2020 has been a trying time for all of us, the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus has presented a challenge to communities and businesses everywhere. The question I have for you, whether you are a security integrator or end user, is how do you see your electronic access control system helping you to keep on top of your legal and social obligations now and ongoing in the future in this new ‘normal’
We have typically looked at access control as simply a way to open doors via some type of card, but it really is a under ultilised and potential key tool for businesses in the following ways:
- To manage and audit occupancy levels to ensure social distancing
- To enhance customer experience by giving customers appointments and a QR code, allowing hands-free entrance
- By providing other hands-free devices such as touch-free exit buttons, Bluetooth readers, QR code readers
- By providing temperature reading facial devices which can also check if people are wearing a mask
- By providing contact traceability reports where if a person had become infected, and you want to trace who has come in contact, or was working in that vicinity
- Giving alarms on busy locations to assist deployment of cleaning staff in real-time.
As we start actively planning to open our places of work safely, Alarmcorp with the help of Vanderbilt products is providing our customers with smart and reliable strategies to help create a safer environment for staff and visitors. All of Vanderbilt Industries access control products provide many of these features inbuilt, and today we will be discussing the ACT Enterprise solution which incorporates all these features mentioned and more.
At Alarmcorp, we have explored best practices for protecting employees and visitors when they come to a building. By implementing the following security strategies, we believe businesses can help create a safe environment.
– Area Counting/Pre-Booking Systems
Vanderbilt’s Access Control solutions can manage the number of people in an area at any one time. Automated people counting systems offer a method of counting and limiting access to certain areas. Operators can enable a maximum occupancy level to prevent overcrowding within a building or in an area. These systems can provide live data and trigger alarms in the event of an occupancy breach. Increasingly, retailers are looking at methods of controlling people coming to their location or giving priority access to people who have booked in advance. Customers/visitors can apply for a time slot and be sent a QR code to their mobile phone, that will gain access
during this period.
– Minimize Contact with Touch Free Access Control Devices
Contact less Credentials: There a several options of credentials to provide user access. Some of these, such as fingerprint readers and pin code readers, still require surface contact. We have many credentials that can provide access using contact less technologies. Bluetooth enabled smartphones offer an effective form of contact-less/friction-less access control. It also provides a remote method of deploying new cards/credentials. Touch-free request to exit buttons have traditionally functioned from physical contact with a button. While this provides effective door release functionality, these buttons can be very high contact points. Touch-free push to exit buttons operate on infra-red technology allowing doors to be opened without touching.
Touch-free bio metric devices such as facial recognition readers and palm readers mean that no physical interaction is needed with the reading device. QR code readers give a low cost, low security way of easily emailing credentials which people can display on their phone to gain access.
– Temperature Sensing Bio-metric Card Readers with Face Mask Detection
We have readers now that will detect that the temperature of an individual is below a threshold before the system grants access. The reader will also check any combination of facial recognition, palm bio-metric scan, or even a traditional card (with a reader). The device can also check whether the person is wearing a mask before letting them enter.
– Contact Trace Reporting
COVID-19 has changed reporting requirements for access control systems where contact traceability reporting is now an important requirement. Contact traceability reports enable organizations to monitor areas or zones where an individual has either a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19. The report allows security operators and administrators to identify and notify those who may have come into contact with an infected individual by reporting their movement throughout the building. Security operators can review the movement of the subject of interest by determining what zones, doors, and areas they have come into contact with. This data is enabled using credentials being scanned by access control readers in the building. Users could then be sent a push notification, prompting them to get tested if they have encountered an infected person.
– Visitor Management
COVID-19 has made it crucial for workplaces to limit unnecessary person-to-person contact and potential transmission incidents. Businesses will look at new ways to check-in, track, and collect information to protect visitors and employees. Visitor management systems allow visitors to be pre-planned by your organization and can include important health and safety information that visitors must comply with in your building. Visitor check-in and tracking processes can be integrated with the ACT enterprise access control system. Real-time data provided by the visitor management solution, you will also know the number of visitors and time when visitors are entering your building. This data can help manage access levels while ensuring staff can be prepared to monitor social distancing. Secure QR codes can be an effective way to provide a contact-less visitor management experience. This will reduce the need for visitors to sign-in with a highly used touch screen or with a plastic card or lanyard.
– Remote Security Management
The rise in staff working from home has increased even further since the COVID-19 lock-down was introduced, and it is therefore critical that security staff can maintain control and monitor their organization’s security systems remotely. On-premise security systems are designed around local monitoring and on-site system management. Cloud-based systems like ACT365 are a low-cost solution ideally suited to projects with multiple locations and limited IT Infrastructure. ACT365 is the only off-premise solution that offers access control and video verification from one application. Please take a look at our previous videos on how this system can be of benefit to you.
– Providing Alarm when Thresholds are met to Alert Cleaning Staff
A building supervisor can set thresholds on different areas in the building to alert the cleaning staff when areas have reached the level when they need to re-cleaned. This takes the guesswork out of where needs to be cleaned. An example of this would be areas that have not been used do not need to be deep cleaned. However, those areas that are heavily used may need to be cleaned many times per day.
So we see that your electronic access control system, when upgraded to ACT Enterprise now does a whole lot more than just open doors. It enables you to manage and be accountable to the five pillars of today’s COVID-19 requirements, that are:
- Physical distancing
- Integrated bio-metrics – temperature screening
- Visitor management
- Remote management
- Hygiene and sanitation
This presentation used the white paper from Vanderbilt Industries as a guide. the full white paper can be download from the link in the show notes below.
In our next video I will show you the components of a ACT enterprise installation, and the basic programming and operation of the system.
As always if you require more information now, please visit the Alarmcorp website in the show notes below. So until then, stay safe, enjoy your day, and we’ll see you next time.