The Covid-19 pandemic has had a profound effect on numerous aspects of industry and business, forcing all but essential services to shut down in a bid to curb the spread of the virulent disease.
As the situation begins to ease, businesses re-open and staff return to work it is now a key priority for owners and managers to ensure that workspace environments are as safe and hygienic as possible.
In line with guidance from UK Government, there are a number of actions that need to be taken, chief amongst which is managing access control points into and within premises to limit the number of people who can be in one area at a time, or to manage the flow of people in a one-way system that reduces the amount of face-to-face, close proximity interaction.
But a further consideration is reducing the number of contact surfaces such as door handles, keypads and fingerprint scanners which are often the technologies employed at access points.
Contactless Door Access systems as a solution
A simple, effective solution to reduce contact surfaces is a contactless door access system. Using a contactless card that activates an access point via a swipe, tap or proximity activation brings significant and numerous benefits, not only in the hygiene context but also in terms of managing movement of people.
Here are the main benefits of this type of system:
- Managed security – contactless door access systems can be programmed to allow certain access levels for people with the correct credentials, or limit access accordingly. These can be pre-determined to allow access at certain levels, to certain areas or at certain times which not only enhances overall security but can help manage the flow of people on site.
- The contactless nature means that in the case of containing contamination, one of the main contact surfaces issues is resolved. This can be further enhanced by using the same contactless cards to access vending machines, computers, printers and other devices on site, reducing the need to carry multiple keys, cash or remember passwords.
- Each card is assigned to a specific person, which in the event of an emergency can help to identify not only where people are or have been, but also who they are should they be incapacitated. This is equally useful for staff and visitors alike.
- Business insights can also be gained from tracking user movement over time - by applying this data to facilities planning, managers are able to create more efficient and effective working practices.
What types of contactless door access activators are there?
There are a number of cost-effective and efficient contactless access activators available including Radio Frequency ID to (RFID) smartcards, keyfobs, stickers, wristbands and tokens – all basically perform the same function although you should assess whether your business is high-risk or low-risk, and choose a system that is best suited to your needs.