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Contactless Building Solutions for the New Normal

07.07.2020, 10:29

Contactless Building Solutions for the New Normal

Johnson Controls has introduced a suite of contactless solutions to help facilities managers meet social distancing and hygiene requirements during Covid-19 reopening.


The company’s solutions are designed to limit the spread of the new coronavirus in a range of facilities, and help keep building occupants safe. These solutions fall into three categories: contactless entry and exit, body thermal detection, and capacity control.

Contactless entry and exit

Why? To protect staff, visitors, and operations by eliminating physical contact like access cards and lanyards, and making entrances and exits more hygienic

What? A suite of solutions to reduce physical contact and improve hygiene:

  • Facial recognition cameras to grant visitor access to entrances or certain areas, including features like two-way audio intercoms
  • Anti-virus entry systems where occupants place their hands into a sanitiser before entering, to enforce hand hygiene
  • Non-contact visitor management through a virtual reception, using facial recognition and body thermal detection to increase safety and security
  • Automatic door openers for entrance and exit, and touch-free exit buttons, to reduce physical contact with the building
  • Virucidal gel-dispensing door handles, and door handle covers using silver ion technology, both effective against similar viruses to COVID-19 – for use where non-contact methods aren’t possible

Body thermal detection

Why? To be the first line of defence for building and security managers to assess if anyone entering the building may have symptoms of COVID-19

What? Body thermal detection cameras, which can be integrated with existing CCTV systems, use facial recognition to flag anyone with a raised temperature to security teams, who can then take the appropriate action. The solution is scalable for discreet monitoring on a one-on-one basis, or to scan up to 40 people at once

Capacity control

Why? To manage the number of people on site and adhere to social distancing

What? Video analytics technology within existing or standalone CCTV cameras, which count people in and out of a building, using alarms or alerts to let managers know when the maximum capacity has been reached. Data is stored anonymously and provides for more accurate auditing and reporting purposes. Business managers can also make better use of their resources by utilising security guards and employees for other business critical activities

Lee Jasper, Head of Products and Solutions for Johnson Controls UK and Ireland, says: “With these solutions in place, building and facilities managers have a greater chance of limiting the spread of the virus among building occupants.

“Deploying these solutions as part of their building safety plan not only improves safety for staff and visitors, but it also gives businesses the best chance of getting back on their feet, and resuming operations as safely as possible. After months of lockdown and uncertainty, these solutions offer peace of mind, while also encouraging building occupants to stay alert and put safety first.”

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Staff Reporter covers the latest news, trends and opinion from the facilities management (FM) and corporate real estate (CRE) sectors. The FM market is currently estimated to be worth USD 1 trillion annually and is projected to grow at a compounded annualised rate of approximately 5% between now and 2026.

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