America’s FM:Systems acquires South Africa’s visitor management startup WizzPass

SOUTH AFRICA –  FM:Systems, a dominant provider of digital workplace solutions globally, has announced that it has acquired WizzPass, a rapidly growing leader in the visitor management system and workplace management market.

Used and trusted by leading companies across multiple continents, the WizzPass system is efficient, easy to use and can be configured to suit any facility or organization.

Founded in 2015 and based in Johannesburg, WizzPass focuses on improving the often manual and insecure processes and systems involved with traditional facility visitor management and its visitor management system revolutionises the experience, security, convenience and safety of visitors to offices and other buildings, creating improved communications and interactions between businesses and their visitors.

The start-up’s solutions are used by blue-chip companies at over 300 locations, across four continents, and have processed over 10 million secure events.

The startup is an alumnus of both Techstars Cape Town and the Grindstone Accelerator.

WizzPass has now been acquired by the US-based FM:Systems, a market leader in digital workplace solutions used by more than 1,500 organisations worldwide.

Kurt von Koch, chief executive officer (CEO) of FM:Systems, said he was excited to build on his firm’s suite of solutions with the addition of WizzPass’ leading visitor management technologies.

“This acquisition deepens our offerings in visitor management, which is an important aspect of delivering productive, safe, and enriched workplace experiences. With customers that include many marquee companies, WizzPass is recognised as a leader across the industry. We look forward to welcoming and continuing to support existing WizzPass customers as part of the FM:Systems family,” he said.

The WizzPass acquisition increases the breadth of the FM:Systems portfolio of products, ensuring that clients can continue to tackle the most daunting real estate and facilities challenges with a single, trusted vendor.

“This acquisition deepens our offerings in visitor management, which is an important aspect of delivering productive, safe, and enriched workplace experiences”

Kurt von Koch – Chief Executive Officer, FM:Systems

“It is with great enthusiasm that we join forces with an outstanding company like FM:Systems,” said Ulrich Stark, co-founder of WizzPass. “This will facilitate exactly the kind of valuable workplace solution combination our customers have been asking for.”

“We see great potential to jointly drive innovation and market expansion with FM:Systems, continuing to bring an incomparable full realm of unique digital workplace solutions to market together,” said Bradley Hornby, co-founder of WizzPass.

In late 2016 when the startup raised its first external funding, it was predominantly focused on corporate parking solutions and in 2019, WizzPass joined Grindstone, where it was one of the top-performing businesses in its cohort.

Keet van Zyl, Partner and Co-founder at Knife Capital, told WeeTracker that WizzPass was one of the first companies to provide efficient COVID-19 screening solutions for both staff and visitors in one complete system and that increased their client base exponentially over 2020, and potential partners and acquirers started showing inbound interest.

The WizzPass acquisition increases the already commanding breadth of the FM:Systems portfolio of products, ensuring that clients can continue to tackle the most daunting real estate and facilities challenges with a single, trusted vendor.

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