Secure access methods
When it comes to access, AlphaTouch offers options that cover just the basics. A built-in reader in some models allows access to users with key fobs. Although touchscreens are available and provide some convenience, a more advanced touchless entry system is not offered. Stations have the ability to connect to a touchscreen handset, and remote unlock is only available in some models.
With AlphaTouch, visitors can connect with tenants in multiple ways, including a direct phone call, calling through the mobile app, and calls to one or more resident monitors. In terms of visitor access, the only available option is a QR code that allows guests entry for a limited time. Tenants and guests can also take advantage of the elevator control feature that grants access to a designated floor, also within a limited time frame. Two-way communication is available for audio and video, although the two-way video call is only supported through the mobile app. With this feature, tenants have the option to share their live video stream when answering calls.
Despite the convenience these access options offer, there are features in other more advanced video intercoms that are not available in AlphaTouch. For example, touchless and keyless door entry is not offered, a feature that more buildings have incorporated into their security procedures in recent years due to safety and convenience.
With Openpath Video Intercom Reader Pro, there are a variety of secure access methods available, with advanced features that make access control seamless. The system supports mobile capabilities and enables users to grant access from any mobile device through an app. Unlocking process is fast, with the patented Triple Unlock technology that ensures 99.9% reliability using simultaneous Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and cellular signals. With this technology, users are granted access at all times, even when one connection is unavailable.
When it comes to visitor access, temporary passes are issued to visitors through email, text message, or messaging apps like Slack. Customizable temporary Guest Passes are accessible directly from a smartphone browser, and grant one or more entries within a limited time, with all access events recorded in real-time. Like some AlphaTouch intercoms, the remote unlock feature is also available in Openpath, allowing users to unlock doors for guests from their mobile phone or the Openpath Control Center.
Another feature that has risen in popularity in the past few years is touchless entry, and Openpath’s Wave to Unlock allows users to open doors with a quick movement of the hand or phone. With safe, hands-free technology, visitors can request access without entering personal information into a public device or having to scroll through a huge directory to find the tenant they are looking to connect with.
Users who prefer physical keys can opt for high- and low-frequency key card access on Openpath systems as well. The intercom reader is also backward compatible with legacy access control systems and credentials.