Posted on 19th of August, 2020

Bencom Group


Founded in 1998 by Ben Woldring at the age of 13, the Bencom Group has grown into a thriving company with 55 employees and nine comparison sites spread over two locations (in Groningen and Voorthuizen).

The Bencom Group provides consumers, institutions and companies with independent and objective information about the services and rates in the field of telecom, internet, digital television, energy, insurance and hotel stays.

The situation

Within the Bencom Group, a lot of administrative work was lost to mechanical keys. For example, when new employees were hired or keys got lost. SALTO Systems was already a well-known phenomenon due to frequent hotel visits where a SALTO Systems solution was used. In 2009 and 2010 The Bencom Group already invested a lot of energy into injecting everything in the cloud, including their servers and financial accounting. Therefore they have established themselves as a pioneer in the field of cloud use. When a befriended company in Groningen installed SALTO KS, the Bencom Group was triggered to request a quote, because if you store everything in the cloud, why not your access control?

After the quote was approved, "Uw Deurregisseur" van Klunder supervised the installation. This specialist in access control technology guarantees reliable advice and the best delivery and installation of doors for more than 35 years now and is specialized in techniques such as door automation and access control systems. With 24/7 service in maintenance and repair, Uw Deurregisseur has proven to be the perfect service partner for the Bencom Group.

“Employees solely use their Digital Key. They even prefer to use their v Keys at home!”

"Bring outside inside"

Transforming the office of the Bencom Group into sustainable and "smart" has been a desire for some time, with the health of the employees and energy saving as the main reasons. The outbreak of the COVID-19 virus was obviously horrific for everyone, but an opportunity to finally make this wish come true. With the motto 'Bring outside inside', the Bencom Group has worked hard to make the office as sustainable and smart as possible. From the floor and the measurement of CO2 levels to the door handle: the entire office is equipped with smart solutions.

The Digital Key functionality of SALTO KS fits perfectly in this picture of a ‘smart office’: opening locks with your phone (via the app or widget). If you can control your thermostat with your phone, why not your locks? As a result, all locks (currently 20 pieces) that were installed 2 or 3 years ago have been replaced by the XS4 One locks that are Digital Key compatible and have an antimicrobial BioCote coating.

There are many advantages of using SALTO KS for the Bencom Group:

  • Digital key: Open doors with your mobile phone (iOS & Android)

  • BioCote coating: reduces the number of microbes up to 99.99%

  • Easy (remote) access for the cleaning team and/or installers to enter the office

  • The office manager is responsible for user administration, which is more efficient than handing out mechanical keys (easy to block/remove or add users)

  • An open API: SALTO KS does not have a closed platform, so it is possible to integrate with the API and use the desired software

  • Event logging: Insight into who has been in which room and when

The future

Getting all smart solutions to "talk" to each other enabled by integration with the API is certainly a priority as a next step. Integrated with as the energy comparator of the Bencom Group, it can make the office more environmentally friendly by more efficient use of energy. By letting the systems talk to each other, it is possible to adjust the thermostat in the office in response to the weather forecast that is picked up by the home assistant, for example. Is your office cold in the morning but warm in the afternoon? The thermostat will automatically go down one or two degrees when the office heats up gradually by the sun. Thanks to the integration with SALTO KS you could even see which rooms are not being used that day so that the thermostat and ventilation will turn off in those areas automatically.

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!

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