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Frictionless Access is Here to Stay

As staff and visitors have returned to office working in numbers, keeping physical contact to a minimum has been critically important. Businesses want to create a safe environment and ensure people feel safe in the workplace.

But image is important too. All businesses want to project a modern and forward thinking identity. 
Phone scanning to enter a building

Many workplaces use access control systems to authorise entry into buildings. Historically, this has often involved equipment which needed to be touched - like the need to type in a code on a keypad, opening a door by touching the handle or pushing a button to exit. Even using a lift involved pressing buttons. Now there is a different way. 

Frictionless access enables a building access control system to identify an individual and allow secure, controlled entry and/or exit with remote or contactless biometric identification. 

Because it doesn’t need physical credentials to operate, it requires minimal visible infrastructure yet allows access in a quick but secure manner for personnel.

By integrating technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Bluetooth and Passive Infrared sensors (PIR), it is possible to create an access control system that is completely touch-free.

So………. What exactly are the options to get through the door? 

The Traditional Method 

Traditionally, a staff member would present their card to a wall-mounted reader to activate it. Typically, there are different product options that allow the staff member to be at differing distances from the reader in order to provide safe passage. Expect somewhere between 10 and 60 cm away from the reader depending on the product option. 

Regardless -  surfaces are frequently touched and cards are lost and misplaced causing frustration and costs. Now let’s look at some of the new ways. 

Biometric Access

When using biometrics, the staff member either swipes their hand through the reader or looks into a camera to activate. The reader either reads the vein pattern in the hand or the retina. 

Facial Recognition 

In this access method, the technology uses analytics to compare a person’s face with that stored on the database and grant or deny access. 

Mobile Credentials 

In this option, the staff member uses the Bluetooth and unlock function on their phone through a  mobile application to operate the reader. 

Contactless Button 

Here, a simple contactless button allows the staff member to unlock a door to exit by putting their hand in the vicinity of the item

Which one is right for me? 

The choice of contactless technology largely depends on compatibility with the access control system in situ, budget and your preference in terms of overall security and ease of use. 

Your security partner should work closely with you to demonstrate the options and discuss compatibility. 

What is clear, staff want quicker access in a convenient way. Your job is to deliver in a secure manner. 

That’s where we can help. Get in touch now to speak to our team of security experts here.