Configure and Manage Visitors – Administrators

The Appspace Visitor Management system enables employees using the Appspace Space Reservation system to configure visitor and check-in information for events with the new Visitors module in the Appspace console, allowing you to then invite external users (visitors) to a meeting or event held in your company using the Appspace Employee App. These visitors could be an employee from another facility/division/subsidiary within your company or other corporate entities from outside the company

Configure the Appspace Visitor Management System to allow your visitors to self-check-in for events using Appspace visitor kiosks.

Personas

There are 4 key personas involved in the operation of the Visitor Management solution:

  • Administrator – An Appspace user responsible for setting up the Visitors system, administering visitor and system behavior, setting up the kiosk, and configuring interfaces with any external systems (calendars, watchlists, printing services, etc.).
  • Host – An employee or administrator in an organization (an Appspace user), who initiates any visitor activity by inviting an external user to an event/meeting via the Appspace Employee App. Once an employee sends an invitation, they automatically become the event/meeting host.
  • Facilitator – An employee or administrator in an organization (an Appspace user), who will be the initial point of contact for visitors, and who will typically be tasked with managing and facilitating the registration or badge printing for all visitors scheduled to enter the facility and attend the event.
  • Visitor – a visitor to the facility who has received an invitation from the event/meeting host. We also accept drop-in visitors who do not have a prior invitation on some occasions. Visitors must complete registration activities (if available) before attending the event/meeting. These visitors do not need to be an Appspace user.

Workflows

The following describes the key workflows in a Visitor Management system:

  1. ConfigurationAdministrators configure the Appspace Reservation and Visitor Management systems, and define integrations with 3rd party systems (calendars, watchlists, printing services, etc.) to enable the Visitor Management functionality.
  2. InvitationHosts initiate the visitor invitation as part of a meeting/event reservation activity. We introduce a new permission-controlled, interactive visitor dashboard within the Employee App (Visitor tab), with access to some of the visitor management functions.
  3. Registration Visitors receive the invitation and are notified of any registration tasks that need to be completed via a portal. Both the host and the visitor will have visibility of the completed registration tasks. 
  4. Registration/Check-In
    • the Visitor Kiosk card will be deployed to kiosk devices and used for self-guided visitor registration and check-in at the event facility.
    • the Facilitator will be the initial point of contact for visitors on-site, with a complete view of all upcoming events and visitor details. Facilitators will help visitors verify the Registration activities have been completed, and help with the check-in processes on-site if needed.
    • if the Visitor has not completed the Registration tasks, the visitor may complete them on-site and then proceed to check-in.
    • Visitors must check-in for the event on-site, and complete any last-minute tasks (such as ID confirmation, badge printing, etc.) at the kiosk.
    • the Host is automatically notified upon completion of the check-in process by visitors to the event. 

Features & Functions

The following lists the main features and functions in the Appspace Visitor Management system:

  • Host & Visitor Invitation Features
    • Invite visitors to a room, space, or building.
    • Configurable registration workflows for admins, hosts, and visitors.
    • Calendar and email reminders for all visitor registration checkpoints.
    • Visitor check-in notifications to email and enterprise messaging apps.
    • Visitor registration activity completion notifications.
    • Manual registration of drop-in visitors for last-minute events.
  • Visitor Registration & Check-in Features
    • Submit registration information in advance.
    • Submit a photo for visual verification in advance.
    • Calendar and email reminders for the completion of registration items.
    • Auto-filling of information for returning visitors.
    • Option for on-site self-guided registration and check-in.
    • Option to complete end-to-end registration on-site without registration.
  • Administrator & Facilitator Dashboard Features
    • Access to all admin functions in a separate admin console.
    • Calendar and list view of expected visitors and historic records of past visitors.
    • Review visitor details including, but not limited to: Name and contact details, company, host, date, time, duration, photo, and much more.
    • Option to enable/disable touchless check-ins and manually check-in visitors.
  • System Configuration & Administration
    • Access to visitor registration through a downloadable app/client.
    • Configure, enable, and disable required registration fields.
    • Native integration with Appspace Space Reservation system.
    • Support for SSO and IdP.
  • Roles & License Requirements:
    • Administrator – User assigned with Account Owner or Location Admin role, and an Appspace Platform user license. To access the Employee App a Premium user license is required.
    • Host & Facilitator – Hosts and facilitators will use the Appspace Employee App to invite visitors and to review and check-in visitors. The Employee App requires Premium user licenses.
    • Kiosk – Devices running the Visitor Kiosk card for the self-service check-in will require a standard device license.
  • Notifications
    • Once a visitor has completed registration details, the visitor’s event status becomes confirmed. Visitors will be notified via email.
    • Hosts will be notified via email and their configured enterprise messaging app, when a visitor:
      • Accepts, Declines, or responds Maybe to an invitation.
      • completes registration details and is confirmed for their visit.
      • checks out onsite.

This article provides administrators with the instructions to configure the Appspace Visitor Management System with the Visitors module in the console, to allow your visitors to self-check-in for events using Appspace visitor kiosks:

Important

Prerequisites

  • Appspace 8.1-ac.25 and later.
  • An active Appspace public/private cloud account.
  • The Space Reservations system configured with buildings, locations, resources, and a booking calendar provider.
  • Account Owner or Location Admin role, with an Appspace Platform user license to configure the Visitors system.
  • To access the Appspace Employee App, a Premium user license is required.

Additional Equipment Requirements:

  • Camera – QR Code functionality for touchless check-ins, check-outs, and also visitor photo capture requires devices that are supported by the Appspace Card Library.
  • Printing – If badge printing is required, please ensure a supported printer is connected to the visitor kiosk, or to the device the facilitator dashboard is displayed on.
    Important
    In this release, only the following devices support the following features:

    • Visitor photo capture is currently only supported on iOS 15 devices.
    • Visitor badge printing is currently only supported on Brother QL Series printers.
  • Device Property – Configure the Android or iOS devices with the following device property if Visitor badge printing is enabled:
    • Property: device.printer.options
    • Value: {“printer”:”ipp://<printer ip>/ipp/print”}
      or
      Value: {“printer”:”ipp://<printer ip>/ipp/print” , “paper” :{“length” : “6cm”}
      The paper length property indicates how long the paper until it gets cut off on a roll printer. If it is not specified, it is set to 10cm as default value.

Enable Visitor Management

  1. Log in to the Appspace console.
  2. Click Reservations from the ☰ Appspace menu, and click the Settings > General tab.
  3. Select Visitors from the Supported Reservation Types drop-down menu to enable the Visitor Management system.

Configure Building Resources for Visitors in Reservations

Follow the instructions below to ensure the resource accepts visitor invitations:

  1. Log in to the Appspace console.
  2. Click Reservations from the ☰ Appspace menu, and click the Resources tab. 
  3. Click the ellipsis of the building resource you wish to allow Visitor Reservations, and select Edit.
  4. In the Building Resource window, ensure the following settings and constraints are added:
    • In the General tab, ensure the following settings are made:
      • Reservable – Select User can reserve this resource from the drop-down menu.
    • In the Rules tab, click the + Add Rule button to add the following constraints:
      • Allow Visitor Reservations
        • Category – Select Constraint from the drop-down menu.
        • Type – Select Allow visitor reservations from the drop-down menu.
        • Allow Visitor Reservations – Slide the toggle to YES.
      • Allow Visitor Drop-In
        • Category – Select Constraint from the drop-down menu.
        • Type – Select Allow visitor drop-in from the drop-down menu.
        • Allow Visitor Drop-in – Slide the toggle to YES.
        • Require Confirmation By – Select the roles responsible to confirm drop-in visitors from the drop-down menu. You may select Host, Facilitator, or both Hosts or Facilitator.
        • Timeout After – Select the timeout duration for the drop-in visit confirmation. Defaulted at 30 mins.
        • Timeout Action – Select the action in the event the drop-in request is not confirmed within the timeout duration. Defaulted at None (no action taken). Selecting Cancel automatically cancels the drop-in request after the timeout duration.

Manage Visitors and Invitations

Send Visitor Invitations

Follow the instructions to send a visitor invitation as an Administrator via the Appspace console:

  1. Log in to the Appspace console.
  2. Click Visitors from the ☰ Appspace menu, and click the Visitors tab.
  3. Click the +INVITE button to create a visitor invitation.
  4. In the Invite Visitors window, enter the following information:

    • Email
    • First Name, Last Name
    • Visitor TypeSelect if the visitor is a Contractor, Delivery Personnel, Family Member, Business Guest, New Hire, or Other from the dropdown menu.
    • + Add Another – Optionally, you may add an additional visitor using the same visitor invitation.
    • LocationSelect the building location of the visit.
    • Date/TimeSelect the duration of the visit.
      • Start Date / Time
      • End Date / Time
      • Timezone
      • All dayIf the invitation is for an all day visit, slide the toggle to enable.
    • Visitor PurposeSelect the purpose of the visit by the visitor, such as for a Business Meeting, or a Job Interview.
    • HostSelect the Host if other than you.
    • Notes
  5. Once done, click Send Invites.

Confirm Visitor Invitation via Drop-In Request

Follow the instructions to confirm the visitor invitation via drop-in request as an administrator or facilitator via the Appspace console:

  1. Log in to the Appspace console.
  2. Click Visitors from the ☰ Appspace menu, and click the Visitors tab.
  3. Click the ellipsis of the visitor’s name you received the drop-in request notification from, and click Preview.
  4. Click the Confirm Drop-in Request button to confirm the visitor’s request, which will notify and send an invite to the visitor. You may also deny the drop-in request, which will reject the drop-in request and notify the visitor. 

Create Visitor Profiles

Follow the instructions below to create visitor profiles.

  1. Log in to the Appspace console.
  2. Click Visitors from the ☰ Appspace menu, and click the Visitors tab.
  3. Click the + INVITE button drop-down, and select + Create Visitor.
  4. In the Create Visitor window, enter the following visitor information:

    • First Name
    • Last Name
    • Email
    • Visitor TypeSelect if the visitor is a Contractor, Delivery Personnel, Family Member, Business Guest, New Hire, or Other from the dropdown menu.
    • PhotoTake a photo, or upload an image of the visitor from the device. This field is optional.
  5. Click Save to create the visitor profile in the Visitor Directory.

Manage Visitor Profiles

Follow the instructions below to manage visitor profiles.

  1. Log in to the Appspace console.
  2. Click Visitors from the ☰ Appspace menu, and click the Visitors tab.
  3. Click the Visitor Directory tab from the side panel, and select or search for the visitor you wish to edit.
  4. Click the ellipsis, and select Edit.
  5. Make the necessary changes to the Visitor profile, and click Save once done.

Configure Visitor Settings

Configure the Visitor Registration Form

Visitor Management configurations can only be performed by Appspace administrators; a user with Account Owner or Location Admin permissions.

Follow the instructions below to configure the Visitor Registration Form that will be sent when inviting visitors:

  1. Log in to the Appspace console.
  2. Click Visitors from the ☰ Appspace menu, and click the Settings tab.
  3. Click the Registration tab from the side panel to configure the Visitor Registration form.
  4. The following system fields displayed are used as the default Visitor Registration form base, thus cannot be deleted or re-ordered:

    • First Name – Required, to be filled by the Host
    • Last Name – Required, to be filled by the Host
    • Email – Required, to be filled by the Host
    • Visitor Type – Required, to be filled by the Host
    • Photo – Optional, to be filled by the Visitor
  5. To further customize the Visitor registration form to include other visitor registration details, click the +ADD button.
  6. In the Add Field window, enter the following information:
    Note
    Fields may be configured to be displayed or restricted based on the following visitor criteria:
    • Applies To
    • Location
    • Visitor Type
    • Required Completion

    • Display Name – Enter the field name to be displayed.
    • Applies To – Select if the field is to be filled by the Visitor, Host, or Admin.
    • Location – Select the location this field will be displayed in.
    • Visitor Types – Select the visitor type this field will be displayed to.
    • Required Completion – Select the platform this field is required to be completed by the visitor.
      • Any – Both the Visitor Portal site and on-site at the Visitor Kiosk.
      • At Visitor Portal – On the Visitor Portal site.
      • On Site – On the Visitor Kiosk.
    • Icon – Select an icon as a graphical representation of the field.
    • Input Type – Select the input field type. Additional fields may appear depending on the selected Input Type:
      • Short answer or Paragraph
        • Placeholder
        • Maximum Length
        • Minimum Length
      • Checkboxes, Dropdown, or Multiple choice
        • Options
        • Placeholder
      • Address or Phone number
    • Required – Switch the toggle to YES to ensure the field must be filled, and NO to make it optional.
  7. Once done, click Save.
  8. The recently added custom field will be displayed, and can be reordered either by entering the order number in the numeric box, or by dragging and dropping the field within the list.
  9. Click the custom field ellipsis to either Edit or Delete the custom field.

Assign Visitor Management Facilitators

Visitor Management configurations can only be performed by Appspace administrators; a user with Account Owner or Location Admin permissions.

Follow the instructions below to assign users or user groups as Facilitator that will manage visitors check-ins and invitations:

  1. Log in to the Appspace console.
  2. Click Visitors from the ☰ Appspace menu, and click the Settings tab.
  3. Click the Facilitator tab from the side panel to assign users or user groups as facilitators.
  4. Click the +ADD button, and in the Add Facilitator window, enter the following information:

    • User – Enter the user name or user group of the facilitators.
    • Location – Select the location of the facilitator.
    • Permissions – Select the permissions to be granted to the facilitator.
      • Check-in / Check-out Visitor
      • Edit Invite
      • Edit Visitor Info
  5. Once done, click Save.

Configure Visitor Management Notifications

Follow the instructions below to configure the notifications that will be sent to both Visitor and Host via email:

  1. Log in to the Appspace console.
  2. Click Visitors from the ☰ Appspace menu, and click the Settings tab.
  3. Click the Notifications tab from the side panel to configure the email notifications that are sent to both visitors and hosts.
  4. Slide the Enable Email Notifications toggle to ON to enable visitor notifications.
  5. Proceed to configure the following visitor notification fields:
    • Sender Display Name – Enter the name you wish displayed as the sender name when sending out the email notification.
    • Logo – Upload or select a logo from the library to be added as the logo for the email notification.
    • Accent Color – Select the accent color from the color picker to match your organization’s branding theme.
    • Additional Text – Additional text such as important notices can be included within the notification by entering the text to be displayed in the Additional Text editor, and selecting the alignment of where the text is displayed from the drop-down menu.
  6. Once done, click Save.

Configure Visitor Kiosks

Organizations wanting to utilize a self-service visitor kiosk in their buildings can configure their devices to display our Visitor Kiosk card. This allows visitors that have received invitations to self check-in via QR code or a 6-digit unique code, or use the visitor drop-in feature to create on-the-spot invitations.

Below is a workflow to display the Visitor Kiosk card on kiosks device that would be placed at entry points within your organization.

  1. Log in to the Appspace console.
  2. Create the Visitor Kiosk card by following the instructions in the Cards: Display Visitor Kiosk article.
  3. Assign the Visitor Kiosk card to a playlist channel by following the instructions in the Create a Playlist Channel article.
  4. Register or enable Appspace App on the kiosk device.
    In the Channel selection mode field in step 6 of the registration process, select the following option only:
      • Administrators can select a single channel – assign the playlist channel with the Visitor Kiosk card from step 3 above to the kiosk device.

View Visitor Management Analytics

In the Visitors module, click the Analytics tab. You will be able to view statistical data of all the visitor invitations that have been made using the Appspace Employee App either via the portal or your mobile app, or from the Visitor Kiosk card. Prior to the deployment of your visitor management application, this tab will be empty.

You may view all analytics for your visitor visits based on the Activity Period, which can be changed from the drop-down calendar. You can also filter your data by the location within your environment.

Administrators looking for information on the Analytics tab, refer to Browse and Navigate Visitors Module in Appspace 8.0.