The word of the day all over the world is contactless. In order to minimize the spread of COVID-19, people have been encouraged to limit their amount of touchpoints – especially in public settings – as much as possible. To illustrate this point, a recent NRF survey found that 67 percent of retailers now accept some form of no-touch payment. That includes 58 percent that accept contactless credit cards that can be waved past or tapped on a reader – up from 40 percent last year; and 56 percent take digital wallet payments on mobile phones, up from 44 percent.
Thankfully, contactless technology is right in a security integrator’s wheelhouse. That said, the increased emphasis on contactless and touch-free solutions has led to the introduction of tons of new products by enterprising vendors within and adjacent to the security market.
Here is a quick look at a few of those innovations:
Door Opening: One area that ought to be familiar to anyone within the security industry is no-touch door opening solutions. a spread of access control manufacturers are producing these products – which might reduce hand-to-door contact publically areas – for years. Users Prodatakey's Touch io system includes an app that detects a mobile credential nearby.
Prodatakey's Touch io system includes an app that detects a mobile credential nearby.
simply wave their hands before of those sensors to open doors; thus, minimizing high-frequency touchpoints and ultimately reducing the spread of germs.
Mobile Credentials: this is often another area where security manufacturers have created innovative and touch-free solutions. Prodatakey is an example, as its new touch reader product automatically senses encrypted credentials on locked phones – even after they are deep inside pockets or purses. With the merchandise, credentialed users to easily wave their hand within 2-3 inches of the reader so as to point an intent to enter. “The result's a touch-free, hassle-free walk-through experience that needs no contact with phone nor reader,” the corporate says.
Video intercoms: So common before of faculties, apartment complexes and office buildings, one drawback of traditional video intercoms during this environment is that almost all have a pushbutton to initiate aDoorbird has eliminated the pushbutton from this model of its video intercoms.
Doorbird has eliminated the pushbutton from this model of its video intercoms.
video call. Doorbird has addressed this issue with a replacement intercom model that has sensor technology capable of detecting gestures, like waving and approaching of the hand, at a distance of 10 centimeters. This movement triggers a bell signal at an IP chime or indoor station as if the person pressed a call button. The hand gesture may also trigger a preconfigured relay, which then opens the door automatically.
Alarm Panels: There are opportunities for security integrators that go well beyond door opening when it involves contactless technology solutions. DMP, for instance, has introduced new firmware for a few of its touchscreen alarm control panels with built-in readers that allows customers to arm or disarm their systems without touching their screens to enter passcodes. Users simply present a credential to the keypad’s built-in reader to arm the system. Voice-controlled alarm arm/disarm is another viable option for integrators.
Temperature Screening: “Businesses are grappling with choosing temperature check products that do not induce anxiety or put people at greater risk of exposure,” Cindy Cheung, COO for tablet maker Glory Star. “The idea for (the) TAURI (product) came to us after going dead set eat and realizing how threatening gun-style readers are after they are aimed toward you. They also require extremely close contact with the operator.”The TAURI Temperature Check Tablet may be a normal-looking tablet with a temperature screening device mounted on top.
The TAURI Temperature Check Tablet could be a normal-looking tablet with a temperature screening device mounted on top.
The TAURI Temperature Check Tablet may be a normal-looking tablet with a temperature screening device mounted on top. The device is touchless for purchasers and might even include automatic face recognition and mask detection. “Because people are acquainted with tablets in their daily lives, it makes temperature screening a more positive, calm, and familiar experience,” Cheung says.
Wellness Kiosks: Temperature and mask checks are two of the numerous visitor screening and wellness aspects that companies are faced with; however, many of these businesses lack the manpower to try and do so. this is often where self-service kiosks are proving to be a difference maker for security customers.
One example would be LG’s new Wellness Kiosks – an answer to supply both information and health equipment to customers during a physical store environment without the employment of an attendant. The system includes a thermal scanner for temperature readings integrated with a 22- or 32-inch digital signage display for displaying health information. The kiosk includes a motion-activated hand sanitizer dispenser together with slots to carry boxes of gloves or masks. It even tracks what percentage people are using the hand sanitizer.
Interactive Digital Information Stations: Additionally, LG has also attempted to unravel the matter of touchscreen digital signage popular in LG's Wellness Kiosks will tell a patron if they need a extreme temperature, still as dispense hand sanitizer and masks.
LG's Wellness Kiosks will tell a patron if they need a extreme temperature, further as dispense hand sanitizer and masks.
malls and shopping areas. For interactive displays in retail and public venues without using touchscreens, customers can connect with on-screen digital content through mobile device links or voice controls.
Contactless Sales: Finally, security salespeople at home with face-to-face meetings and walkthroughs can reckon several vendors who have come up with solutions to enable successful contactless sales meetings. WeSuite, for instance, has added virtual site surveys to its sales software, also as digitally created and signable contract documents. the positioning surveys enable salespeople to share their screen in a very video call to simulate site walk-throughs.