of the most successful entrepreneurs, individuals and multi-billion dollar corporations. It is ideal for larger companies that are looking for a more corporate environment, with opportunities to use multiple workspaces around the world. Currently, all new Regus business centres opening around the world are using the Regus access control app.

Several locations throughout the world: http://www.regus.nl/workspace/Amsterdam

2. Spaces

Spaces, born in Amsterdam acquired by Regus, has beautifully designed coworking spaces measured to your needs! Whether you need a cosy get-together nook, a large lunch table or a small phone booth, anything is possible at Spaces! It provides a less corporate, more hip working environment compared to its ‘big brother’ Regus. Just like Regus, Spaces is also a customer of SALTO KS.

Several locations in Amsterdam, Den Haag, Rotterdam and throughout the world:
 https://www.spacesworks.com

3. TQ

‘A curated tech space in the centre of Amsterdam’. TQ has become the heart of the Amsterdam startup community. During the day you can find yourself working in one of the meeting rooms, and at night having a beer in TQ’s own bar, while attending an interesting meetup. This is no surprise since TQ was founded by The Next Web. TQ is all about helping your startup grow and focus on what’s important, by providing a productive workplace with a big international network.

Singel 542, Amsterdam: 
https://tq.co

4. The Thinking Hut

A true coworking space for the creative individuals! This old horse stable was built in 1912 and renovated in 2012 by a group of friends who decided they needed a place where they could work on their projects while meeting creative like minded people. The Thinking Hut was born. On your break, you can stroll through the lovely Oosterpark. A meeting room can be booked per hour, but if a day pass is more your thing: no problem! The Thinking hut is a very cosy creative coworking space where you most certainly will come up with a new life-changing idea!

Mauritskade 55c, Amsterdam: 
http://www.thethinkinghut.com

5. Zoku’s social spaces

Zoku is the international living room of Amsterdam! What makes Zoku different from others is that it offers flexible home/office hybrid apartments in Amsterdam with communal working areas. They have an impeccably designed space on the top floor of a hotel. It feels light and warm. When it’s a summer day you can sit in one of the glass houses on the roof terrace or hang in a hang mat to think your presentation over. Whether you sit in the living room, game room or at the large kitchen table everyone feels welcomed at Zoku!

Weesperstraat 105, Amsterdam: 
 https://livezoku.com

Top 5 coworking paces in Amsterdam

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SALTO KS provides a flexible access control management system that requires no software installation or the added expense of a fully-wired electronic product. Modern cloud-based, wireless access control system is easy and simple to use for businesses including Coworking Spaces, Coliving Buildings, Purpose Built Student Accommodation, Retail, Multi-Tenant Housing, Gyms and many more. Our best in class wireless access control solution and smart locks guarantee the efficiency for your business. Integrate smart locks, start easily managing wireless access control now!

The Class of 2020: The Netherlands Regional Session

Earlier this month, Christian (Coliving/PBSA & Vertical Business Development Manager) and Adam (Marketing Team) visited the famous Student Housing conference series: The Class of 2020.

This time, the regional session was held in Amsterdam. The theme was “The City and The Campus: Time to Invest in Talent”.

Continue reading through this blog to find out more about the event!

The panel discussion focused on attracting talented international students and expats while also managing and improving retention. It’s clear that a lot of international students move to the Netherlands for higher quality education degree programs, but the figure tends to drop in terms of retention. Alongside having a strong figure of internationals, massive problems with student accommodation arise when students are forced to find their own accommodation with insignificant help from their universities. For universities outside the Netherlands, it is very common that their campuses have private student accommodation facilities for their students. However, most Dutch higher education institutions do not comply with the same procedure. This distinction must be portrayed more appropriately to internationals who tend to see this as a shock upon approaching the start of their semesters.

“Invest in building cheaper housing which can be lived in by people on temporary contracts, as well as allowing flat sharing. Build more purpose-built student housing without forming ghettos and provide basic amenities”

- Robin Pascoe, Owner and editor of Dutchnews.nl

Another vital issue on hand revolved around rising rental prices for private housing and student accommodation. After the session, we had the opportunity to talk to Robin Pascoe, the owner and editor of dutchnews.nl, who was also one of the panel speakers at the session. When asked about the issue of rising rental prices, she stated: “Invest in building cheaper housing which can be lived in by people on temporary contracts, as well as allowing flat sharing. Build more purpose-built student housing without forming ghettos and provide basic amenities.” This is definitely one way to tackle this issue. Many students turn to temporary housing facilities for affordability purposes. Flat sharing is also very beneficial. Sharing the rent of an entire apartment/house is a much cheaper option for students, whilst also enjoying the social company of their flat mates at home.

“It depends on where the internationals come from. The most common issue is the culture. The Dutch are very direct and open. It is important that internationals learn more about Dutch culture in advance.”

- Sander Lapré, the Director Shared Services at Hotelschool The Hague

Another matter discussed during the session was integration of international students and expats into Dutch society. We also spoke with another member of the panel speakers, Sander Lapré, the Director Shared Services at Hotelschool The Hague. When asked about the divide between the Dutch and internationals, Sander stated: “It depends on where the internationals come from. The most common issue is culture. The Dutch are very direct and open. It is important that internationals learn more about Dutch culture in advance.” The culture differences are pretty clear. Internationals commonly tend to socialize more with people from similar cultures or other internationals. This raises concern considering that getting along with the Dutch is a necessary part of integrating into the society they live in.

Finally, the topic of supply/demand of student housing was also highlighted during another panel discussion in this session. The Netherlands has seen various nation-wide investments in student housing in order to improve the level of supply. Out of a total 692,000 students enrolled in higher education programs, approximately 49% of them live away from home, clearly depicting the high level of demand for student housing. Although such as Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Leiden, and Delft possess the highest student populations, they also go on record for having the highest shortages in housing. However, these shortages are expected to significantly decrease in the coming years. Other cities such as Utrecht and Groningen are expected to see surpluses in housing in the coming years, providing an incentive for internationals to pursue living in cities besides the larger ones.

class of 2020 NL

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SALTO KS provides a flexible access control management system that requires no software installation or the added expense of a fully-wired electronic product. Modern cloud-based, wireless access control system is easy and simple to use for businesses including Coworking Spaces, Coliving Buildings, Purpose Built Student Accommodation, Retail, Multi-Tenant Housing, Gyms and many more. Our best in class wireless access control solution and smart locks guarantee the efficiency for your business. Integrate smart locks, start easily managing wireless access control now!

The key to attracting and retaining millennial tenants

Millennials account for a large part of the world’s total population. People from this age group have experienced a lot in this time-span and still have the rest of their lives to enjoy. Millennials would currently fall under the age group of about 23 to 35 and are finishing up university or newly entering the workforce to become active working professionals.

At this stage in their lives, millennials are much more likely to rent homes rather than buying. They don’t feel the urgency to buy and lean towards renting. Also, the younger millennials have probably had to experience increases in costs of tuition fees at universities, so a lot of younger millennials with student loans are already high in debt and prefer to clear that first. As a result, landlords and lessors have a high market with a lot of potential tenants, mostly consisting of millennials.

In the modern rental market, landlords cannot simply rely on providing housing with basic amenities anymore. Millennials are now adapting to certain lifestyles that they want to implement in their homes. This means that the homes they are looking for must suit their needs and have several different facilities in order to be satisfied with them. For this reason, millennial renters tend to look for several aspects in a home before deciding to sign a lease.

The main aspects are mentioned as follows:

Price

To begin with, the aspect of price stands true for any renter regardless of their age group. An unfair leasing price will draw away the interest of most renters. However, millennials look for a lot of amenities in their homes that they need. If they see that a home provides a lot of amenities and benefits to offer, a lot of them would not mind paying a higher price if it means higher comfort in their homes. As a lessor, focusing on this area could prove very beneficial and attractive to a millennial tenant.

Location

Location is also a clear relevance for any renter, but how exactly is it relevant to a millennial? Well, the things that millennials prioritize about the location of a home is their proximity to the community around them. This means that things such as entertainment, bars, parks, universities, libraries, and their work should be something within close proximity to their homes. If not close, then it should be something that at least has a decent public transport connection. As a landlord, if you are renting out a home in a central location, that would be your main selling point and has to be market as efficient as possible (through millennials main news resource social media for example) to your prospective tenants and you are guaranteed to get multiple applications!

Dogs, Cats, Hamsters... Be Pet-Friendly!

Did you know that an incredible 73 per cent of millennials today currently own pets? Yes, the statistic is really that high! So, if you want to lease a home to a millennial tenant you need to accept that there’s a high chance your tenants have pets and will turn your home in a pet-friendly place. In fact, according to this article posted by CNBC, millennials will not hesitate to lose interest in a home that is not pet-friendly and make this a priority in their decisions. So overall, not only does this increase a millennial tenant’s chances of accepting your lease but it also greatly expands your market.

Be Environmentally Friendly

Another important thing to consider is that lots of millennials like to live an environmentally friendly lifestyle. They are aware of environmental crises occurring globally and do their best to make changes that are more sustainable and eco-friendly. Turning your property into an energy saving home can be a big advantage as a landlord. This can include solar panels, energy-saving utilities (energy saving light bulbs for example), recycling bins, etc. Also, offering secure bike storage for tenants who prefer to bike over travelling by car, an option they know heavily reduces their carbon footprints.

Amenities/Appliances

Perhaps a very critical aspect in a millennial tenant’s decision to rent a home is the amount/quality of amenities that come along with it. Understanding what your prospective tenants are looking for is a great advantage. This can include things such as furnishing, in-unit washing machines, dishwashers and parking areas. This can play a crucial part in securing a tenant. For example, in the state of California, providing refrigerators for tenants is not included in their habitability laws. Therefore, providing one is already an advantage for a landlord. Overall, the point is to understand what amenities your tenants are looking for and be able to provide them with that.

Communal Spaces

The final aspect and certainly a critical one is communal spaces. Think of student housing for example. Student houses or dorms always have common lounges where tenants can gather and hang out. Now, by applying the same idea to your property, you’ll also be providing your millennial tenants with the same value. Tenants don’t only want to have a good apartment, but also a good community. Communal spaces help them integrate with neighbours and be able to interact during their free time.

Wondering how you can attract millenial renters by taking care of a carefree user experience? Contact us.

We are happy to inform you about the many posibilities!

Read for instance how the Alpha Phi sorority takes care of their access control security here.

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SALTO KS provides a flexible access control management system that requires no software installation or the added expense of a fully-wired electronic product. Modern cloud-based, wireless access control system is easy and simple to use for businesses including Coworking Spaces, Coliving Buildings, Purpose Built Student Accommodation, Retail, Multi-Tenant Housing, Gyms and many more. Our best in class wireless access control solution and smart locks guarantee the efficiency for your business. Integrate smart locks, start easily managing wireless access control now!

How smart is it to invest in the Student Housing industry in Europe?

The increase in students attending higher education has led to a massive restructuring of the student housing industry. Over the last decade, the student-housing market has rapidly grown and seen various record levels of investment. This is mainly due to the increase in enrolment of students in higher education institutions. Not only this, but the number of international students in Europe has also been on the rise.

In 2014, there were a total of 4 million international students studying in Europe. By 2020, the total number is expected to surpass 7 million international students, which clearly indicates an incredible growth. Moreover, because of high rental prices for private housing markets, the demand for affordable student housing is rising. Most students, especially international and foreign exchange students prefer to live in student housing facilities. As a student, living in a student housing facility, or dormitory offers you the opportunity to interact with fellow students and get to know them better.

It is a straightforward way to build a social lifestyle at university outside of the campus itself. Events usually take place at dormitories, which also helps aid with the level of interaction between students. For international and foreign exchange students, this is a pretty vital aspect considering the usual scenario where they move to a new country and do not know anyone there, making student housing facilities and the social atmosphere very fundamental for them.

Overall, the relevance of student housing is depicted here so far, but what exactly makes it a good industry to invest in?

Further in this blog, several nations are analyzed on their student housing markets and the opportunities they offer for investments. All data recorded has been researched by JLL.

Germany is widely known for its ability to attract a great number of international students from all over the world, mainly as a result of the country’s low tuition fees and quality of education. Germany possesses the largest student population in all of Europe. Not only this, but over the last decade, the total number of students in Germany has risen by 28%. Amongst this statistic, only 1% is made up of part-time students, clearly depicting a high demand for student housing in the nation. Unlike the high demand for student housing in Germany, the level of supply is not that great due to the large number of students. Because of this, some students rent shared apartments or studios from private housing markets. With an increase in supply of student housing, the profit from investments is almost certain.

The Netherlands is one of the most popular destinations for international students in Europe. In fact, the number of international students in the Netherlands has actually risen by an incredible figure of 164% over the last decade, indicating a clear high demand for student housing in the country. Since it is very uncommon for universities in the Netherlands to have their own student housing facilities, the market is mostly occupied by private businesses such as DUWO, The Student Hotel, and XIOR Student Housing. The Student Hotel and XIOR have been investing well in Dutch student housing over the last few years, with several new locations being opened across the country. Moreover, supply levels for student housing are pretty stable in the Netherlands. However, rent prices can be pretty costly for students, especially in the Randstad region that includes Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam, and Utrecht, which all possess a very large number of student populations. Because of this, investing in building student-housing facilities at lower rent prices would be a pretty profitable and popular choice for students

Spain is another famously known country for its student body. The country is a popular destination mainly due to its year-round sunny weather and social life of students. As a result, a large number of students are doing their Erasmus semester studies abroad in Spain: Mainly in Madrid or Barcelona. Supply for student housing in Spain does not stand at a positive level. Approximately 5% of all students live in PBSA (Purpose Built Student Accommodation), and most of those usually stand at a full occupancy level. This highlights the relevance of increasing the supply of student accommodation, especially for internationals. Not only this, but with rent prices being quite high in cities like Madrid and Barcelona, Spanish students tend to remain living at home with their families. Investing in this market for a higher supply of affordable student housing would be very profitable for students in Spain.

The previous countries were analyzed on their status in student housing markets and the potential for further investments. The figure above also depicts the levels of supply and demand. Although only a few countries were listed in this blog, other countries such as the United Kingdom, Italy, and France also possess similar prospects. Some countries already have major players of student housing in these markets, but the opportunity for entry is still there and is a profitable choice.

Overall, not only does investing in student housing in these markets make a profitable benefit, but it also provides students with the opportunity to find more affordable rent and be part of a socially integrated student body. .

Create the perfect customer experience for your students by implementing SALTO KS into your business. Contact us for more information..

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SALTO KS provides a flexible access control management system that requires no software installation or the added expense of a fully-wired electronic product. Modern cloud-based, wireless access control system is easy and simple to use for businesses including Coworking Spaces, Coliving Buildings, Purpose Built Student Accommodation, Retail, Multi-Tenant Housing, Gyms and many more. Our best in class wireless access control solution and smart locks guarantee the efficiency for your business. Integrate smart locks, start easily managing wireless access control now!

Student housing in Australia: The Global Investment Summit

Around the globe the coliving movement is strong, and the land down under is no exception. As big fans of the Class of 2020, the biggest conference on student housing, our Australian team including Cedric, Robert and Dennis visited the Global Investment Summits in Melbourne and Sydney for some much-appreciated insights on the student housing movement in one of the worlds most urbanized countries.

Especially for students and young adults the world is their oyster. This generation is able to study, work and therefore live wherever life takes them. No wonder real estate developers are aiming for these digital nomads. Melbourne, however, has the highest number of students but the market for student accommodation is still not properly equipped. Investors are certainly interested but need some security in return like operational quality. The government is carving out a relatively high budget and has a strong, strategic and supported drive to attract international students to overcome the unpopularity of travelling within Australia that results in a market delay regarding student housing.

Luckily not only in the UK but also in Australia student housing providers are acknowledging their influence on the mental health of their young tenants. It’s a known fact loneliness is a big issue for the generation that’s famous for their ability to connect online, but struggle the most connecting with like-minded people offline. Student housing, therefore, is a welcome solution to overcome that sense of loneliness and connect and engage in real life.

A new trend is coliving when university ends: Fresh out of university graduates that are used to living in PBSA (Purpose Based Student Accommodations) would like to continue this way of living, at least until they're landed on their (corporate) feet, particularly in Sydney where living isn’t affordable at all operators have a great opportunity of establishing a successful coliving community. Coliving is a welcome solution to this problem and is applauded by the government. However, hybridisation occurs when it’s unclear where PBSA ends and coliving begins. To tackle the planning challenges in Australia competitors need to work together and define what student accommodation, coliving and hospitality exactly entail in order to make it a success.

We find ourselves at the forefront of innovating student housing. Let’s shape the student living of tomorrow together.

Thank you Scape and Savills student accommodations for hosting the Global Investment Summit in Melbourne and Sydney.

Meet the SALTO KS team this 23rd of May at the German Regional Session in Frankfurt!

Read our recap of the worlds first coliving conference here or learn more about the student housing movement in Asia here.

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SALTO KS provides a flexible access control management system that requires no software installation or the added expense of a fully-wired electronic product. Modern cloud-based, wireless access control system is easy and simple to use for businesses including Coworking Spaces, Coliving Buildings, Purpose Built Student Accommodation, Retail, Multi-Tenant Housing, Gyms and many more. Our best in class wireless access control solution and smart locks guarantee the efficiency for your business. Integrate smart locks, start easily managing wireless access control now!

We just got ISO certified!

Nailed it: We are happy and proud to inform you that Clay Solutions (the team behind SALTO KS) got ISO certified! After seven months of hard work from the team in collaboration with our interim Security Officer Edwin we got awarded the ISO 27001 certification.

For anyone who isn’t familiar with the ISO 27001: This is an international standard that describes how to manage information security and the corresponding requirements to prevent security breaches. When these requirements are met by successfully completing the audit, a company gets ISO 27001 certified. This certificate is a confirmation of running a business that has a permanent focus on information security. This means all sensitive information is stored safely. To reach this goal we needed to reconsider all internal and external procedures, from suppliers to passwords and examine them with an even more critical eye.

Over the past seven months we’ve determined the potential hazards that could get in the way of protecting important information of the company and its customers. We defined which measures we had to take to prevent security breaches and ensure the utmost confidentiality. Where larger organizations have a more narrow scope because they chose to have just one product line or service certified, Clay decided to have a broader scope and go beyond the security of its office, since it’s is a relatively small organization with a specific service.

Being ISO certified for Clay means that any access control system equipped with a SALTO lock connected to the SALTO KS software is in line with the ISO 27001 requirements.

The main benefits that contribute to a healthy and secure company policy:

  • Increased business resilience

  • Alignment with customer requirements

  • Improved management processes and integration with corporate risk strategies

  • Increased reliability and security of systems and information

  • Improved customer and business partner confidence

  • The access control policy states the rules for accessing systems, equipment, facilities and information. These rules are set up to present a clear overview of which user can access which network and/or services. Access to all systems is in line with the Access Control Policy, this means the access is protected with secure log-on procedures and access to the source code is highly secured.

    Software tools that have access to (sensitive) information are restricted to system administrators and can only be accessed under the supervision and certain (rare) situations. Users have to register in our information system and can access certain areas depending on the level of privilege. The rules stated in the IT Security Policy define how the users keep their authentication information confidential.

    By achieving the ISO 27001 certification we reduced the risks of an information security breach. The ISMS framework ensures proper risk management and has been set up for the development, maintenance, management and hosting of cloud-based smart lock solutions on behalf of parent company Salto Systems and their customers.

    Having met this important ISO 27001 standard we feel we’ve taken yet another big step forward and are ready to proceed with our journey in providing world-class access control. We’ll continue to be certified every year so we continually ensure the level of security that’s expected of us.

    The ISO 27001 is published by the International Standardization Organization (ISO) and is the most popular information security standard worldwide.

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    Curious about what SALTO KS can do? Contact us, we are happy to (securely) inform you about how you can integrate smart locks into your business.

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    SALTO KS provides a flexible access control management system that requires no software installation or the added expense of a fully-wired electronic product. Modern cloud-based, wireless access control system is easy and simple to use for businesses including Coworking Spaces, Coliving Buildings, Purpose Built Student Accommodation, Retail, Multi-Tenant Housing, Gyms and many more. Our best in class wireless access control solution and smart locks guarantee the efficiency for your business. Integrate smart locks, start easily managing wireless access control now!

    Recap of the first global Coliving conference

    During a meeting at a coliving space in Serbia, the founders of the Coliving Hub decided to establish a movement to promote, facilitate, educate and provide the means to develop the coliving industry on a global scale.

    Fast forward to this April: SALTO’s Vertical Business Development Manager Christian Schmitz witnessed two days of powerful talks at the very first Global Coliving Conference in beautiful Las Palmas, Gran Canaria hosted by Coliving Hub.

    Coliving Hub is determined to change the way to market coliving accommodations like PBSA and co-create places that inspire and enable personal and collective growth. They are on a roll with their fast expanding network of digital nomads, remote workers and new ways of living and needless to say, we’ll accompany Coliving Hub every step of the way leading to this admirable goal.

    Aiming for the closest look possible on anything coliving, the conference was filled with like-minded people, tips and tricks right from the heart of the industry.

    Read on to find out what insights we’ve collected from the conference:

    Mental health

    Jeremiah Adler CEO and founder of Up(st)ART emphasized on how coliving is on the other spectrum of real estate in terms of it's human aspect. Coliving is making the world a better place in more ways you could imagine. Take for instance the fact that Millenials and gen z (the generation that comes after Millennials) are the loneliest generation: 48% say they are lonely and 37% of gen z have sought mental health treatment. Loneliness is worse than smoking 15 cigarettes a day, more dangerous then obesity and will increase your likelihood of death with 29%. The regular landlord doesn’t care for such personal issues. Here comes in coliving: Somewhere you can build upon supportive relationships to overcome loneliness. A home where you can flourish. Emotionally, mentally and physically. Communities where we feel belonging, communicate authentically, and are able to grow together.

    A frequently used saying is ‘You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with'. But thanks to coliving we can change that into 'You are the average of the five people you are coliving with’.

    Choose wisely.

    Rent

    Why in the world would you pay for something you are not using, right? This is a fair question even while standing in your own kitchen. When is the last time you actually used it? There is a better way of spending the $ 2100 a month that you now pay for the usage of probably 10% of your whole house, like on your passion(s). Move into a coliving facility and say goodbye to throwing away your money and get inspired by the people surrounding you along the way. Up(st)ART’s has a mission that enables young people to move to any city in the world with just $ 1000 in their pocket. We couldn’t applaud this initiative more.

    Policy and regulations

    When opening up a coliving space, collaboration with council authorities and planners is important. A good start would be to learn the language of real estate developers. Work together with a professional planning specialist in order to show the authorities how your coliving space will benefit the community especially in regards to social value and economic returns. Emphasize on how coliving spaces are boosting the local economy worldwide by providing it’s residents with a more positive and inspiring living experience.

    The ideal coliving space

    There are four pillars that hold up a successful coliving space: Smart design, a sustainable financial model, wise management and operations and policy. Within these four pillars factors like well trained on-site staff, clear communication and tech integrations are all working together to foster a strong sense of well being for your residents.

    Your residents are the ones that make or break the space. Set up values to build a strong community. Get inspired by these examples:

  • Mindfulness of others and oneself

  • Inspired by nature

  • Personal development

  • Dynamism and practicality

  • Sharing of resources

  • Artistic expression

  • Co creation
  • As a proud sponsor together with Kindred Quarters, Spegc, The fizs and Urban Adventurers we were proud to see that Fanny Caloz (Co-founder Swiss Escape), Maria Sirotkina (Coliving founder), Rod Cook (Founder of Retreats), Hazique Memon (Co-founder Swiss Escape), Jacob Shapiro (Account Manager Outpost Club Coliving), Christine McDannell (Founder of Kindred Quarters), and Restation made the Coliving Hub conference a huge success! Thank you!

    More on coliving? Read the recap about the class of 2020 in Warsaw, Poland here

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    SALTO KS provides a flexible access control management system that requires no software installation or the added expense of a fully-wired electronic product. Modern cloud-based, wireless access control system is easy and simple to use for businesses including Coworking Spaces, Coliving Buildings, Purpose Built Student Accommodation, Retail, Multi-Tenant Housing, Gyms and many more. Our best in class wireless access control solution and smart locks guarantee the efficiency for your business. Integrate smart locks, start easily managing wireless access control now!