Take Up the Challenge of Touchless Access Control March 10th, 2022

Take Up the Challenge of Touchless Access Control

Touchless access control helps keep employees healthy and can save time and money.

Solution providers developing solutions for access control have worked for years to design ways to keep facilities, intellectual property (IP), assets, inventory, and people safe. Legacy systems include door locks that require credentials to open and security gates to restrict access to only authorized vehicles. However, these systems all require touch, which businesses have wanted to minimize since the beginning of the pandemic. Integrators that had goals of keeping facilities and assets safe with physical measures now have the opportunity to solve a new problem: how to enable touchless access control. 22_HID-Security-Q1C1-eBook_Mockup-(EN)

Touchless Access Control Methods

The goal of an access control solution remains the same – to grant secure access only to authorized people – but demand is growing for touchless solutions. Global Market Estimates predicts the market will grow at a CAGR of 8.5 percent from 2021 to 2026, pointing out that components of legacy solutions, including keypads, biometric pads, elevator buttons, and handles, are among the most commonly touched items in a facility.

Touchless access control solutions, instead, leverage components, including:

  • Facial recognition and iris scans
    Many access control solutions use biometric authentication to grant access; however, fingerprints have been a common choice. Solution builders can eliminate touch from the authentication process by transitioning from fingerprint ID to facial recognition or iris scans. Employees, partners and other people who routinely visit the facility would have their photos or scan taken. Then when a person needs access to a restricted area, a camera would capture a real-time image and compare it with the one on file.
    The benefits of facial recognition or iris scans for access control include simplicity – people don’t need to remember an item to enter a facility. These solutions are also hard to subvert, and they can create an undeniable audit trail for compliance, contact tracing or investigative purposes. 
  • RFID
    RFID cards or fobs are standard access control system tools; however, they still require the employee or guest to touch a handle to open a door. Used in conjunction with hardware that opens doors automatically, RFID cards and fobs can create a touchless experience.

  • Bluetooth Mobile Access Systems
    Some businesses and enterprises have begun to leverage smartphones for access control. Although there is touch involved, only the employee uses the smartphone, which minimizes the chances of virus transmission. These solutions use Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) to enable smartphones to communicate with readers in the access control system, to eliminate the need for manually pairing the device with the system. Additionally, enterprises can send credentials to contractors or visitors via email and grant them access by role for additional security.

  • Cloud-based systems
    With cameras and a video management solution, cloud-based access control allows security personnel to keep their distance as they admit people through a gate or into a building. A security team can manage access from an office or their homes using mobile devices with a cloud-based system. Additionally, a cloud-based system provides centralized management and visibility of its most crucial assets for enterprises with multiple locations.

Who’s Going Touchless?

Although healthcare is anticipated to be the fastest-growing segment in the touchless access control market, solution providers will also find opportunities to develop solutions that address needs in government, military, education, manufacturing, and even residential buildings. In addition, commercial buildings, such as hotels and entertainment venues, may also be looking for ways to upgrade access control solutions to touchless options.

Some integrators have brought touchless access control solutions to market; however, innovators still have opportunities to create industry-specific or smart solutions to address challenges. Additionally, you may find value in integrating your management solution or other business application with a touchless access control solution.

Touchless access control is trending. Are you onboard?