How Contactless Access Control Solutions Are Helping Businesses During COVID-19

August 31, 2020
 |  Access Control

The COVID-19 pandemic has led end-user organizations to more strictly control who can enter buildings and how to do so safely. It is very crucial to implement modern technologies to have a modern and reliable solution. In this context, advanced contactless access control can be beneficial. This article explores some of the technologies and solutions that are in increasing demand amid the epidemic.

Contactless Technologies

While the fingerprint remains the dominant biometric for entering buildings or other entities, it requires a touch, posing health and hygiene concerns, especially amid the pandemic. As a result, more and more users are turning to contactless access control, some of which include iris recognition, which works using a camera that captures an image of a person’s iris; facial recognition, which uses a capture device that transmits the facial image to the server to compare it with a database; and vascular biometrics, where a vascular biometric scanner captures an image of an individual’s venous pattern and compares it to the database.

It should also be noted that physical access control using mobile credentials is another contactless access control technology that can be useful. Users can also store the credential information on their phones and can interact with the reader later.

Visitor Management

Visitor management has become more critical than ever as end-user organizations protect staff and employees from external visitors who may be infected. That said, the visitor management system, which leaves detailed records of the visitors who are within or have visited the end-user organization, can be beneficial.

According to HID Global, a sound visitor management system can help prevent the spread of infectious diseases by asking detailed questions during the registration process. In countries like the United States, they have reduced the infection rates by 25%. Several large technology company customers are also minimizing the impact of infections, using these features to enhance their visitor registration policy with additional required questions to help identify visitors who might need to do so. Other screenings, and expand your visitor registration kiosk with a mandatory pop-up window that asks additional questions during visitor registration,” the company said.

Advanced Reporting Features

The reporting functions of access control systems can now help identify people who may have been in close contact with infected people. For example, announced a new reporting feature for its Security Center Synergis access control system that is designed to help organizations find everyone who has walked through a door near a person deemed contagious. It is conceivable that they can also contaminate the door or anything they touch in their way. This can endanger the life of other customers. So, it is crucial to have a check on this issue.

The announcing capacity corresponds to a contaminated individual’s physical vicinity to different representatives and badged guests dependent on the entrance control framework. A report can be quickly generated to correlate access events by time window to identify people at higher risk of coming into contact with contaminants or contagious people, allowing companies to inform them proactively.


In conclusion, contactless access control is the best defense against spreading COVID-19 from person to person in the workplace and corporate facilities. This contactless technology allows for each person to access an entry point safely and efficiently. Here at Sentry Communication & Security, your safety is our top priority and we highly recommend contactless access control moving forward during this pandemic.

For more information on touchless access control, contact Sentry Communications at (866) 573-6879