Acquisition enhances Yardi’s contactless access capability

Contactless access has become a priority as office occupiers strive to create Covid-free environments for their staff and visitors. Now investment and property management software specialist Yardi has enhanced its abilities in this area with the acquisition of We Are Forge, a Bristol-based software firm.

We Are Forge specialises in visitor management and smart access control for offices, shops, industrial buildings, flexible workspace and the education sector.

The company’s Forge Bluepoint product enables contactless smart access and is a cloud-based visitor management product used in many office buildings in London and which integrates with other building technology such as meeting room access, lifts and car parking.

According to Yardi, Forge Bluepoint is ready used across 22 million sq ft (2 million sq m) of property in the UK by companies including Landsec, HB Reavis, John Lewis and Partners, CBRE and Savills.