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Reader Pro

Readers are the IP-based devices responsible for authorizing users through Kisi passes or mobile phones. Once a user presents a Kisi pass or mobile to the reader, it transmits the information to the controller through the cloud or the local network. Depending on availability, readers will use either the cloud or the local network as the primary communication channel.

The Kisi reader offers feedback through a LED light that can be of different colors depending on the result of the unlock attempt. If the user is not authorized, the LED light will blink in red color.

If you want to find all the readers in your organization, make this call to the readers endpoint:

curl --location --request GET '' \
--header 'Accept: application/json' \
--header 'Content-Type: application/json' \
--header 'Authorization: KISI-LOGIN {authentication_token}' \
--data-raw ''

For more actions on readers through the API, check out the API reference for Readers.

Key features#

  • Ingress protection: KRP80 for outdoor use / KRP50 for indoor use
  • Credentials: Smartphones (BLE and/or NFC), Cards (NFC), Tags (NFC)
  • Users: Unlimited (depending on license)
  • Cloud management: Cloud-based web app with cloud updates and potential local cache
  • Updates: Over-the-air (OTA) in less than 10 seconds
  • API support: BLE & NFC with open API for customizations

Dimensions & color#

  • Height: 5.8"
  • Width: 2.95"
  • Depth: 1.65"
  • Color: graphite grey


  • Internet: WiFi, Ethernet or PoE
  • NFC read range: Up to 0.75"
  • BLE tap-to-unlock range: Up to 9"

Power & temperature#

  • Power: PoE at 48V and 500mA 12V
  • Operating temperature: -10°C~50°C (14°F~122°F)

Tamper Detection#

The Reader Pro 2.0 is equipped with a magnetic sensor that detects if it is still attached to the wall or not. In the event that it is tampered with, the status changes and the reader sends out an event (reader.tampered) to trigger the alarm.

This sensor can be enabled or disabled via the configuration of the tamper_enabled variable or through the web application.

Decentralized installation#

Kisi Reader Pro does not need to connect to the access control box. It just needs the internet and power. For optimum performance, use PoE and place the reader on the same LAN as the access control box.


Installations contingent on existing building infrastructure may require a conversion of data protocols to bring the internet to controllers and readers.

Standalone media converter#

For scenarios with existing two-wire cabling, Kisi offers a Standalone Media Converter with these characteristics:

Kisi Hardware ModelControllersReaders
Standalone Media Converter
No PoE.
Kisi Controllers require separate power supply.

🔌 PoE supported

Standalone media converters utilize the existing analog distribution mains to connect IP-based equipment to a switch without having to run new Ethernet cables through the facility. These converters work with both controllers and readers. For every Kisi device, two converters are required: one next to the device, and one at the switch.

Every converter order comes with:

  • 2 converters
  • 1 power supply

Detecting nearby readers#

It is possible to detect proximity to nearby readers by scanning for relevant advertising packets over Bluetooth.

Kisi Readers rotate their advertising packets between five different iBeacon UUIDs:

  • 6dfe2064-5186-11ea-8dfe-4b73218bf946
  • 6f9e62a8-5186-11ea-8ed0-4314341d01dd
  • 71fb9eb2-5186-11ea-b1f4-bb928fefb7fd
  • 73f789ec-5186-11ea-9973-87896ce82dd8
  • 74689eac-5186-11ea-be2d-27ec120c3b0f

The lock id is encoded as part of the 22 most significant bits, while the TOTP is part of least significant 10 bits.

The lock id allows you to identify the nearby lock, while the TOTP must be passed to Kisi if you want to satisfy applicable reader restrictions.