Using conventional and new touch-free technologies, Contactless Pathways are increasingly being implemented in the workplace to reduce any further spikes in Coronavirus outbreaks.
The Coronavirus pandemic has changed the world - particularly in the workplace, as people gradually return to work post-pandemic.
In order to reduce the reoccurrence of another pandemic spike, business owners, building managers, architects and installers are urgently looking at COVID-secure workplace options, social distancing alterations and significant reductions in person-to-person contact.
Designers and technology experts, therefore, are focussing on the journey to work - and movement throughout the workplace - in order to develop what is now increasingly being referred to as a 'contactless pathway'.
By designing building layouts and routes around the building to promote safe social distancing, we can reduce the proximity of people and reduce the likelihood of the further spread of COVID-19 and other viruses.
But the key issue to consider as we return to work, school, university and other public access environments is the large number of high frequency 'touch points' involved in our daily lives that are likely to spread germs and viruses.
Contactless Pathways focus on significantly reducing those touch points on the journey to and from work and during day-to-day activities. And there are a wide range of contactless technologies already in use and under development which are quickly being adopted in order to increase this touch-free route - and routine - in our daily lives.
There are many contactless technologies which we already take for granted; automated doors for example and, of course, contactless payments via debit/credit cards or from your smartphone. These, and a number of other innovative contactless technologies, are increasingly being integrated into devices and systems in order to reduce touch points and increase the safety and hygiene of our daily pathways.
There are a wide range of established and new technologies being adopted to support touch-free or contactless control of devices and building systems. From the simplest PIR (passive infrared sensor) to trigger automatic door releases, to the very latest in wireless smartphone technologies such as NFC, RFID and Bluetooth to make contactless payments or to control your smarthome and automated devices
There are also a wide variety of apps available to control all manner of technology and home devices (from office temperature control and lighting, to turning on a kettle or washing machine!). And, of course, the latest in voice commands and voice control is now becoming the norm thanks to the huge growth in smart speakers and smart TVs in the home.
In addition, face recognition and thermal detection cameras are becoming an essential part of contactless identification and authentication for access control and door entry.
These contactless technologies are quickly being integrated into a vast range of everyday services and connected devices. Contactless payments are being strongly encouraged in retail outlets, of course, to avoid cash handling to reduce virus spread. We've all become used to contactless payments via debit or credit cards using wireless RFID technology, but NFC (near field communication) payments from smart phones and smart watches now also provide a secure, popular and convenient alternative.
Access control and door entry are also now increasingly adopting smart phone technologies for authentication - using a range of contactless technologies. Bluetooth, NFC and QR code apps are now used to provide secure identification for access to office and commercial premises, apartment blocks and hotel rooms.
In the infographic shown on this page, we've tried to illustrate the variety of contactless technologies and devices which might be found on a journey to, from and during a typical work day.Public transport to work:
Contactless payment for public transport is now the preferred option by most providers and is made as easy and accessible as possible. Oyster Cards, book-in-advance phone apps and Apple Pay / Google Pay from your phone or smart watch ensure a significant reduction in cash handling.
Control the meeting room environment or AV systems using touch-free technologies. Lighting, temperature control, automatic blinds and huddle room technology are just some of the systems which can be controlled via automation apps or voice control via smart speakers, for instance.
CIE is one of the leading AV & security distributors in the UK and specialises in providing fully integrated, commercial AV and security systems.
Contact our in-house system design team to discuss the wide range of touch-free technologies available to support your contactless pathway to a COVID-safe environment.
If you would like to discuss your next AV system or would like more information on touch-free technologies, please call our team today on T. 0115 9770075 or email us now.