In 20021, Apple announced support for digital Wallet IDs and driver’s licenses stored in your iPhone. The feature, which is a part of iOS 15, expands the use of the Wallet app from only holding credit cards, tickets to also storing users’ IDs in a secure way.
While the expansion hasn’t caught on excluding six Hyatt hotels that support the feature, real estate development firm Silverstein Properties is now rolling out Apple Wallet office keys to tenants at the World Trade Center.
World Trade Center to replace traditional office keys with iPhone and Apple Watch
Silverstein Properties recently announced that it will be replacing traditional office keys with the iPhone and Apple Watch for the World Trade Center offices. This will make it easier for users within Apple’s ecosystem who work in the building to use their iPhone or Apple Watch as an alternative way of going in and out of the building.
Tal Kerret, President of Silverstein Properties said in a statement, “We are proud to make it easy for our employees and customers to get into our buildings, their offices, and our shared lounges, cafes, conference facilities and yoga studios using employee badge in Apple Wallet on iPhone and Apple Watch. Through our Inspire app, we can now provide and manage access to any number of buildings and spaces in a safe and secure way.”
A plus point about the feature is its flexibility for firms such as Silverstein Properties. The Apple Wallet integration will allow Silverstein to manage shared office spaces with ease since they can be given and revoked freely making it significantly easier to lease out office spaces than it would be with traditional keys. For example, management can provide access to a shared office to one customer on three days of the week and lease that same space to another customer four days of the week.
The functionality will first launch at the World Trade Center in New York City. Silverstein says it will also expand the service to its 50,000 office customers elsewhere in New York, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles over the course of the coming months.