How Mobile Access Control Can and Cannot Help With Coronavirus

By Brian Rhodes, Published Mar 23, 2020, 07:42am EDT (Info+)

With coronavirus concerns continuing to rise, many access control companies have pitched mobile access control as safer but how much are they? And what should be done?

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Inside this report, we examine:

  • Door Operators vs Mobile Access
  • Coronavirus pitches from Openpath, BluB0X, and ZK Teco
  • Feedback from HID, Farpointe Data, ZK Teco, and others
  • Benefits of mobile access control for coronavirus
  • Fingerprint reader issues
  • Limitations and issues that remain for mobile access control
  • Outlook on how coronavirus will impact mobile access adoption

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Comments (6)

Interesting questions someone asked in response to this:

Should door operators be promoted more?

Are door operators a better way to improve public safety?

Improved public safety?

I would say that yes, door operators can/do improve public safety. Bottom line, the less common/communal objects people touch, the reduced potential there is to spread contagions between people.

Granted, this even extends to air/aerosol borne diseases too. Ensuring the door is closed can provide a barrier against external things being brought indoors, as well as provide natural bulkheads for central HVAC/filtration systems in buildings to potentially protect occupants.

Promoted more?

The answer to: Should door operators be promoted more? is more tricky, because many 3rd party door operator vendors typically require extensive training upfront before selling to installers.

The expense to 'get into' installing operators is high compared to other access controls because the tech support and maintenance burden is high compared to non-automatic doors.

Moreover, the vertical is dominated by specific vendors who refuse to install/service these operators with anyone other than their own techs or selected subs.

Stanley Security is a prime example - they have a significant market share of sliding doors used in retail. Other non-Stanley integrators will not be supported or sold parts if they try to service such an opening.

So, the overall cost of entering this niche is high, and even then is frequently dominated by 'proprietary' service partners and support.

However - all this was forged pre-Coronavirus. The situation may charge and the market may expand as a consequence.

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Glad to see IPVM calling out these vendors' nonsense claims. I saw the openpath email last week and was thinking the same thing - that waving your hand or presenting a card in front of a reader is not the issue here it's touching the actual door handle.

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Many of these vendors refuse to use Coronavirus as an object for touting advantages of mobile. One referred to it as an 'ambulance chasing' sales tactic.

Especially given that mobile access offers little Coronavirus risk improvement compared to popular contactless credentials, these promotions could be easily viewed as such.

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ISS with a literally bold statement on access control:

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UPDATE: Proxy cites 'hygiene environment' now biggest interest

Here's an except/quote from Proxy from TheInformation.com article titled: Coronavirus Spurs Demand for Touchless Technology

Two weeks ago, Proxy, a San Francisco–based startup, was focusing its marketing on its ability to provide secure access to buildings with a mobile phone app rather than plastic cards and credentials. That changed last week.

“The biggest conversation was all about security. Now it is about how to maintain a hygienic environment,” said Proxy co-founder and CEO Denis Mars. His company’s technology allows users to check in at buildings and doctors’ offices and sign on to computers using a Bluetooth signal, all without touching a screen or even taking their phone out of their pocket.

Up until now, businesses made up the bulk of Proxy’s customers, but Mars said that the California Governor’s Office called Proxy last week to see if the company could help set up hygienic security systems in temporary hospitals or other sites.

However, our main objection still stands.

As stated in our post above even a 'touchless' mobile Proxy credential will not typically open a door unless a powered operator is also used. So anyone looking at mobile access for Coronavirus reasons needs to consider the entire door, not just the access system.

We plan to publish a report on that in the coming days.

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Update: Openpath Adds Allegion Door Operators

Openpath has altered its prevent coronavirus spread promo to now include door operators:

'An Openpath integration with Allegion Automatic Door Openers creates a best-of-breed combination for secure, seamless, completely contactless building entry and exit.'

In this case, Openpath is not the only thing needed to open the door without contact, and they've added the fact door openers are necessary now.

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