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With the COVID-19 pandemic showing no signs of slowing down, and employees beginning to head back to work, business owners are searching for new ways to lessen the likelihood of the virus spreading amongst their team members upon returning to the office. It is believed that one of the more prominent ways COVID-19 spreads is through surface contact.
Thus, the innovation in the field of touchless security solutions has been prevalent as of late. Touchless access control systems are being used more commonly as a way to safeguard sensitive areas in both corporate and office buildings. A touchless access control solution may be the answer that you’re looking for.
What Is a Touchless Access Control System?
Access control systems have been around for a long time. In the past, they have taken the form of keys and deadbolts and, later, keycards and card readers. Touchless door access is simply the latest innovation in an ever-evolving method of safeguarding sensitive areas and information.
Touchless access control readers, as the name implies, utilize technology that can recognize whether a person is authorized to enter a certain area without him or her having to use a method that requires physical contact with a device or a shared unlocking apparatus like a key or an identification card.
Touchless door access control can take the form of facial recognition software, mobile access solutions (i.e. a mobile credentials app on each employee’s smartphone that monitors their level of authority), and doors that open automatically when an authorized person attempts to gain access, eliminating the need for door handles.
Here is a look at some of the benefits touchless solutions can afford you and your employees.
Unlock Doors Without Having to Touch Them
There are many problems associated with physical keys and identification cards. Not only are they unhygienic, but they are also easily lost, stolen, or even cloned. Gone are the days of a single person carrying a massive and convoluted ring of keys. Those are inefficient and, of course, unsafe.
Any disgruntled employee can go rogue and provide an unauthorized person with access by giving up their key or keycard. Touchless access control prevents the spread of germs and also combats these security risks. Face recognition systems are highly advanced, and, last time we checked, it is very difficult to duplicate someone’s face.
More recent smartphones, like the iPhone 11, even have facial recognition and fingerprint scanning capabilities built into them. There are security-based smartphone apps available that can provide a personalized method of gaining access to restricted areas.
Everybody carries around their smartphone right? All it takes is a fingerprint or facial scan on an employee’s personal device to afford them access to where they need to go. Of course, the full system needs to be free of physical contact, so, once the door is unlocked, there are ways to open it without spreading germs.
Automatic doors are opened by themselves once they are unlocked, or you could mandate people to use their shoulders or elbows to open doors. If an automatic door is out of the question, then you could have the door sanitized on a regular basis and keep hand sanitizer right nearby it.
Allow Guests a Contact-Free Sign-In Process
If you run a building where guests are coming and going fairly regularly, then you want to ensure them a safe and sanitary environment. Many buildings require a sign-in procedure for visitors to enter. We recommend that you revise the sign-in process, so that guests can sign in online beforehand and simply show a form of identification once they arrive.
Send out an email to guests before the time of their scheduled appointment or visit, so they understand with confidence what the procedure is. Informing them of the security and safety precautions that are being taken will provide them with peace of mind before they visit your building.
If a particular guest is or may become a frequent visitor, then you can suggest that they download an app on their phone, which will streamline the process for future visits.
Make Access Authorization Directly Tied to Individual Wellness
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines regarding COVID-19 suggest that you conduct health screenings before permitting your employees to come into work. These can be done on a weekly basis, or, if you feel it is necessary, you could even conduct them on a daily basis.
A cloud-based employee registration tool can keep track of how your employees answer the questions in the wellness check, and your touchless access control system can restrict people from entering if there is a risk of them having COVID-19, based on how they answer the questions.
If their work allows for it, you could restrict the amount of people present in the building at any given time to only half the number of employees that you have. The others can work from home, and you can design a schedule around who is working from home and who is working out of the office each day or each week.
Monitor and Control Your Security System Remotely
Touchless access control systems that are integrated with cloud-based technology have become the security systems of the future. Touchless systems are, in and of themselves, more secure, and cloud-based security allows for you, the moderator and operator, to monitor your building security remotely.
You or another administrator can grant or revoke access at will, change user schedules, and raise or lower permission levels anywhere or at any time. Cloud-based systems afford you greater control over your security system than ever before.
Are you in the market for a new access control system? Whether it’s touchless or a more traditional keycard-based system, TED Systems, LLC has got you covered! TED Systems’ feature-rich access control platforms and solutions are designed around the scope of your business’s needs. As your organization grows, so will our access control systems, and we are here to help you adapt.