Future Workplace: Implementing seamless mobile access for Canva



Canva is the world’s largest online design platform used in 190 countries and by 80% of Fortune 500 companies. Established in 2013, they entered the China market in 2018 and moved to a new, larger office in Beijing in October 2020.




Combining design, technology and a simple user experience is the cornerstone of Canva’s platform and products. Their offices reflect this culture and, as a young, nimble company, they strive to adopt cutting-edge technologies with a smooth user experience in their workspaces. Canva has long adopted mobile access at their offices in Australia but needed an alternative solution for their new office since the existing Australia solution cannot be used in China.




ICD Security Solutions, a leading security service provider in APAC, worked with technology partner Proxy to provide a smart mobile access solution for Canva’s Beijing office.


Proxy’s solution was identified as a good match to meet Canva’s preference for a superior solution which is scalable locally and worldwide (Proxy can be integrated with any existing major access control system), secure (all communications are encrypted), convenient and cost-efficient.



Achieving a seamless experience


To ensure seamless mobile access for Canva’s employees throughout the building, ICD implemented the following solution:

  • Four Proxy EDGE readers were installed at the client’s office doors. Staff gain access via BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) technology activated by the virtual Proxy card on their mobiles. Doors can be opened without lighting the phone screen or opening the app.
  • Two plug-in Proxy Nano modules were installed behind the readers in the lobby’s turnstile gates to enable mobile access on the ground floor.




With the solution in place, Canva staff can now use their mobiles for streamlined, secure access to the building and their office. Not only is this a convenient, touchless solution, it also fits Canva’s company culture and flexible working hours. Staff have no need for access cards and access rights are easily managed by client’s IT team on Proxy’s cloud-based management platform.



“Proxy offers a unique, light mobile access solution which fitted Canva’s needs perfectly. We worked closely with the Proxy team and Canva to install the readers and locks and configure and test the technology to ensure the solution was up and running in time for their office opening. We are very pleased with the result.”  

Frank Ha, Advanced Solutions Manager, ICD Security Solutions



About ICD Security Solutions

ICD Security Solutions is a leading service-based system integrator that designs, installs and services security systems and advanced solutions across Asia Pacific. Focused on combining the best solutions with an outstanding customer experience, ICD has a dedicated team of experts to research, test and deploy new, cutting edge solutions in the market. 

About Proxy

Proxy was founded in 2016, San Francisco and entered China in 2019. Proxy is dedicated to empowering people with a personal identity signal for universal access. The signal, emitted from a smartphone, can give people frictionless access to any space or device. Large global enterprises and CRE companies like WeWork, Accenture, Shui On Land and BXP (Boston Properties) enable their employees, visitors and tenants to use their Proxy signals for frictionless smartphone-based access.



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