Automatic doors and internal control systems

Control of your facility should not just be limited to the external area; an internal access control solution can help to manage who has access to the property. It can even give you a view of who is in or out of the building and provide a record of who has accessed the facilities within a time period.

Pedestrian speed gates and automatic doors used with facial recognition systems or sensors can create a touchless entry and exit solution. This same technology can even complement your security by limiting visitors to certain areas of the building without the need for additional staff.

Pedestrian speed gates come in a range of different styles suitable for almost any environment and are designed to be an unobtrusive part of your security provision. Equally, door automation systems can work on sliding or swinging doors and can be sensor controlled for a truly touchless experience.

Facial recognition systems and thermal imaging

Airports across the globe have been using thermal scanning for some time and it’s not unusual to find face temperature or recognition devices in high security environments.

During the recent pandemic, this tech has become much more mainstream. Face temperature devices are not intended to diagnose or monitor any medical condition or illness but are designed as a first-line defence for organisations that want to identify and check people entering their buildings. It is down to the organisation to determine how that information is used, and the appropriate action to take.

The combination of thermal imaging and infrared face detection makes for an accurate, secure and stable assessment. Linked to access control, these devices can be used at entry points or to secure a specific area within a facility – they can be a fixed terminal or portable device. What’s more it offers a cost-effective way of controlling who has access to your building and when their access is allowed

sides of the gate. Sliding gates are perhaps the best choice where the entrance slopes or when space is limited, as they use the least space when opening.

While the gate itself will provide physical security, you will want to feel in control of who enters the site, when and for what purpose. Consider access for post and deliveries, waste disposal and visitors arriving on foot.

There are different options available intercom systems will allow the user to vet visitors, keypad entry can allow remote access for visitors with a specific code, remote controls allow an oncoming driver to open the gates without getting out of the vehicle, and a timer control can be used to open or close the gates at certain times of the day. Vehicle detection loops can be installed discreetly under the tarmac allowing the presence of vehicles to exit the gates and prevent closing whilst obstructed.

This type of terminal is ideal for construction, manufacturing, small or large companies, food processing, education hospitals and surgeries.

Futureproofing access control

We don’t know what the future holds or whether we will be faced with another threat such as the COVID-19 pandemic and we need to be conscious that changes to our working and living spaces aren’t just a knee jerk reaction to a short- term crisis. We need to plan for the long term, to ensure our properties are fit for the future.

Any investment you make must be proportionate and appropriate. It’s also a question of balancing the need for control with the context of the property, ensuring that buildings remain welcoming environments. TOMORROW’S FM | 49

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