The Coronavirus effect worldwide makes us rethink many of our solutions in access control in critical centers, where until today, biometric solutions by fingerprint were the most efficient and economical.
As we all take precautions when touching railings, elevator buttons or door handles due to the danger of contagion, in the case of a biometric fingerprint reader it is inevitable to have to touch the sensor to read it and also, inevitably all the people in the organization will have the risk of contagion by having to touch it.
In this adaptation process, how your access control systems can mitigate risks becomes highly relevant. The two aspects that most concern administrators today: how to maintain security (know who enters) and avoid the transmission of the COVID19 virus.
Luckily, all the fingerprint readers come with the option of a proximity card, allowing the use of both technologies and preventing fingerprint biometrics from being contaminated.
Another case of risk are the hands and the electronic cylinders where once we have passed the RFID card we have to touch or move the knob to open the door.
The fact of being a mechanical system forces us to touch a specific area of the door by all the people who pass, increasing the risk of contagion.
This has made us reflect on what solutions and equipment can minimize the risk of contagion from Covid19 without losing security and practicality in access control.
If the door is hinged, we can add a motorized system that will open and close without having to touch the handle, if in addition the access control is by proximity (RFID) or with a hands-free system, we will avoid touching the reader.
The exit buttons can be non-contact, or through detection elements such as radars or magnetic loops.
Also in the universe of access control systems there are technologies that dispense with contact with other people or with machines, which can be very useful at a time when it is imperative to keep our hands as clean as possible and avoid contact with surfaces that have been touched by dozens of people.
Reduce physical contact points in common spaces. Use mobile authentication.
Lower or eliminate physical contact with ID readers. In the universe of access control systems there are technologies that make it possible to dispense with contact with people and equipment. Avoid rubbing with surfaces that have been touched by dozens of people.
Reduce the need for contact with Pin buttons and biometric fingerprint readers. Replace them with mobile authentication which is more secure.
Various access control systems have applications for telephones that allow collaborators and visitors to authenticate from their cell phones. In addition, they are more secure, since they work with a password to enter the app from the phone before unlocking the door.
We know that administrators are constantly evaluating this situation, so it is important to make an inventory of the tools you have at your disposal and that help you to reinforce the security policies of your property.