Axis Promoting QR Codes For Global Pandemic Access Control

By Brian Rhodes, Published Nov 06, 2020, 07:46am EST (Info+)

Axis is running a paid LinkedIn promotional campaign touting QR codes as a response to the global pandemic.

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In this post, we examine the pros and cons of Axis's advocacy of using QR codes for touchless access control.

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Comments (13)

QR codes replacing traditional authentication... Did Axis hire Steve Gibson?

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I feel that QR codes will be the preferred method for visitor management and pre-registration post-COVID. The Receptionist is a great example of this.

As for access control, we cannot overlook the fact that traditional access control badge methods have always been "contactless". Frankly, it's not clear that Axis is solving a problem.

The real issue for door access comes down to touching door surfaces and door handles.

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As for access control, we cannot overlook the fact that traditional access control badge methods have always been "contactless". Frankly, it's not clear that Axis is solving a problem with access control.

Agree. However, in the specific use for visitor management, there is the additional expense of physical issuance/collection of temp credentials and cleaning/disinfection of visitor badges.

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There is an exception if your visitor procedure is escort only with a paper tag. Most all of our visitors are escort only.

For extended visits or contract work, we will issue a temporary badge with an expiration. Disinfecting a badge is not a large expense.

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Our product EvTrack is one of the third-party companies that supports QR code credentials using Axis and 2N products and I can tell you it works very well.

Brian, just to say I am a great fan of IPVM and have been a member for some time.

The one area you have neglected to mention as a major advantage of QR code credentials over BLE or NFC is the fact that you do not need to install any propriety application with a key on your mobile in order for this to work. Many clients have 'app-fatigue' or may not have the inclination/money for data to install another app.

You are also neglecting the fact that the world has swung away from someone sitting at a desk issuing a plastic card. Security management now wants to be able to sit at home and easily issue a credential for a contractor that needs to get into a remote site on the other side of the world.

A solution where the credential is sent by email or SMS and which uses a tiny amount of data works very well. EvTrack dynamically changes the QR code and has a use limit as well as an expiry date/time. Printed QR codes can also be created but these obviously don't dynamically change.

Agreed on the door handle contact, but most access control hardware will be faced with the same issue regardless of what reader type you use. Sliding doors and motorised door openers help with this and most buildings now have a hand sanitiser placed at the entry/exit point.

RFID proximity cards/tags can only be seen as semi-contactless as most users of these credentials end up touching/brushing the surface at some stage whether it be on a turnstile, on a wall where the reader is mounted or on the door mullion.

If people are concerned about cost, EvTrack one can also be used with an Axis IP camera to read a QR code combined with an Axis Controller board or a 2N Controller Unit. This brings the cost down significantly.

QR codes are king!

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Thanks Nathan!

major advantage of QR code credentials over BLE or NFC is the fact that you do not need to install any propriety application with a key on your mobile in order for this to work.

The cost of retrofitting QR Code readers at doors remains the significant barrier. My phone camera may read them, but most door readers cannot.

You are also neglecting the fact that the world has swung away from someone sitting at a desk issuing a plastic card. Security management now wants to be able to sit at home and easily issue a credential for a contractor that needs to get into a remote site on the other side of the world.

This is a key claim of many mobile access companies, and cloud access too. It is a function of whatever QR Code issuing app is used, but is not an exclusive claim that QR Codes offer themselves.

RFID proximity cards/tags can only be seen as semi-contactless as most users of these credentials end up touching/brushing the surface at some stage whether it be on a turnstile, on a wall where the reader is mounted or on the door mullion.

You're saying QR Code readers at the door would be different? Transmission risk might even be worse for QR Codes if this is a risk, given that users routinely bring their phones in close proximity to their mouths, eyes, ears, etc.

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So then, there will be a ton of automatic door openers sold? Like the QR code, Fobs and Cards don't touch anything either. Maybe I'm missing something...but, you can put all the fancy reader stuff at the door but if you have to touch the door, who cares?

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Can anybody speak to AXIS cameras more specifically 2N intercoms being able to read QR codes?

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2N supports QR codes independently of Axis in v2.34 of 2N's OS. They have a webpage here outlining it.

For Axis, they use an ACAP app.

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Brian - can you speak to integration with Genetec?

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I'll ask Genetec to comment here.

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Brian,

The client is looking for a true visitor entry mgmt system (HID Envoy or similar) where the contractor would self enroll before arriving on site.

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For visitor management, Genetec offers ClearID:

Is this the application, or is it different?

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