South African tech startup LetMeIn.to has raised R2.2 million in funding from an impact investor to scale up and expand their visitor and access management platform. The seed fund provides capital and support to value-aligned entrepreneurs that build and scale responsible businesses with a positive impact on society.
In March 2020, the team at LetMeIn.to launched CoronaFighter, a chatbot and web-enabled app that assists large organisations to screen and track symptoms of COVID-19 in the workforce through a simple self-monitoring process.
Created and developed by Doctors Jarrad Van Zuydam and Rick Diesel, Paul Van Zyl of Sigma Digital and Daniel and Devon Solomon of LeadRobot, CoronaFighter has evolved into a fully integrated enterprise visitor and access management solution, LetMeIn.to.
“Large organisations require a simple and streamlined process to manage the movement of people on their premises. Instead of cumbersome paperwork or complicated app-based systems, LetMeIn.to’s visitor and access management software meets users on the apps they already use. Adhering to the strictest security and privacy standards, a ubiquitous chatbot is encrypted end-to-end ensuring minimal interference,” Van Zuydam explains.
CEO of LetMeIn.to Marc Wetselaar adds, “LetMeIn.to has created the first integrated suite of compliance-based visitor and access management applications including an admissions chatbot, a QR scanning access management app and an advanced management dashboard complete with live statistics and detailed reporting capabilities. In addition, the CoronaFighter module can screen and monitor COVID-19 symptoms, and trace contact and area exposure to keep the workplace infection free.”
Company employees, contractors and visitors can interact with the WhatsApp chatbot for authorised access to a specific area. A secure QR code will grant them right of entry to the premises and notify the relevant parties of their arrival.
Furthermore, staff can book and access a workspace or meeting room, enabling organisations to easily adopt a hybrid-office model which allows employees to work from home a few days of the week.
The management dashboard tracks the flow of people in real-time, giving admin users a live view of exactly who is on the premises at all times. Access zones are adjustable to allow entry privileges for each user type.
In the case of a fire or other emergency, the platform will facilitate rapid evacuation and an efficient head count ensures that all persons have exited the building.
“One of the key challenges of launching compliance software is adoption. We are taking a unique approach that combines the reach of WhatsApp and other instant messaging platforms with a highly focused product strategy providing a solution that can be rolled out to tens of thousands of multinational employees in a single day,” Van Zuydam said.
“LetMeIn.to is a comprehensive, easily integrated tool enabling organisations to control access to their premises, monitor the attendance of employees and visitors, and disseminate information seamlessly throughout their company.”
LetMeIn.to was selected as one of 10 promising African start-ups to present at the recent VC4A Africa Early Stage Investment Summit.
It has successfully rolled out across eight African countries in multinationals including Barloworld, Cerebos, Dairymaid and Multichoice among others.