Sign In App goes mobile

Sign In App, a rising star in the visitor management sector, has made it even easier for companies to manage the movement of their staff by adding enhanced mobile functionality to its flagship product through its newly revamped Companion App.

The software developer’s eponymous product was first launched in 2015, aimed at replacing outdated paper visitor books in company receptions with a slick, self-contained unit containing an iPad, that records the name and an image of each visitor. It is a solution that not only strengthens the physical security of a building by keeping track of all visitors in real time, but adheres to GDPR guidelines over sensitive data storage and usage.

An early iteration of Companion App was launched last year, but has undergone continuous development by Sign In App’s team of in-house software architects during the past 12 months, resulting in today’s launch.

Sign In App is keen to appeal to the growing number of companies that are embracing a more flexible way of working with this latest release, which not only allows individual employees to sign into their company’s system remotely and alert colleagues that they are available, but prompts those that are in the building to sign out whenever they leave, ensuring their safety should an emergency arise.

Chris Burton, co-founder of Sign In App, said: “Our first release of Companion App 12 months ago put each staff member's personal QR code in their pocket to help them sign in easily, but this release is a massive leap forward.

“Supporting multiple sites, staff can now sign in from their phone, and geo-fencing ensures this only happens when they're on site. It makes the signing in of staff easier than ever without sacrificing security.”

Benefits of Mobile Sign In App include:

  • Multiple site support and the ability for employees to set their own geo-fence radius from the management portal, allowing them to sign in and out of the company if cleared to do so.
  • Employees working remotely or flexibly will be able to sign in from their phone, letting colleagues immediately know when they are online.
  • Keeps track of employee working hours each week, giving management peace of mind that targets are being met, but also ensuring employees are not putting too many or too few hours in when working remotely.
  • Companion App helps with adherence and safety, prompting staff to sign out when leaving a main office location, meaning they are accounted for should an emergency arise.
Person holding an iPhone with the Sign In App companion app open

The flexible method of working is a fast-growing culture in the modern workplace, as new and existing workers realise the importance of a healthy work-life balance and are also equipped with the tools to work anywhere at any time.

A study by the Work Foundation (part of Lancaster University) called Working Anywhere, a winning formula for Good Work backed up this claim, predicting that the mobile working culture would reach a ‘tipping point’ by 2020, adopted by over 70 per cent of UK organisations.

Burton added: “The goal of Sign In App has always been to provide an up-to-date and accurate record of who's on-site at any one time. To ensure this happens, we make it easy for everyone to use and difficult to forget.

"This new functionality is not only available to new clients, but all our existing clients will now have the ability to sign in and out using the Companion App.”