Touch-free is the new Standard

Touch-free is the new Standard

Integrated Access control systems are an integral part of the security features in most commercial and government properties. It adds a physical barrier which is sometimes necessary to provide access controls for those who need it and protect whatever is inside.

This includes the working staff, data, and other sensitive parts of information that might be beyond the security area.

A complete access control system comes with access doors, card access systems, and barriers such as turnstiles or gates that can only be opened when one has the correct access level to enter that area.

Yet something has occurred in the past two years that has had many commercial institutions re-think their entire setup because there was too much contact going on that did not help to prevent the ensuing pandemic. So take a look here at the various components of what an adequately integrated access control system looks like.

It was the right time for an access control system to be reviewed, and many of these systems could be quite outdated. It might be the perfect time to weigh up a new access control installation from magnetic stripe card access to pin code door locks.

What is the new solution?

It’s all about touch-free entry and exit. Numerous people throughout the day are handling a system that is still highly secure but without having to make contact with an access control system point and thus touch the same item.

This setup is similar to newer technology points that might have utilised fingerprint technology to open access door systems. While it’s a very powerful biometric solution, it’s not great when looking for a touch-free access control system.

Thankfully, there are new technological components out there that can help with providing touch-free entry and exit.

Facial recognition systems

Facial recognition systems are a great alternative to card access systems and fingerprint/keypad combination access controls. These are the next generation of biometric options that can scan the face of the employee and match it with what’s on file (similar to fingerprints).

Then, all a person is required to do is look at the camera, and the doors open automatically. You can even install sliding doors during your access control installation so that the doors slide open automatically without it being necessary for physical contact. Even some door solution camera options come with built-in temperature checks that can instantly provide the temperature and deny access if the temperature read is too high.

There’s no need to go through the facial recognition touch-free access control when leaving these secure areas because you already did it once. Here you’re able to use a touch-free door release sensor that will re-open the sliding doors from the inside or release and push out other types of locked doors. All one needs to do is hover their hand over the door release, and the motion will activate the door release mechanism.

Suppose you want to install a more manual option, especially inside where there are multiple doors and offices, and door release everywhere might not make sense. In that case, there are also manual door release options where it’s not entirely touch-free, but no hands are involved, only elbows and forearms, which will still help to minimise the risk of spreading any diseases.

Another alternative for these door solutions is to use wireless, contactless key fobs. These are more sensitive than their counterparts and won’t require pressing down on a keypad area familiar with card access systems. Instead, these can be hovered over secure areas and work similarly to a touch-free door release.

Either way, these are going to become more and more common as a touch-free entry and exit solution. These touch-free entry and exit solutions are also highly modular and can be connected to a variety of spaces in the commercial area. For example, they can be attached to emergency fire locations as a combo door release and fire emergency button.

You can also use them in corporate parking garages without the need of having to press a button for a ticket. Still, they can simply utilise the same door release functionality and hover over the area to release a ticket. This facility helps to map out a comprehensive touch-free entry and exit access control system throughout multiple touchpoints, helping to provide a hygienic and safe work environment.

Does it financially make sense?

It may not seem prudent to go through another access control installation or to upgrade specific newer components that were only recently installed, maybe even pre-pandemic. It might look like another cost, and it might seem better to have expenses somewhere else.

Yet take a moment and consider what a touch-free access control system does for your business. It provides a more digitised option that means scalability quickly; it also helps maintain a healthy and happy workforce, which will maintain and improve productivity.

Yes, this might have become the new normal due to current events. However, at the same time, there are always other diseases that make co-workers and office staff ill, and door solutions that are touch-free entry and exit points will help reduce the transmission of numerous other diseases.

Take the time to weigh up your options and remember how you lost productivity and business due to the lack of touch-free access control systems.

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