During the Covid 19 Pandemic, the importance of social distancing and occupancy control, especially in public areas, was bought to the attention of everyone. As the UK lifts restrictions, thermal scanners, QR scanning upon entry, one way systems and checking into venues is becoming normalised. However, it is not just in recent developments that we have seen Access Control being implemented in our public spaces. Here are just a few examples of integrated Access Control in public areas…

Locks, keypads and readers at stockroom entry points in retailers help keep stock safe and assist with customers safety by preventing them from going into possibly hazardous areas. There are also verification measures leading into the offices and staff areas both on and off the shop floor, meaning only approved staff can access the entire building.

Another established yet subtle form of Access Control is library cards. The use of photographs on library cards acts as not only another form of identification and verification, but is also a way in which to track all the books and items currently on loan.

This method is also used in college and university environments, with student ID cards. They may be needed to access certain areas, use particular or restricted equipment, take out recourses on loan and purchase certain items from on-site shops.

There are also examples of Access Control being fully automated. For example, thanks to increased data security, some bars and nightclubs have started to use a biometric and ID verification system to prove and a person’s age and check the authenticity of their ID.

It’s easy to think of Access Control being in office spaces or security being when you go through terminals at airports. However, Access Solutions are around us all the time in innumerable ways and will continue to grow well into the future.

Can you think of any we missed? Comment them below…

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