Top 5 reasons why Coliving attracts senior renters

The Coliving movement is taking the world by storm: Particularly metropolitan areas in which rapid urbanization calls for tools to combat the shortage of affordable housing, reduce the number of commuters, and ultimately improve infrastructure.

As a result of this, Coliving spaces strive to be both progressive and innovative in their approach to these issues, consequently attracting a millennial audience who mirrors these objectives. Coliving communities, therefore, cater to the lifestyles and needs of this demographic by providing attractive amenities which include communal spaces, furnished rooms, and even pet-friendly housing.

Nevertheless, it is important to note that Coliving caters to wider demographics and their respective requirements, one of which are senior citizens. Often referred to as senior Cohousing, this form of Coliving comes with its own perks and facilities.

In this post, we shed light on senior Coliving and its housing benefits.

The following are the 5 main reasons why Coliving attracts senior renters:

Independence

While senior Coliving unites residents for a mutually beneficial environment, it also provides privacy and respect of individual space that is important for many senior citizens. Shared spaces such as communal kitchens and recreational gardens exist to benefit the entire community, however, private rooms and apartments are often available and prioritized for seniors. For those who wish to preserve their boundaries and personal space, Coliving provides the perfect solution while also preventing loneliness and isolation. Independence, however, does not only consist of privacy!

If freedom and flexibility are required, Coliving spaces such as Co-Wo-Li and Roam consist of a global network of private spaces that cater to all demographics ranging from nomads in their late 20s to early 70s!

Security

A fundamental requirement for seniors in their search for housing is security. While this can often be masked in comfort and community, Coliving spaces go beyond basic needs by catering to both the health and financial challenges that may exist or be anticipated by its members. This is manifested in environmental sustainability, accessible design, and amenity packages which make this a secure housing choice.

Some of these age-friendly Cohousing communities are proactively developed to support ageing and co-care for its members. Furthermore, the policies adapt to the needs and circumstances of its members as they age. In other words: They extend a responsibility towards their members which can only be delivered by Coliving.

Well-Being

According to the Canadian Cohousing Network, seniors who opt for Cohousing live a minimum of ten years longer than if they chose traditional senior housing. This longevity is found to be a factor common to Coliving spaces and is supported by community life. For instance, if a member is not well, they will be checked on by other members of staff from the co-living residence. The supportive community and useful amenities have been found to make seniors happier and in better health. In other words: An overall positive impact on their well-being!

Affordability

Finally, an important aspect of Coliving is the financial accessibility and support provided to members. For urban areas, in particular, the cost of housing for seniors can be fundamental in deciding the quality of life. Coliving allows for the sharing of resources which ultimately saves money. Nursing homes and assisted living are significantly more expensive and sometimes lack the benefits that cater to the emotional and mental health of its members, contributing to the overall experience that only Coliving can provide.

Amenities

Coliving spaces are known for their highly desirable, and sometimes luxurious, amenities that are provided to all its members. When it comes to senior Coliving, these amenities are extended to cover transportation, wellness, exercise, and healthcare. Shared spaces that are common to all Coliving spaces include recreational gardens and laundry areas, and sometimes they can even include kitchens, guest facilities, a lounge, library and TV room!

One of the most attractive aspects of Coliving amenities lies in the customization and involvement of members in the design process. This implies that future residents have a say in their housing facilities and can be actively involved in the governance of the property even after moving in.

An important amenity often overlooked, is the incorporation of access control and management that provides both intuitive and easy to use technology. This comprises members, guests, cleaners, staff, etc. who may require access within the residences. Salto KS provides a solution for access control, improving both life and management within a Coliving space. Additionally, the Salto KS web app is flexible, which allows it to adapt to the needs of senior Coliving.

Wondering how you can attract senior renters through an easily accessible and user-friendly experience? Read about our Coliving solutions here: We are happy to inform you about the possibilities!

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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 what, why and how of customer experience design

This month’s Think Tank Partner is a creative genius that has a passion for designing meaningful services and experiences with a human-centric approach. With collaborations on projects with Coworking and Coliving phenomenon’s such as Zoku, Vermaat and Colonies in his portfolio SALTO KS is proud to present this inspiring guest blog written by Felix Burghardt:

Hey there, I am an Amsterdam-based experience designer with a hospitality background, German roots, a problem-solving brain and an eye for detail.

My experience spans across multiple continents, cultures and industries, from luxury hospitality to cutting-edge boutique hybrid hotels, to coworking and coliving spaces but also food & beverage concepts. This has allowed me to gain valuable skills in creating and implementing meaningful services and experiences based on a human-centric approach, to increase guest satisfaction & engagement and generate sustainable business growth.

If you are not familiar with what experience design is or why it is important to your business, then keep on reading this article.

What is experience design?

According to Kaospilot, an innovative hybrid business and design school in Denmark, ‘experience design is the practice of designing products, processes, services, events and environments with a focus placed on the quality of the user experience.’ Experience design creates moments of memories and engagement between brands and their audiences through exceeding expectations, emotional engagement and involving the user as co-creator. It ultimately helps build your brand around your customers and what matters most to them instead of the other way around.

My very own definition and what I love most about experience design is that it is a catalyst for positive emotions, engagement and connections. Paired with a sense of purpose, this is what makes businesses thrive.

Why is it important in today’s world?

‘Customers who had the best past experience spend 140% more compared to those who had the poorest past experiences.’ Peter Kriss, Harvard Business Review

We are currently living in an age lead by rapid innovation and digitalization, where customers increasingly look for experiences rather than just objects.

But still, a lot of brands use standardized services to stay competitive. For customers, it becomes difficult to differentiate one brand from another, and their decisions will often be based on the quality-price ratio. In their book, The Experience Economy, Pine and Gilmore call this effect commoditization. In their opinion, it is through staging memorable experiences you can create successful market differentiation and drive economic growth.

Experiences are not only important to stand out from your competitors and to level up your services, but also to create a stronger relationship with your audience and therefore increase loyalty. In the book ‘The Power of Moments’ Chip and Dan Heath explain that to create fans you need the remarkable and that requires peaks. Peaks don’t emerge naturally. They must be built. So instead of only focusing on building a complaint-free service, it is necessary to include moments of surprise and delight to create a memorable customer experience.

Well-Designed customer experience makes your audience feel that you care about them and that they are more than just part of a process. It’s one of the most effective marketing tools as people love to share stories of their experiences with their friends and family, online as well as offline. Or as Forbes calls it, customer experience is ‘the new brand’.

4 tips on how to design a great customer experience:

Apply human-centric research

An essential part of how I approach projects and create experiences is to first understand more about the client and their customers. Having a good understanding of what your customers desire and what the drivers of their actions are is key to exceed their expectations. Therefore, for me, the first step is always gaining empathy and putting myself in the shoes of the users. In order to get these insights, it helps to start interacting with your customers whenever possible. Use something as simple as elevator rides to find out more about them. Conduct interviews asking a series of ‘why’ questions. Start to observe their behaviour and how they interact with your online & offline community.

Define a high concept

In order to create a cohesive experience that involves many different points of interaction, and to structure its concept and design process, it is essential to define a guiding premise at the beginning of the process. The high concept is a clear statement that explains the core meaning you will create for your users with your future experience and aims to create guidance, excitement and engagement internally. In order to come up with a high concept ask ‘What if …’ questions and reframe it as a statement.

Design for memory

Experiences are not always about the beginning but also about how they end. According to Nobel Prize-winning psychologist and economist Daniel Khaneman, two things have a big influence on what we remember of a past experience. According to him, it’s about how we felt at the peak (good or bad) and at the end of an experience (peak-end rule). In order to design for memory, make sure to have a closer look at how you can implement peaks and unexpected changes into your customer journey as well as a happy end. This doesn’t mean that all other parts of experience don’t matter. But it’s definitely worth to keep the end in mind when designing an experience.

Balance technology with humanity

Great customer experiences revolve around your audience and ultimately help them reach their goals. Technology can assist to reach these goals faster and in a more convenient way. Technology should focus on solving a problem and not necessarily be implemented just for the sake of innovation. It should not distract from the real human experimentation of the experience, but be used to surprise, delight and enable a frictionless and personalized journey.

Final takeaway

There are obviously many more things to take into consideration when designing a memorable and engaging customer experience. These can range from creating excitement before the experience starts to define what you want your audience to feel and think during the experience, to deciding how you can extend the process and align and organize all stages within a customer journey. But these tips will definitely help to understand your audience better and create something that adds value to their experience and to your brand.

For more tips on how to enhance your customer experience journey, have a look at another recent article of mine here.

If you want to work together or have any questions, feel free to get in touch via [email protected] and stop by at www.felixburghardt.com to learn more about what I do. Always happy to help.

Good luck out there! 🙂

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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!

Self-service coworking with cloud-based access control

Building a stable community is one of the pillars of running a successful coworking space. Anything that helps you to manage your time as efficient as possible so you can focus on your members is an asset to your space. After all, you want to offer your community more than just a nice work environment.

Running a self-service coworking space by automating your operations is a realistic plan for the future if you choose to integrate your preferred management tool with SALTO KS.

Imagine a new member signing up for your Coworking space, he or she gets an automatic e-mail welcoming them including a variety of information such as house rules, community news and administrative tasks, but also the request of downloading your space’s internal app.

Within this integration, it’s even possible for your (new) member to book a desk or meeting room on their smartphone within seconds, schedule classes you might provide, sign up for events you will host and all other online services that make your space unique. Think of a built-in chat functionality that keeps your members connected and let the community answer questions for you.

With Mobile Key, your space member is able to open doors he or she has access to, by tapping the lock with their mobile phone even without opening your app. The mobile widget is available through the Today View screen of smartphones. This enables them, and you, for that matter to work more efficiently, saving time bypassing you as a space operator. Establishing a personal relationship with your members from the first minute they arrive becomes an effortless undertaking.

An automated billing function enables your members to receive bills based on their data. The accurate time they spend in your space, which space, what services they’ve been using and more, are all to be found on the invoice without you even having to look at a calculator.

Running a self-service coworking space is all about building a community rather than have everything automated. Define pain points in your daily operations that are costing you valuable time. Tackle these pain points by automating with the help of the right tool for you, and make sure you invest most of your time on strengthening your relationship with your members (manually).

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!

Kndrd: On a Mission to Change the Way People Live ?

At SALTO KS we care a whole lot about Coliving. We think it's important to change the world together. That's why we partnered up with several organizations that are disrupting the Coliving movement.

Every few weeks you can expect a blog post that will highlight the point of view of one of those Coliving movement disruptors.

We kick off this project with Kndrd, a coliving movement for driven and successful entrepreneurs who are committed to growing their businesses to ultimately make the world a better place:

Kndrd: Technology to facilitate the living in CoLiving ?

It’s never easy being one of the first to do something.

Especially in such a nascent industry.

Since we launched a year ago, Kndrd has been about redefining the way the world lives. We don’t think it’s okay to be ‘just okay’ with how your life is going. Everything, from your job to your home to your relationships, should be valuable and incredible.

And for this reason, we believe that it comes down to optimizing every aspect of housing, especially in major cities around the world.

Commuting an hour or two into the city center for work each day? Spending time with people who don’t uplift and inspire you? Feeling alone and isolated without meaningful relationships? These are all issues of time and spending it wisely.

On the flip side, we want to improve the efficiency of how people live and interact with each other. Including direct integration with IoT. Technology like SALTO creates automation and a great solution to home access.

In order for most people to live in the city and save precious time on their commute, they have to sacrifice cost by paying exorbitant rent prices. And it’s out of hand.

This is what drives us at Kndrd: PEOPLE. These lives and stories deserve nothing less than amazing. So we are building the software to connect humans with a CoLiving home that serves them in all parts of their life.

Here at Kndrd, we didn’t do things the easy way…. And we’re okay with that.
- Christine McDannell

We’re allowing people to travel and live globally in a way that is actually flexible and easy for the first time. Our hope is for this global interconnection to remind people that, deep down, we as humans are far more alike than we are different. And the more Kndrd is able to optimize CoLiving operations, the faster these properties can scale and serve more people.

This is what makes us tick. And the impact is profound: We can’t think of anything greater to do with a company than to help people live better.

Because, at the end of the day, that’s all we have.

Kndrd

Want to find out how SALTO KS can help you offer the most flexible customer experience for your tenants? Contact us and we'll be happy to show you!

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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!

Spotlight on a Dealer: Bectro Installatietechniek BV

Bectro Installatietechniek B.V. is an all-round installation company that offers access control solutions for shops, utility buildings, industrial halls, care institutions and schools throughout the Netherlands. At Bectro you can count on craftsmanship, great service and thorough knowledge. The lines and lead follow-up time is short and the price/quality ratio is excellent.

We spoke to Albert Engel about the future of access control:

Describe SALTO KS in one sentence

SALTO KS is the one and only safe replacement for your traditional keys.

How did Bectro installatietechniek came across SALTO KS?

I got excited about the product during the first presentation of Clay by Salto (the former SALTO KS) on a ship on the IJ canal in Amsterdam. When I got home I immediately ordered my own demo case and immersed myself in the product.

What were some of the early day challenges with KS when it was fairly a new product for small and medium-sized businesses?

Before we had an installer’s account, the challenge was mainly to generate a "Clay code" on the customer's phone while building the system. Now we can prepare in advance which makes a world of difference.

Albert Engel

Who are your main clients?

We have all kinds of SALTO KS clients. From a big escalator company that uses SALTO KS providing limited access to their mechanic that works on a malfunction in a locked storage, a church that needs to control access for their board and members or Coworking spaces with members that only use the app. Also, small companies and private homeowners are clients of ours.

What are the challenges you face when explaining/selling SALTO KS to a business?

A lot of potential clients find openings with their phone a scary thought. But mobile payment had received the same reactions when it was first introduced. People need some time to adjust to these new possibilities that might seem scary at first. The next generation will probably won’t know any better than to open their door with their smartphone. The anxiety to get hacked is also still a fear people have.

What are your favourite functionalities of SALTO KS?

Most functionalities are very helpful, but when I show a live demo of a door opening in real-time or show how fast a tag gets blocked when it gets lost, everyone gets really excited! My personal favourite is receiving a message in real-time when my son gets home safe!

How do you see the locking industry evolving with the new market demands?

As long as an electrical solution goes through the same examination and needs to earn the same licenses as the traditional solutions, I don't see any barriers. I am sure that in the near future there will be an even bigger demand for cloud-based access control solutions.

How was it for you to embrace selling a cloud solution like KS, vs. server-based or other solutions?

This was a fairly logical decision for us. In a time where everybody is living life through their smartphones, it was bound to happen: Opening your home or company's doors from your phone would become a possibility. SALTO KS completes the supply to the demand by offering a unique service besides offline SVN and online RF. If you ask me cloud- and server solutions are able to function together when it concerns access control.

How do the sales of KS and other cloud solutions compare to your other non-cloud solution sales for access control?

Even though a project needs a server solution instead of a cloud solution due to its size, I still explain the possibilities in my presentations. Often a manager or CEO of a company like the pitch and wants SALTO KS.

“SALTO KS is the one and only safe replacement for your traditional keys.”
- Albert Engel

Any encounters you’d like to share with us from a working day at Bectro?

In terms of access control I was happily surprised when one of our clients sent me a Whatsapp message on a Saturday night saying he had actually sold SALTO KS himself! I gained a client through a client. A Saturday evening well spent!

Thank you Albert for these insightful thoughts on the future of access control!

Read more about Bectro's projects like this one at The Student Hotel in Amsterdam.

Want to find out how SALTO KS can help you scale your business? Contact us and we'll be happy to show you!

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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!

Clay’s sunset, KS sunrise

The moment we’ve been equally dreading and looking forward to at the same time has arrived: Before the end of this year we’ll be shutting down my-clay.com.

Not because our journey ended. But because it’s continuing. Right here.

This is how it all begun:

Clay was born in 2012: In a little Dutch city where Xander Heijman and Rick Voogt decided to start a new company that would go on to changing the world of keys, locks and technology.

They decided to start this new company that would float on the changing the world of keys, locks and technology!

At that moment Rick was a company director at a multinational and a known name in the world of access control. Used to big and specialized projects, mainly in the Netherlands, Belgium and France. He considered himself lucky, but not necessarily happy in that role.

Xander, like a true ‘Rotterdammer' is an entrepreneur from his twenties and already (had) owned IT- and Internet companies. Entrepreneurship is the best thing that ever happened to him: A lot of hard work but in exchange the freedom to change whatever you want and do whatever you feel is necessary to make your business work.

Rick and Xander’s knowledge on how to build technology from the bottom up combined let to the birth of Clay Solutions B.V.

To establish a solid foundation now was the time to as some important questions:

  • Why do we want to build this company? Because we believe that mechanical locks definitely will disappear, and the number of locks globally is just massive
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  • We want to make a great, innovative solution for the world of access control that speaks to everybody. From consumer to entrepreneur. Beautiful, convenient, fun and above all safe and affordable.
  • We want to work with a relatively small team of highly skilled people and want to be flexible and have fun. Everything we don’t believe in we will discard. So, no conference culture, dull grey three-piece suits or spreadsheets! We want to think- and be different from the established order, work very hard and have loads of fun!


Xander and Rick realized they needed a partner that manufactured the physical locks; since this was certainly not their expertise. They made a plan to first make the prototype and then present it to a selection of big potential partners who could contribute a ton of knowledge. Among them was Salto Systems: Through Ricks network, the guys received a lock from this ‘locking company in Spain’. They decided to use it for the prototype.

The necessary electronics were purchased, and Rick and Xander put them in a basic Illy coffee can and developed a demo. After three months it actually worked the way they had envisioned it! There was a lock, a coffee can with electronics, a KPN SIMcard, a website, an app with which you could actually open the door with from a distance, receive a text message when the door opens and even the possibility to alter the rights instantly so you are able to block the door!

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The next step was to test if the prototype would work abroad since the first demo was at Salto Systems HQ in Spain. In a restaurant in Belgium, Rick convinced the waitress he had a very important meeting in the restaurant there the upcoming month, and he needed to test a technical solution. The tests turned out great, everything worked like it was supposed to. The full management team at Salto Systems welcomed Rick and Xander with open arms and they got to present the prototype in detail.

End result: Salto was in, and not just as a technology partner but as a shareholder as well!

Just one year after they decided to conquer the world of access control, Rick and Xander found themselves in their brand-new office in Amsterdam and the Clay adventure really had started.

In 2017: SALTO Systems fully acquired Clay and became the sole owner of the company. ‘Clay by SALTO’ got rebranded to ‘SALTO KS’ (SALTO Keys as a Service), saltoks.com was born and the Clay Locking Platform (today known as KS Core) was launched. Industry leaders were now able to preserve their own interface but could still enjoy the best in cloud-based access control.

2018 was the year we got to rebrand the Clay Locking Platform to KS Core and launched the KS Connect program as well as KS Custom. Today we offer large businesses and global enterprises three solutions; SALTO KS, KS Custom and KS Core, as well as an integration program with KSconnect.

As you might have noticed last year we launched the new and improved SALTO KS website, and keep improving it by showcasing how SALTO KS is being used by a variety of customers in different verticals, from coliving to coworking and retail.

All of this would not be possible without the Bricks that make up Clay, and develop the SALTO Keys as a Service product as it is today. As the Clay team behind SALTO KS, we will remain to be the brains behind the product. Follow our journey on Instagram and/or join us along the way.

The time has come to say goodbye to my-clay.com and welcome all the new key-free adventures via saltoks.com.

Please continue to follow our journey to make this world key-free by keeping an eye on the SALTO KS blog and follow us on LinkedIn.

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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 Intern Diaries: Marketing Intern Adam

Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself?

Hi, I’m Adam and for the last 6 months, I have been working at SALTO KS as a Marketing Intern. I’m 21 years old and I’m Egyptian-Austrian. I grew up in the Middle East, specifically Kuwait and Egypt. After graduating from high school 4 years ago, I made the thrilling decision to move to The Netherlands at a pretty young age. I started my bachelor program at The Haque University, studying International Business and Management. Throughout my years at university, I spent a lot of time working on marketing plans and entry strategies for both fictional and realistic scenarios. Eventually, I realized that Marketing was the career direction I wanted to pursue. Fast forward to my 7th semester and here I am, doing my marketing internship at SALTO KS!

How did you end up at Clay?

After completing my minor in Branding and Consumer Trends in Marketing, I knew I wanted to do an internship in a similar field. I started looking for internships while I was doing my Erasmus exchange semester in Vienna. I learned about SALTO KS through a friend who noticed the internship vacancy and told me about it. After looking through the SALTO KS website, I immediately decided to apply. The main thing that captured my interest in SALTO KS was the company culture. After a few rounds of interviews, I was thrilled to find out I had received the offer to work here!

“To be honest, the thing I enjoyed most about my internship was the challenge of working in this professional environment. A lot of internships consist of boring tasks that won't ignite motivation. Mine was the opposite.”
- Adam Aziz

How would you describe the company culture?

As I said earlier, the company culture here is what mainly attracted me to SALTO KS. Because of our small size of about 35 Bricks, it feels like working with all of your closest friends. Everyone is very friendly, social, and interactive. On my first day here, everyone took the time to stop by my desk and introduce themselves. What I also really like is that the office is designed to be an entertaining workspace. We have a pool table, foosball table, and table tennis! During lunch, you’ll find me at the pool table on a daily basis. Fridays are probably the nicest at the office. When it hits about 5:00 pm, the laptops switch off, the drinks come out of the fridge, and everyone gathers around for some games. Another thing I really like about the SALTO KS company culture is that we have excursions on a monthly basis. This usually consists of barbecues, dinners, or team-building activities such as rock-climbing.

What did you like most about your job?

To be honest, the thing I enjoyed most about my job was the challenge of working in this professional environment. A lot of internships consist of boring work that nobody wants to do (making coffee for everyone, make copies, do groceries). Mine was the opposite: As an intern, I felt valued at SALTO KS. I was at the centre of a global sales process, a very critical aspect of my work. Also, I really enjoyed the flexibility of my job, specifically the ability to work from home. I live in Den Haag and it takes me over an hour to commute to the office every day, so having the ability to sometimes work from home is really nice.

What was your best or worst day on the job?

My best day on the job was when I received an offer to continue working at SALTO KS part-time after my internship. I remember during the interviews 6 months ago, I was told that getting hired after the internship is a possibility depending on performance, so I had that set as my main goal all along. After receiving the offer, it felt great knowing that I was doing my job well enough for my colleagues to want and need me to stay.

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If you had a friend looking for a job, would you recommend us?

I definitely would recommend working at SALTO KS to a friend. In fact, I already have a few times. Fellow students from my university are also looking for internships and I’ve been referring them to apply here. It’s a great opportunity for anyone.

What do you believe the next step is in your profession, and how did SALTO KS help you get there?

As I mentioned earlier, my next step is to continue being a part of the SALTO KS marketing team and stay on as a part-time marketing assistant. However, I’ll also be returning to university for my final year and working on my thesis. What I’m looking forward to is that I’ll likely have my thesis sponsored by SALTO KS. Not only do I get to officially work here while studying, but I’ll also have the chance to conduct an entire thesis report about an effective business scenario for SALTO KS.

What advice would you give the next intern at SALTO KS?

You should expect to work in a rapidly growing and innovative environment. If you’re taking on an internship that isn’t technical (marketing or sales), it would definitely help to have some technical knowledge, as a big part of the SALTO KS team consists of developers.

Adam, thank you for all of your hard work. We are proud and happy to have you as a team member a little bit longer!

Read more on being an intern at SALTO KS!

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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!

IWG: Global Workplace Survey on Flexible Work

In the modern world we live in, flexible work has evolved into a highly beneficial aspect for the workforce population. The demand to have flexible work as an option in peoples’ jobs is rapidly rising. Not only are employees demanding flexible work, but business leaders are also globally encouraged to offer flexibility due to its perceptible success with their employees. The old norm of working 9 to 5 in an office cubicle is being overcome by the concept of flexibility. Employees relatively show higher levels of happiness, engagement, and productivity as a result of being able to work not just flexible hours, but also in flexible spaces. This includes working from home, cafes or libraries rather than solemnly being in the same office 24/7, five days a week.

In order to accurately calculate the statistics behind the benefits of flexible work, IWG, conducted a global workplace survey. The survey consisted of users from their numerous worldwide offices, taking into account the responses of approximately 15,000 participants across 80 countries.

Key Findings

Perhaps the most substantial findings of the survey were that an astounding 85% of respondents perceived higher productivity in their businesses as a result of implementing flexible working standards. This shows that higher efficiency can be achieved by properly stimulating flexibility. Respondents indicated that this efficiency relates to some factors such as commuting and work environments. Many employees tend to go through long commutes to get to work and often leads them towards lower productivity. Some of them describe their commutes as “the worst part of their day”. Offering them the ability to sometimes work from home or a location that is situated closer to home. Some employees feel dissatisfied when working in the same office on a daily basis. Therefore, the ability to work in different environments allows them to often feel reconciled and more motivated to work efficiently.

One of the key findings of the survey is that a global average of 77% of companies use flexible working benefits as an incentive to attract and retain talented employees. A few countries that rank amongst the highest in this global average are Australia, The Netherlands, and Canada. The previous figure correlates to a finding from respondents that 83% of people would be more inclined to choose between two job offers if one of them offers flexible working standards.

Challenges

Whilst flexible working proves to be a successful factor in increasing productivity of employees, businesses need to ensure that they properly implement this concept in order to reach that higher level of productivity. For example, providing their employees with proper equipment for remote work is a crucial aspect. Some businesses expect professional work from their employees, whilst not providing them with the professional equipment to accomplish that. This shows that by offering flexible work, a business must also invest in providing their employees the proper equipment.

Another important challenge that businesses face through flexible work is data security. It is easy to fear data breaches when working from remote locations. This raises a possible threat for some companies that then need to further implement precautions to prevent something like this from happening.

Want to read more about various concepts that redefine the workplace? Check out our previous blog post here , or read more about how IWG came to partner up with SALTO KS.

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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!

Product update: Improved Access group page

With our evolving customer base, the needs for the Access group page, on which you are able to manage your Access groups to your preference equally evolved and was demanding improvement.

Today we are happy to announce a brand-new redesigned Access group page for the SALTO KS web app that will save time and has a clearer overview of People and Locks.

First of all, what is an Access group:

An Access group is a manually created group of people that you want to provide access to. For example, if you have an office on the 2nd floor of a building you would be in an Access group that would allow you to enter the main entrance, the 2nd floor and all the locks in your office space. You might ask 24/7? That’s up to you! Creating an Access group, enables providing access to a certain group of people in a specific timeframe within seconds which is an essential functionality particularly for space operators, office managers and receptionists.

Let us walk you through the new Access group page:

Access group page overview:

On the new Access group overview page, you are able to find all your Access groups with all the information you need: Number of People, Locks and the timeframe. You are even able to search for a specific Lock or User within an Access group.

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Add/Remove people:

To make lives easier we created these two lists for a quick and clean overview of who is exactly in your Access group and who is not. Quickly choose the person/people you want to add or remove. The table on the left shows the people that are included in the Access group, the right table shows who are not. There’s a function in both tables to select all people or search for a specific person.

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Add/Remove Locks:

For the Locks, we used the same two lists for a clear overview of which Locks are in your Access group and which are not. The table on the left shows the Locks that are included in the Access group, the right table shows which Locks are not. There’s a function in both tables to select all Locks or search for a specific Lock or Locks, which can be a big time-saver in several circumstances.

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Timeframe:

Without a timeframe, people in your Access group will be denied any access. Setting up a timeframe is, therefore, an essential functionality. Per Access group you are able to set up multiple timeframes for specific circumstances, so you are always able to pick the needed timeframe for that Access group in a heartbeat.

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Customize:

All timeframes can be customized to the needs of your Access group. If you, for instance, have an Access group that some days need 24/7 access you can set up a timeframe for that and select if needed. If your Access group needs a more specific type of access, let’s say every Wednesday to Friday from 09:00 to 17:00 you are able to create a timeframe for that and select when needed.

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By redesigning the Access group page, we ensure a more fluent customer experience.

The team behind SALTO KS is working continuously to meet the needs of our customers and implement enhancement whenever we can. So if you have new requests make sure to reach out to [email protected]

Keep an eye on our blog to keep up with the latest product updates, event recaps and more.

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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!

MIPIM PropTech Europe 2019

The use of technology in the property industry is on the rise. The MIPIM PropTech Europe conference powers the real estate industry's digital transformation and is a big part of transferring PropTech knowledge on a global scale, gathering everyone who’s anyone in PropTech in Europe, NYC and Asia.

Staying up to date with the latest in PropTech is crucial for this vertical. At MIPIM PropTech Europe every participant becomes part of this exciting evolution. This is one of the reasons why the SALTO KS team visited the MIPIM PropTech Europe conference in Paris in the beautiful Le Centquatre Paris venue this year: The only international two-day event gathering key decision-makers from all sectors of real estate and technology to take their business to the next level. For two days, the KS team got to meet the industry's key decision-makers and gained valuable insights into the cutting-edge property and technology trends.

“I am excited to share how we try to align our offering with the operators of Coworking and Coliving!”
- Rick Voogt, Co-founder and MD SALTO KS

This year’s event in Europe explored how the real estate ecosystem is leveraging technology to match the expectations of users as occupiers of buildings and cities. On day one the role of PropTech in the future of buildings was addressed. On day two the future of the city was the main point of discussion. PropTech has the power to help take the real estate industry to the next level, as well as to improve the quality of life of users. Whether that is through creating a more sustainable environment and more inclusive society, or in areas such as healthcare, accessibility, affordability and work-life balance.

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#colivingmeetup After a productive first day at MIPIM PropTech EU the SALTO KS team hosted a #colivingmeetup together with Co-Liv at their booth in the afternoon for a well-deserved drink and a chat. Over twenty people from within the coliving movement attended. We were happy to see there was such a variety of people we got the chance to speak to: Known and new operators and project developers we got to chat and exchange knowledge with. All with valuable input on the latest technology in real estate and how technology can improve the customer experience flow. Thank you for everyone that showed up, it was great to meet, talk and collaborate with you!

From concept to case studies The second day at MIPIM PropTech we were excited to see that the 'from concept to case studies' talk where Rick Voogt (Co-Founder & Managing Director, Salto Systems SL / Clay Solutions B.V. ) made his appearance as an industry expert was fully booked.

After a satisfying day, the SALTO KS team joined the WeWork happy hour at LaFayette to toast to a productive and inspiring two days in the heart of Paris.

“The real estate industry is fostering technology to anticipate and meet the needs of their users. ”

It was great to be part of the 1,500 m2 of exhibition area and startup village, with our very own SALTO KS booth and having the opportunity to catch up with our partners such as Edge Technologies and Mapiq that were part of the exhibition as well. The KS team discovered old and new prominent and innovative companies and startups in the PropTech ecosystem. Among the international line-up of +100 speakers and leading names in real estate were city planners, developers, asset managers and leasing agents from companies such as Bouygues Immobilier, British Land, BNP Paribas Real Estate, BPF, Gecina, Jamestown, JLL, Paris la Défense, Woondeum, and WeWork, that discussed the needs of the end-user and how technology will help to accomplish those needs.

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Together we are changing the way we live and work! Thank you #MIPIMPropTechEU for initiating this inspiring event.

Our next event; GCUC UK in London in September: Don't miss it!

(And a big thank you to Dott scooters that saved our business trip!)

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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!