Kisi is compatible with a wide variety of electric locks. If your door does not already have an electric lock installed, that’s not a problem at all! Kisi can arrange to have your doors converted to fit our lock specifications. Here’s a quick look at the door locks that work with Kisi.


Electric Strikes

An electric strike works by creating a modification to your existing door frame. It has a monitoring contact plate (see diagram below) that can swing outwards when powered to unlock. Since it only modifies the existing door frame, electric strikes are very easy to install. Also, if you have a door with the ability to lock the outer handle, you can install an electric strike on your door frame. If you already have an electric strike on your door, even better; just proceed on to install Kisi!

Diagram - Electric Strike (frame)     Diagram - Electric Strike (frame post installation)

Electric strikes can complement almost any security access system made available right now. The Kisi hardware can be wired directly from the relay inside the Kisi device to the electric strike. That way, you do not need an existing security access system to be in place in order for Kisi to be installed over it. If you do already have a security system in place, however, Kisi can run concurrently with it. There is no need to uninstall your existing system.Recommended brand: HES. They are both affordable and reliable. Any model of HES will function with

Recommended brand: HES. They are both affordable and reliable. Any model of HES will function with Kisi.


Magnetic Locks

Glass doors are a very common feature in office spaces, and Kisi works well with the magnetic locks. The electromagnetic locks are installed at the top of each glass door, and the magnet is wired to a power source. Both the magnet and power can then be wired to the Kisi hardware, along with any other security access control system already in place. Recommended brand: SchlageDiagram - Magnetic Lock (frame)


Mortise Lock

Mortise locks are usually installed on the same type of doors as with electric strikes, with one key difference: the electricity runs directly your door latch, and not the strike on door frame. So, when power is not supplied to a mortise lock, the door latch will stay put and not slide into the door, and you will not be able to push open the door. Once power is supplied, the door latch is able to move.

Diagram - Mortise Lock (parts on a lock)Diagram - Mortise Lock (frame)

If you already have an electrified mortise lock installed in your space, it will work with Kisi. If not, you will have to install an electric mortise lock before installing Kisi.

Recommended Brand: Schlage. The model of the lockset is typically determined by the current lockset on your door. All electrified versions of these locks will work with Kisi.


Panic Bars

Some industrial complexes will require you to have a panic bar installed at evacuation exits around the building. Sometimes, this panic bar is installed on your front door, which is where most people would want to create Kisi-enabled access. Since most panic bars are manually powered without any electricity, you could install a surface mounted electronic strike on your door that will allow it to swing outwards when the strike is powered.

Diagram - Surface Mounted Electric Strike (with panic bar)

However, if your panic bar is already electrically-powered, it is already possible to wire it to our Kisi hardware. It is also likely that you already have a security access control system in place, so you will want to keep that and run it on the same circuit as Kisi.


Recommended Brand: Adams Rite. Again, the model is determined more specifically by your door, but all Adams Rite electrified panic bars will work with Kisi.