Convenience. Reliability. Durability.
These are just three key reasons why automatic door opening, or handsfree access technology, is becoming more popular in buildings and facilities. In this post, we’ll take a closer look at the key benefits of touchless access control and why you should consider implementing the technology in your building. Here’s a look:
5 Reasons to Adopt Touchless Access Control and Door Opener Technology
1. Health Benefits
One of the principal reasons to consider investing in touchless access technology – especially in this day and age – is that it eliminates high-density touchpoints that would otherwise be required for entry. Germs and bacteria are often spread through indirect contact, such as when an individual touches an object or surface with germs already on it and then touches their eyes, nose or mouth. The thought is that going handsfree and eliminating access touchpoints could lead to a reduction in the spread of illnesses among a building’s occupants or workers.
2. Technology Can Credential Access
One of the big concerns about going to a touchless access control system is that it will compromise security. That’s not necessarily the case, especially if you’re able to offer anti-tailgating technology or a high level of security clearance credential but not in the traditional ways you may have done in the past. Instead of carrying a physical access card or key, these credentials can be installed on technology that already exists and that people already have with them. NFC-enabled key cards that prompt touchless access or Bluetooth-enabled software that can be installed on smartphones are two of a number of options to ensure security. This type of access control is ideal in low to medium traffic areas where only certain individuals should be granted access.
3. Convenience Benefits
Convenience and safety are other key benefits of adopting touchless access control technologies. From a convenience standpoint, it allows people easy access when entering or exiting a facility, which can be especially helpful if they have their hands full. In addition to the convenience factor, automated doors can also offer some safety advantages. For instance, there’s a reduced risk of someone having their fingers caught in the door, being struck by a door and assisted opening allows all persons equal access/egress if it is automatically controlled rather than a manual operation.
4. Data Analytics Benefits
One of the nice things about incorporating one of the aforementioned touchless technologies to prompt access is that it can also keep a detailed log of not just people that entered and exited a facility or specific area of a facility, but also of any equipment or supplies that were brought in or out of it. It’s worth noting, however, that any objects or assets must be fitted with RFID or other technologies to be tracked.
5. Easy Integration
Most doors in a building are manually operated and either swing, slide or revolve. With some investment, it is possible to update, convert or replace them to automatic functioning.