Why Touchless Access Control Systems are the Future

October 5, 2020
 |  Access Control

As the fight against COVID-19 begins to escalate again, everyone is under a stronger push to implement safe and healthy habits to slow the spread. The resistance and endurance of the virus have forced major changes in Australia, for better or worse. In response, society and businesses realize that more needs to be done to reduce infection rates, and technology has responded to meet those demands with touchless access control systems.

Things will not change rapidly

There is a lot of time until a vaccine is available; the best and only way to fight COVID-19 is to use available technologies. In a single day, common contact points such as doorknobs or railings can come into contact with thousands of people.

In confined spaces such as small offices and buses, the risk of community transmission peaks.

The touchless access control technology is the first in line to eliminate all of these concerns in a variety of unique ways. Instead of indirectly shaking the hand of the last person who used the door, a non-contact button can activate the door.

Touchless technology

Instead of relying on a physical fingerprint scanner for identification, a secure iris scanner can put you out of work. The growing list of small but important access control replacements is extensive and limited only using these technologies.

These minor updates are inexpensive, very convenient, and reliable approaches to touchless access control. Plus, hardware upgrades also help fight the spread of germs and pollutants in less tangible ways. For businesses, visibly switching to a touchless system can encourage more responsible and germ-sensitive behavior on the part of employees.

Passive forms of touchless access control like these are ideal for laying the groundwork in environments susceptible to COVID and germs. There are a handful of other tools that allow touchless access controls to go from passive prevention of germs to active prevention of the spread of germs, the most notable of which is facial recognition.

Face detection

Face detection/recognition is one of the key technologies of active access control. By properly using facial recognition in access control systems, it becomes a powerful technology that can be used in countless different ways. This perfectly combines the best of facial and touchless recognition technologies.

With over 99% accuracy and a recognition speed of fewer than 0.2 seconds, you can completely replace card-based systems (or integrate with one), outdated login systems, other biometric identifiers, and virtually any other form of access control.

Terminals can be activated to record the scene whenever an individual approach a terminal equipped entrance, potentially rendering other forms of visual confirmation redundant. This means that it can also be used as a fast, easy, and non-contact automatic door opener with all the benefits of a secure access control system. All of this is possible, thanks to advanced facial recognition.

Wherever tactile forms of access control such as FOB, fingerprint readers, or pins are used, facial recognition can completely replace these systems in the vast majority of cases. It is also the key technology that enables non-contact, non-invasive fever detection forms in devices such as the Hikvision terminal and other thermal fever detection cameras. When it comes to the pandemic, the inherent advantage of this technology is that users can walk away from a scanner rather than


To learn more about how touchless access control systems can help your business in this post COVID world contact Sentry Communications & Security at 1-866-573-6879