Guest invites allow you to streamline the check-in process when guests are invited to your org by sending them check-in instructions when you invite them using a calendar invite. It allows your guest the option to check in before they arrive and receive any instructions you would like them to have before their visit.
Note: In order to send an invite the email of the organizer must be tied to a Host. Hosts who don't have access to Verkada Command can still invite guests at https://guest.verkada.com
You will need to have your Guest account set up before you can start sending invites. If you have not set up your Guest account yet click here to get started.
This article includes the following sections
Creating Guest Types
Before you can send a guest invite you will need to create a guest type.
Select the Guest tab from the Home page
Use the drop-down menu on the left-hand side to verify you are in the desired site
Select the settings gear in the top right-hand corner
Select the site settings then select Guest Types
Select + Add Guest Type
Label the guest type and choose Create, from here you can edit the guest type settings:
Check in: Edit the settings to fit your desired guest type
Welcome message: Add messaging or instructions to your guest's welcome email
Post check-in message: Create a message to welcome your guests and guide them to any next steps
Allow this guest to unlock select doors: Select any doors this guest should be able to open. Once selected you can edit the days and times guests will be able to access these doors.
Note: They will only be able to access the doors on the days they check-in
Select the checkmark in the top right-hand corner when you are done to save
Sending Guest Invites
Once you have created your guest types you can start sending out invites.
Select the Guest tab from the Home page
Select the Invite tab from the menu
Select Invite Guests in the top right-hand corner
From the Choose a guest type to invite dropdown select the type of guest you want to invite
Select Copy invite address and paste the address as one of the invitees in your calendar invite
Once you create the calendar invite, Verkada Guest will do the rest and send your guests a link to RSVP 24 hours before the meeting
Note: The invite email addresses never change, so these can be shared among employees to invite guests.
Accepting Guest Invites
Once a guest is invited they will get two separate emails. One will be the calendar invite and the other will be from Verkada 24 hours before the event asking them to check-in. Guest can pre-register at any time by clicking the link in the email. It will take them to a webpage where they can check-in.
Once a guest arrives they can sign in via email or iPad kiosk. If they already checked in their information will automatically pre-populate.
Receptionists also have access to tools that can assist in streamlining the check-in process detailed below.
From the Guests Invites page they can see who is expected, who has RSVP'd, and who has not checked in yet
From the Guests Log page, they can print badges ahead of time once a guest has checked in by selecting the Print Badge button next to the guest's name
From the Guests Log page, they can also sign in RSVP'd visitors by selecting the Sign In button next to the guest's name.
Note: Printing badges and signing in guests can also be done in bulk by selecting one of the guests or the event and selecting the appropriate buttons.
The Employee Portal allows hosts to change things like how they prefer to be contacted, how they appear on the employee directory on the Guest iPad, privacy settings, and how to invite guests for future visits. You can access the employee portal at guest.verkada.com.
Accessing Profile settings
You can edit your profile info from the Profile tab on the Guest homepage
Navigate to guest.verkada.com
Select the Profile icon in the top right-hand corner
From here you can edit your profile settings
Profile Settings Options
Update your profile photo - This photo is used in the emails and SMS messages that guests receive when they come onsite or are invited. You can also opt not to have a profile photo.
Notification preferences - You can choose if you want to be notified via email, SMS, or both when a visitor arrives. You can also delegate another person to receive your notifications (e.i. your colleague when you are on vacation, etc).
Preferred first name - Change your preferred first name so that when visitors come to choose a host, they enter in the name everyone knows you by instead of your legal name (e.g. change “Robert” to “Bobby”)
Employee status - Choose if you want to remain visible on the employee list, turn on employee approval so that you manually verify every visitor for you, or be removed from the Employee list entirely.
Invite guests - Start inviting guests to future events via Google calendar and Microsoft Outlook by selecting the Choose a Guest Type to Invite button on the Guest home page