Proxy (company)

Proxy (company)

A mobile application allowing its users access their office, building or apartment

Proxy is a digital identity platform that empowers people to authenticate and interact with devices in the physical world using their smartphone.

Proxy developed a mobile connected Bluetooth device intended to offer everyone their own universal identity signal. The company's device is a smartphone-powered universal identity signal that brings access and personalized experiences, provides mobile access throughout commercial buildings and at the workplace, enabling users to get easy and completely secured access.

Proxy's stated mission is to give people a unique identity signal they own and control. The signal, emitted from a smartphone, allows people to securely authenticate to any device or service, similar to a universal single-sign on for the physical world. Large enterprises like WeWork, Dropbox, and Hines use Proxy for their employees, contractors, visitors, and tenants to manage access through secured doors, elevators, and turnstiles.

Solutions

Proxy's solutions, beside enterprise applications, include commercial real estate to create secure and digital environments for tenants and visitors; for small business, for keyless access to a workplace using a smartphone; and multi-family residential applications, where residents and visitors can have a secured environment using Proxy.

Mobile Readers

Besides mobile software, Proxy develops hardware for their identity authentication and security applications, including their Mobile Reader Pro which allows electronic controls for security points, works with the mobile application of Proxy and can be integrated with existing security cards, fobs and badges.

Proxy's Mobile Reader Edge, is a smaller version of their Mobile Reader Pro, designed to be set up at the edge of a door with a lower power requirement than the Mobile Reader Pro to make wiring to harder-to-reach areas easier.

And Proxy develops their Mobile Reader Nano which is intended to be installed in existing access locations, such as turnstiles, elevator panels, vending machines and copiers or printers. This allows companies to retain existing readers and controllers while using Proxy's system.

All of Proxy's access solutions offer multiple options for how people interact with them, either requiring a phone "tap-in" where users can wave their phone nearby the reader. A watch "tap-in" where users can wave their connected watch or push a notification on the watch's screen to sign in. A "hands-free" application where users can walk and the door will unlock with proximity. And Biometric sign in, where the panel will require FaceID or TouchID sign-in for extra security.

Software

Proxy's Identity Signal software is available on iOS and Android and allows users to create their digital identity signal. The Identity Signal allows users to enter Proxy-enabled spaces when they are connected and given access.

The Mobile Access Manager allows Proxy users to enable or disable access and access levels through the Proxy readers. Through the software, users can see access points, manage who can use them, and schedule times when doors and windows enabled with Proxy can be used. The Mobile Access Manager also allows users to create guest and visitor access and can give visitors a virtual ID card.

And Proxy's Mobile Access Connector allows users to integrate Proxy's software with existing physical access control systems at any scale to allow an easier integration of Proxy's identity management system.

Timeline

Funding rounds

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Funding round date
Investment
Proxy (company) funding round, August 2016
Seed round
1,600,000
August 22, 2016
Blackbird Ventures
Proxy funding round, March 2019
Series A round
13,600,000
March 2019
Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
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Andrew Tam

Principal Electrical Engineer

Andrew Tam

Employee

Anne Jacobsen

Employee

Anne Jacobsen

Employee

Aston Motes

Investor

Ben Gumbiner

Employee

Benjamin Vivo-Wachter

Employee

Benjamin Vivo-Watcher

Employee

Craig Schmitz

Attorney

Dane Patterson

Attorney

Denis Mars

CEO

Denis Mars

Investor

Doug Camplejohn

Investor

Ismael Henchi

Software Engineer

Ismael Henchi

Employee

Jordan Crasilneck

Employee

Kenny Tucker

Head of Business Operations

Kenny Tucker

Employee

Lance Cohen

Lead Firmware Engineer

Lance Cohen

Employee

Mike Firmage

Investor

Nick Alexander

Investor

Renee Mars

Employee

Renee Mars

Employee

Rick Morrison

Investor

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Josh Constine
March 27, 2019
TechCrunch
You know how kings used to have trumpeters heralding their arrival wherever they went? Proxy wants to do that with Bluetooth. The startup lets you instantly unlock office doors and reserve meeting rooms using Bluetooth Low Energy signal. You never even have to pull out your phone or open an app. Bu...

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