Smart touch free elevator technology

Touchless elevator solutions

Ensuring a safe work environment is key to the success of any organization. When putting together a health and safety plan for your facility, adhering to governmental compliance requirements and reducing liability are a top priority. Building elevators offer a unique challenge across the return to work landscape, as elevator buttons are among the most-touched surfaces in a multi-tenant facility, and the small, enclosed footprint of an elevator makes it difficult to social distance. If your facility can accommodate touchless technology in elevators, Openpath has a few options for implementation.

Planning Elevator Safety Precautions

Implementing a plan for smart elevator usage in your building is a crucial step to preventing illness transmission. However, when designing elevator access control safety plans, the best system will depend on the size, type, and unique needs of your facility—using a one-size-fits-all approach is not the most effective solution. The following questions can help create a better understanding of how to approach safety and wellness in your building’s elevator system.

  • How many elevators does your facility have?

  • How many floors are served by elevators?

  • How many people need access to the elevators on a daily basis? 

  • What is the capacity of your elevators?

  • Can you monitor usage and shift schedules as needed?

  • Do certain people have access only to specific floors?

  • Do you want to prioritize touchless technology, or convenience and speed of moving people through the facility?


If maintaining a quick flow of people through your building is a top priority, such as in large multi-tenant high-rise buildings with automatic elevators that carry thousands of people each day, updating to contactless elevator technology may not be feasible without destination dispatch technology. An alternative option is to consider encouraging users to use a covered body part to press elevator buttons (such as a Kleenex, sleeve, etc), install hand sanitizer stations on each floor and in the lobby, and schedule more frequent elevator and lobby sanitization.

Destination dispatch elevator integrations

Openpath’s contactless elevator configuration is ideal for large buildings with automated elevators, such as high-rise commercial office spaces or multi-family residential buildings. Use a bespoke integration with braXos elevator security systems and Openpath’s open API to create a contactless user experience. Openpath’s integration with braXos works by virtually mapping elevator relays with APIs and destination dispatch platforms, and controlling access to floors with Openpath.


What is needed: 

  • Openpath Access Control System

  • braXos Openpath Connector

  • braXos Steward middleware product

Partner integrations

braXos

A bespoke integration with braXos elevator security systems and Openpath’s open API creates a contactless user experience by virtually mapping elevator relays with APIs and destination dispatch platforms, and controlling access to floors with Openpath.

Kognition

Use Kognition’s advanced facial recognition AI software as a form of 100% touchless multi-factor authentication when paired with Openpath’s mobile credentials. Integrate with automated elevator access to easily maintain high-level elevator security with hands-free capabilities.

Conclusion

Many people use an elevator every day, whether it’s to access an office, apartment, or parking garage. However, with new health and safety guidelines being implemented across the globe, the way we access and use elevators is changing. No matter the size of your facility, enforce social distancing inside elevators, allowing only one or two people inside at a time. Updating the technology of your elevator system is another way to minimize liability in your building, but make sure your system is reliable, and offers added protection like tailgating security and multi-factor authentication capabilities. For smaller buildings, you can easily use a mobile access control system like Openpath to create a touch-free elevator experience with minimal interruption to the flow in your space.

Additional resources

Hands-free access

Enforce wellness verification

Temperature screening integrations

Occupancy management

COVID-19 Features

COVID-19 Office Safety Guide

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