If you’re reading this, then there’s a strong chance your web browser, also known as a client, interacted with the WordPress API in order to reach our website (which is hosted by WordPress). If you find that you want to learn more about our company and our mobile key platform, you may head over to our “Let’s Connect” page where we have a form. This form, hosted by a third-party, is able to be filled out on our webpage without you having to go to the third-party’s website. This is all possible through the work of an API or an Application Programming Interface.
According to Brian Lillie, CIO of global data center provider, Equinix, APIs are “the mechanism by which organizations can rise to the occasion of our new ‘always-on,’ extremely mobile culture.” In other words, APIs are what can potentially make the world, and your business, go around. They allow you to solve problems and pain points faster than ever before. The secret isn’t in a single API alone—though they often have benefits in and of themselves. The real magic happens when complementary APIs are integrated for greater positive impact.
The Power of APIs
UniKey provides customers with a mobile key platform to enhance products or bring new products to life. Whether you’re in the commercial, residential, or automotive industry UniKey has an API that can work with any solution; making it easier for you and your team to leverage our proven technology and mobile IP to bring seamless access control solutions to your customers.
The challenge, however, lies in getting them to work together. Not all APIs use the same standards, and the developers who make them may not follow the same security policies. UniKey mitigates the difficulty by following security and privacy best practices. And, UniKey removes the guesswork and complexity when it comes to integrating APIs, enabling an abundance of powerful integrations with your IoT device, platform, or application.
Through UniKey’s APIs, integrations are available for the following:
1. Cloud-to-cloud integrations streamline communication and ensure data is shared among relevant systems—on-premise and off—and parties. An example is an integration of Kwikset’s Kevo with Airbnb. The joining would not only facilitate data sharing and analysis but also provide a superior customer experience.
2. Mobile and Web App integrations already work with IFTTT, a free web-based service that allows your customers to create “recipes.” For instance, in a UniKey and Phillips Hue integration, end users can leverage the recipe that dictates, “If [user] approaches the smart lock between [hours], the lights will automatically turn on before [user] enters the building.
3. IoT Device integrations. The UniKey platform can be integrated with connected devices like SkyBell, Honeywell, and Nest. The aim is to create a holistic UX that benefits the building environment from end to end.
4. Copyrighted source code. While the APIs are for commercial use, the underlying source code is copyrighted. This facilitates the ability to produce one-of-a-kind access control solutions in a variety of verticals and industry sectors.
With UniKey’s open APIs you have the potential to join a thriving ecosystem of connected devices and give users a unique experience by combining your product with other smart solutions and integrations. To learn more about our platform’s APIs visit www.unikey.com