Touchless technology for the built environment
If there’s one thing we’ve learned in the new normal, it’s that touching things is a new source of anxiety for many. Think about all the things you touch at work: door handles, light switches, elevator buttons, break room microwaves, and shared computers or desk supplies. When it comes to returning to work after COVID-19, eliminating as many common touch points as possible helps employees, tenants, and visitors feel safer. The best place to start with COVID-19 safety technology is at the front door. Go touchless with your entry system and security controls. Keycards and fobs, touch readers, PIN pads, and turnstiles are one more thing to wipe down throughout the day, and it’s nearly impossible to keep up the necessary maintenance. And yet, only 25% of business and commercial property owners in a recent Openpath survey said they have proactively implemented touchless technology in their offices and buildings.
Mobile credentials, which ranked #1 in terms of preferred access method in the same survey, solve this pain point by letting users enter and exit using their smartphone. With Openpath’s mobile-based access control system, you have the ability to go completely touchless thanks to Wave to Unlock capabilities activated by Bluetooth — the user doesn’t even need to take their phone out of their pocket or purse. Similar configurations are available for touchless turnstiles and touchless smart elevator systems. You can also integrate Openpath with Allegion door opener hardware for 100% contactless entry and exit.
Automating wellness verification procedures
In addition to social distancing, making sure people who come on-site are healthy in the first place is essential to safely returning to work during COVID-19. Openpath offers integrations with visitor and tenant management software to automate and enforce wellness procedures. Users have to fill out self health questionnaires or waivers as part of a daily check-in process required for authorized building entry. The integrations allow the entire process to be completely digital so it’s easy to manage remotely. Even for multi-location organizations, this reduces the burden on HR and administration teams.
Some organizations are also turning to temperature screenings to ensure workplace safety during reopening. With on-site thermal cameras integrated with access credentials, users can only unlock the door if they pass their temperature check. If you anticipate visitors to your building, wellness verification procedures can be added to the guest check-in flow, associating mobile guest pass credentials with a completed attestation form. Adding these symptom check processes to your office protocol gives employees and visitors peace of mind when returning to work.
Proactive building security management
In the Openpath survey, 45% of respondents said that security was the biggest challenge they faced when shutting down their offices for necessary safety precautions. With the cyclical nature of the pandemic, intermittent office closures are likely to continue. When nobody is present at the workplace, how can business owners ensure their facility is still secure and adhering to physical security measures? Businesses are also struggling with managing requests for temporary access for employees, maintenance staff, and deliveries. Those who are reducing capacity by making changes to work schedules are needing to constantly shift hours and enforce new schedules on the fly.
With a cloud-based platform such as Openpath, businesses are able to take a proactive approach to managing their building security via remote access. Enhanced COVID-19 safety features like remote unlock, door schedule changes, user credentialing, and video management can all be done anywhere, at any time. Plus, with real-time reporting and activity notifications, you’ll always know what’s happening at your building, without having to be on-site.
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