The Touchless Future of Access Control

The Touchless Future of Access Control
30/07/2020 Rechenberg
The Touchless Future of Access Control

As the fight against COVID-19 begins to ramp up again, everyone is experiencing a stronger push to implement safe and healthy habits to slow down the spread. The resilience and staying power of the virus have forced significant changes within Australia, for better or worse. In response, society and businesses are realizing that more needs to be done to reduce infection rates, and technology has responded to meet these demands.

Until a vaccine is available, the best and only way of fighting against COVID-19 is with the technologies at hand. Over the course of a single day, common touchpoints like door handles or railings can come into contact with thousands of individuals.

In confined spaces like small offices and busses, the risk for community transmission reaches a peak. As a direct result of these concerns, sectors like the biometrics industry are experiencing significant economic downturns. Current access control measures are being treated with great caution and scrutiny, for obvious reasons.

Touchless access control technology is the first in line to eliminate all of these concerns in a variety of unique ways. Instead of indirectly shaking hands with the last person to use the door, a touchless button can be used to activate it.

Rather than relying on a physical fingerprint scanner for identification, a secure iris scanner can put it out of a job. A simple timed motion sensor can do everything a light switch can, and much more. The growing list of small but meaningful access control replacements is extensive and only limited by how these technologies are used.

Such minor upgrades are inexpensive, highly practical, and reliable approaches to touchless access control. Moreover, material upgrades also help to fight the spread of germs and contaminants in less tangible ways. For businesses, visibly making the change to a touchless system can encourage more responsible and germ-conscious behaviour from employees.

Some common and inexpensive forms of touchless access control include antibacterial door holder covers, which effectively reduces cross-contamination between users, touchless exit buttons, and a foot-operated door opener, providing alternative ways to open doors – all of which are available for purchase at Rechenberg.

Passive forms of touchless access control like these are excellent for laying the groundwork in COVID-aware and germ-conscious environments. There’s a small handful of other tools that enable touchless controls to move from passively preventing the spread of germs to actively doing so; the most notable of which is facial recognition.

Facial detection/recognition is one of the key technologies in active access control. By properly utilizing facial recognition in access control systems, it becomes a powerful piece of tech that can be used in countless different ways. A prime example of this can be seen in Hikvision’s Facial Recognition terminal. This seamlessly combines the best of both facial recognition and touchless technologies.

With an accuracy of over 99% and less than 0.2-second recognition speed, it can entirely replace card-based systems (or be integrated with one), outdated sign-in systems, other biometric identifiers, and virtually any other form of access control. The Hikvision Facial Recognition terminals can also serve as a one-stop touchless and non-invasive fever screening checkpoint.

The terminals can be triggered to record the scene whenever an individual approaches an entrance equipped with a terminal, potentially making other forms of visual confirmation redundant. This means it can additionally be used as a quick, easy, and touchless automatic door opener with all the benefits of a secure access control system. All of this is possible thanks to advanced facial recognition.

Wherever touch-based forms of access control like FOBs, fingerprint readers, or pin pads are used, facial recognition can entirely replace such systems in the vast majority of cases. It’s also the key technology that allows touchless and non-invasive forms of fever screening in devices like Hikvision’s terminal and other fever screening thermal cameras. In regards to the pandemic, the inherent advantage of this technology is that users can stand back from a scanner rather than potentially exposing themselves to contaminated surfaces.

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