Startup SafePass Profile

By Dan Gelinas, Published on Oct 19, 2018

A major problem with visitor management is that the systems mostly require adhesive printed paper labels and paper logs, creating waste and an ongoing expense.

SafePass, a small (under 12 employees) privately-held, Houston-based 2016 startup that specializes in visitor management,  says their technology fills a need and does so in a completely novel way. IPVM mentioned SafePass as an emerging technology in early 2018 (see: 30+ Emerging Tech Companies Examined). This video from the company's YouTube channel discusses what the company says differentiates it from others:

 

Further, SafePass says the innovations are just starting and there is lots more to come.

Inside this note we will discuss:

  • Where SafePass Came From
  • Its Patent-Pending Technology and Algorithms
  • Pricing
  • Channel Strategy
  • Attendance at ISC East & West
  • How the Solution Works
  • Badges
  • Visitor Management System
  • System Employee App
  • Future Roadmap
  • Compared to Other Options
  • Potential Problem

Where ******** **** ****

*** **** [**** ** longer *********] ** ******** Director *** ******* ** visitor ********** ******** ************, SafePass. ** **** **** the ******* ** *** SafePass ****** ***** *** roots ** *** **** to ***** ******** **** they ***** *** *********.

*** ******** **** *** as * ******** ** track ***** ******** *** located **** **** ***** the *********. ** **** shifted ** ******** ******** at *******. **********, ** landed ** *** **** to ***** ********* ********. After *** ***** ** research ** **** ** realize **** *** **** to ***** ******** *********** and ********** *** ****** been ** *****, *** no ***’* **** **** to ****** *** *** to ** ** ** the **** ***. ********* the ***********, *********** ** a ******* ***** ******* with ****-**** ******** ******** is ********* *** ****** didn’t **** **** ******, but *** ****** *** understanding *** **** ***** SafePass ********.

**** **** ******** ** still ** *********** *** is ******* ** *** wide ******* ** ** 2019.

Patent-Pending **********

*** ******* *** * few *******, *********** *** ***** ******, *** ****** *** ** ******* technology:

**'** ******** * ****** of ********* ** *** patents **** *** ** Patent *** ******** ******. We **** **** ********* a *** *********** *** international ****** **********. 

*******

*** ******** ****** **** be ******, ********* ** Huff. ** **** **** that *********** *** ****/******/******* badges ** ******** ** up ** *% ** the *********' ***** ***** *** year. 

*** **** ** * lease ***** ** $**/*****/***** for * *** **** lease. ***** *** *****, we'll ******* **** *****. If * ***** ** lost ** ******* ** stolen, **'** ******* ** to *% *** ****. 

**** **** **** *** $12/badge/month ******* *** ******** algorithm ********, ***** **** wrote. *** ******* ********** backend ******** ** $***/***** and *** **** ******* by ********' *** ******** developers.

Channel ********

*** ******** **** **** to ****** ** * variety ** ****, ********* to ****. **** *** looking ** **** ******* the ****** ******* *** distribution ** **** ***** but **** ** ******** to *** *** **** depending ** *** **** of *** ********.

** *** ******* ** a ****** **-**-****** ********. Both ****** ** ******** and ***********, ***** ** end-user ******* ****. ** have ******** *** **** the ***** *** *** currently ******* ** *** international *********** *******.

Attendance ** *** **** & ****

******** *** ** **** ISC **** ** ****, where *** ********** ******* and **** *** **** 2018. 

**** **** *** ******* was ** *********** ********** **** ** ISC ******* *** ***** ****** paid *** *** **** with ******** ** *****:

** ********* *** ****** at *** **** **** with *** **** ********** and **** ** **** 2018 ** ******* *** production *******. ** ****** up **** ********* ** West *** ********* ****** 500 ***** ***** ** were ** *** ******** Technology ****. ****** **** bringing ***** ********** **** to *** ***** **********. Several ** *** *********** found *** ****** ***-**** companies. ** *** * real *** *** **.

**** **** ******** ***** return ** **** ** November *** **** *** shows ***** ** ****.

How *** ******** *****

*** ******** ******** ** a ************ *****, ***** ** comprised ** ** **** running *** ************ ********, which **** *** ******'* ****** and ******** ****** *********** ** "********** *** *****-** process," ** ** **** in **** ******* **** the ******** ******** [**** no ****** *********]:

******** **** ** ***** badge **** ******** ********* at *****-** ***** ****** the ****** ** * 20-badge ******** ****.

******

******** **** ************ *** badges. **** *** ** alloy ************ *** **** on******* ***** *******. *** image ********* *** *******'* ******* shows *** ****** ** their ******** ****:

**** **** *** ******** of *** ****** ******* were ****, ********* **** battery ****:

* ****** * *********** display **********, *** ******* the *&* *******, ** landed ** ****** ******* it *****’* ******* * battery ** ******** ** image, ** ** **** battery *** *** *** internal **********. ** *** get ** ** * 24 **** ******* **** per **** ******, ******* the ****** **** ******* on ***. ** ******* is ****** ****** *** day, **’** ***** *** battery ******, *** ** they’re ******* ** * meeting *** ***, ** will *** **** *******.

*** ****** *** ********* via *** ********'* **-** infrastructure *** *** *****'* position ** ********* *** the ******** ** * digital ********* ** *** Visitor ********** ********. *** video ***** ************ **** functionality:

** ******** ** ***** trackable, *** ****** ****** the ******** ** **** geofences ****** ***** **** are *** ******. ** the ******* ****** *** or *** ****** ****, a **** ************ ***** the ******* ** ****** to ***** ********** **** and *** **** **** notifications ** *** **** and ****** ********.

*** ****** **** **** a *******, ************ **.** MHz **** *** ******* so *** ***** ****** can ** **** ** a ***** ********** *** smart *******, ***, ****** SafePass *** *** ******** a ******** *** *** for *** ********** ****** control *******, *** ****** architecture ** ***** ******** with ****** ************ ** mind, **** ****.

Visitor ********** ******

*** ******* ********** ****** was ******* **-***** *** is ****** ** *** cloud.

System ******** ***

*** ****** *** ** app **** ****** ********* to ******* **** ********* in *** ******* ********** system. **** **** *** app **** *** **** usage:

*** *** *** ** downloaded ** ** ****** for *********. **** *** invite ******** ******* *** app, *** *** ******** of ***** ********, *** approvers *** ******* ** deny ********. ***** ** a *** ** **** functionality **** *** ** done ******* *** ****** app.

Future *******

**** **** ******** ** finalizing *** **** ******* now *** ******* * will ***** *** **** release ** ********* ** Q1 ****. ** **** that ****** ******** *** planned ** ******* *** features, **** ******** **********:

**'** ******** ** **** versions * *** *. The ****** ******* ************ will ** ******* *, with ******** **********, ******** employees ** *** ***** phones ** ****** *****.

Comparison ** ***** *******

**** **** ***** ** no *** **** ** the ****** **** ** doing **** ******** ****, the *** **** ** it, *** **** ***** not **** *** ***** company **** ******** ******* badges. ***** ***, ** course, ***** ******* ********** systems **** *** *** more ************ *******, ********** badges **** *** ********* options **** ********* *** ILobby:

 

 

********* $*,*** *** **** cost *** *** ******** with ********* ***** *** badge ******

 

****** ~ $*,***/**** **** recurring ***** *** ***** blanks

**** ***** **** ********* costs ** ***** ****** and **** *** ************* as * ********** *** the ******* ** ** tracked ** ******** ****** the ********.

******** ***** ** $*,***/**** for *** ******* ********** Platform *** $*,***/**** *** the ******** ******* ******. A ***** ** $*,***/****. 

*******, *** ******** ******** offers ******* ****** *** security **** ********* ****** that ****** ** ********* credentials. **** *** **** reusable ** ***** ** no ********* ***** ***** cost. *** ****** **** have * ******-*** **** that *** ****** ** enterprise-level ********* ******* *** something **** ******* **** than ******* ********.

Potential *******

*** ******* *** ******** may **** ** **** it **** ****** ****** more ** ****** ************ who **** * **** point ** ******* **********. Small ** ******-***** ********** that ** *** **** many ******** **** ****** not ** ***** ** pay * ******* *** a ****-**** ******* ********** solution **** ******* ******** or ******** ********* **** done *** *** **** up ***** ***.

 

Comments (5)

I think this is very cool and would solve many of our visitor management issues.  The few things I would be worried about is how many badges we would need to cover our buildings and campuses.  Training on yet another platform and software that doesn't integrate with any of our other programs.  We also have visitors that may be around for up to a week and it would be a pain to collect them and hand them out daily. 

Probably more but those are the ones I can think of off the bat.

I am curious what exactly the customer needs for wifi infrastructure to support this. For example, I don't think someone with just a couple of low-end wifi bridges as access points would be able to achieve the tracking part, but I'm not sure. The wifi tracking just seems a little hand-wavy and dependent on something that is far from a universal platform across enterprises, but maybe it is easier than it seems?

Hello U1. You bring up a valid point, which I passed on to SafePass' founder. He admits that the site may need to bolster their IT infrastructure if it doesn't provide adequate coverage:

Additional Wi-Fi routers/extenders may need to be installed to increase Wi-Fi location tracking accuracy, if the facility Wi-Fi coverage does not meet industry standard/norm.

He also provided a couple links that he passes on to let customers know what he means by "industry standard/norm."

https://www.accessagility.com/blog/how-to-estimate-number-of-access-points-needed

https://support.ekahau.com/hc/en-us/articles/115004909187-Defining-Network-Requirements

Accurate tracking via Wi-Fi is not straightforward. Most infrastructures are not up to providing more than "presence" information rather than accuracy down to say 5 metres. In order to get accurate results you may have to invest in a substantial number of additional access points (not WiFi 'routers' or 'extenders' which are generally only found in residential/SOHO environments). 

One day battery life seems really poor. Compare this with Active RFID WiFi tags that can last up to 4 years on a single battery.  OK  these don't have displays but how much power does epaper take?

I think this is an excellent product. However, I think the main hurdle is trying to sell the customer on the recurring monthly cost. I admit to being totally dead wrong, but i see that being a major deal killer.

The paper system is cumbersome obviously, but i just dont see people paying this much more each month to get rid of the pain of the paper. The cost/benefit analysis doesnt work out for me in this scenario.

Read this IPVM report for free.

This article is part of IPVM's 6,599 reports, 889 tests and is only available to members. To get a one-time preview of our work, enter your work email to access the full article.

Already a member? Login here | Join now

Related Reports

US Startup Fever Inspect Examined on Aug 03, 2020
Undoubtedly late to fever cameras, this US company, Fever Inspect, led by a...
Startup Vaion Presents End-to-End Cloud Managed Video Surveillance on Aug 20, 2020
Vaion presented its end-to-end cloud managed video surveillance offering at...
AHJ / Authority Having Jurisdiction Tutorial on Aug 06, 2020
One of the most powerful yet often underappreciated characters in all...
Startup Visual One Presents Object Detection and Smart Search on Aug 26, 2020
Visual One, a Y Combinator backed startup led by a PhD in machine learning...
Startup Monitoreal Presents Home Object Detection AI on Aug 24, 2020
Monitoreal presented its on-premise only object detection AI at the 2020 IPVM...
Startup Actuate Presents AI Threat Detection on Aug 18, 2020
Actuate presented its AI threat detection offering at the 2020 IPVM Startups...
Ava / Vaion Releases Cloud Connected IP Cameras, Verkada Competitor on Oct 01, 2020
Ava (formerly Vaion) announced its new direct-to-cloud AVA Aware IP cameras...
FaceFirst Problems And Layoff on Oct 01, 2020
FaceFirst, a US company and one of the oldest ongoing facial recognition...
Verkada Access Control Tested on Sep 09, 2020
Verkada raised $80 million earlier in 2020, expanding from video into access...
OnTech Smart Services Partners With Google and Amazon To Compete With Integrators on Sep 25, 2020
A pain point for many homeowners to use consumer security and surveillance is...
Access Visitor Management Systems Guide on Jul 22, 2020
"Who are you, and why are you here?" Facilities that implement Visitor...
Defendry Presents AI Active Shooter Security System on Jul 14, 2020
Defendry presented its Active Shooter security system at the May 2020 IPVM...
Injes Tiny Temperature Terminal Tested on Jul 17, 2020
While temperature terminals have trended bigger, the Injes DFace801 is...
Vape Detection Legal Battle: Soter Sues IPVideo Corp on Jul 22, 2020
The crosstown vape detection rivals are now in a legal battle. While IPVideo...
The Next Hot Fever Detection Trend - $100 Wall-Mounted Units on Jul 06, 2020
The first wave of the booming fever detecting market was $10,000+ cameras,...

Recent Reports

Bedside Cough and Sneeze Detector (Sound Intelligence and CLB) on Oct 28, 2020
Coronavirus has increased interest in detecting symptoms such as fever and...
Fever Tablet Thermal Sensors Examined (Melexis) on Oct 28, 2020
Fever tablet suppliers heavily rely on the accuracy and specs of...
Verkada Fires 3 on Oct 28, 2020
Verkada has fired three employees over an incident where female colleagues...
Recruiters Online Show LIVE Thursday! on Oct 27, 2020
IPVM's 7th online show resumes Thursday with 12 recruiters presenting...
Eagle Eye Networks Raises $40 Million on Oct 27, 2020
Eagle Eye has raised $40 million aiming to "reinvent video...
Hikvision Q3 2020 Global Revenue Rises, US Revenue Falls on Oct 27, 2020
While Hikvision's global revenue rises driven by domestic recovery, its US...
VICE Investigates Verkada's Harassing "RawVerkadawgz" on Oct 26, 2020
This month, IPVM investigated Verkada's sexism, discrimination, and cultural...
Six Flags' FDA Violating Outdoor Dahua Fever Cameras on Oct 26, 2020
As Six Flags scrambled to reopen parks amid plummeting revenues caused by the...
ISC Brasil Digital Experience 2020 Report on Oct 23, 2020
ISC Brasil 2020 rebranded itself to ISC Digital Experience and, like its...
Top Video Surveillance Service Call Problems 2020 on Oct 23, 2020
3 primary and 4 secondary issues stood out as causing the most problems when...
GDPR Impact On Temperature / Fever Screening Explained on Oct 22, 2020
What impact does GDPR have on temperature screening? Do you risk a GDPR fine...
Security And Safety Things (S&ST) Tested on Oct 22, 2020
S&ST, a Bosch spinout, is spending tens of millions of dollars aiming to...
Nokia Fever Screening Claims To "Advance Fight Against COVID-19" on Oct 22, 2020
First IBM, then briefly Clorox, and now Nokia becomes the latest Fortune 500...
Deceptive Meridian Temperature Tablets Endanger Public Safety on Oct 21, 2020
IPVM's testing of and investigation into Meridian Kiosk's temperature...
Honeywell 30 Series and Vivotek NVRs Tested on Oct 21, 2020
The NDAA ban has driven many users to look for low-cost NVRs not made by...