Access Control, Security

Is the Future of Access Control Touchless?

Before the COVID-19 pandemic made its way across the world, a handful of physical access control manufacturers were working on creating a frictionless authentication process that would involve a hassle-free and touch-free experience. Fast-forward to 2021, where we’re almost two years into this virus that has made everyone wary of door handles and nearly every surface around them, and you have physical access control in the middle of a significant transformation.

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Almost all physical access control companies are working to either create or integrate touchless authentication into their systems. What was once seen as a nice-to-have or complementary feature for a security system is now a must-have in high demand.

In a recent Global Market Estimates (GME) report, the touchless access control market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 8.5% between 2021 and 2026. Cloud computing and artificial intelligence (AI) integrated facial recognition software are expected to be one of the primary drivers of this growth in the market as the need for touchless access control increases across every industry. In addition to the touchless nature of facial-recognition-based security systems, companies are also beginning to realize that the systems can come with many added benefits.

One of these benefits would be the streamlining of traffic at building entrances, gates, or terminals. Instead of stopping and searching through pockets or purses for IDs or work badges, authorized individuals can walk in as facial authentication technology seamlessly authenticates and authorizes them.

To further prioritize the health of building occupants, mask detection technologies can be integrated into a security system. This functionality offers the ability to ensure all individuals are adhering to established safety guidelines. Additionally, the benefits of facial-recognition-based access control systems go beyond a means of adding touchless authentication. It can also provide an added layer of security to all systems.

For instance, take a building that already has mobile access control technology for its security. Perhaps QR codes are used at the entrance to scan and authenticate that the phone—and presumably the person holding it—is registered within the system. However, what if the person holding the phone isn’t authorized? Facial authentication can act as the second barrier and identify that the person holding the phone, ID, or work badge isn’t who the credential says he or she is—all without anyone having to touch anything.

Now is the best time to consider making your access control touchless! Intelligent and touchless access control technology is here to stay. Implementing security in a business that leverages artificial intelligence can serve as a more secure form of entry.

Tina D’Agostin is CEO of Alcatraz AI, an artificial intelligence company that employs facial authentication technology to create autonomous access control solutions for enterprises. D’Agostin previously served as Chief Revenue Officer for Alcatraz AI, responsible for driving top-line growth and expanding Alcatraz’s footprint globally. As CEO, she plans to take Alcatraz AI into its next chapter to modernize the access control industry. D’Agostin brings over 25 years of experience within the security technology and solutions industry. Prior to Alcatraz AI, she was the General Manager of Building Technology & Solutions at Johnson Controls.