Paxton have released an online video tutorial which explains how thermal scanning can help buildings installed with Net2 become more COVID-secure. They have also updated the systems software and have six new thermal scan integrations available to boost installer and end-user flexibility.
Paxton have been developing solutions throughout 2020 which help reduce the spread of the virus in sites installed with their access control system Net2. Whilst researching relevant updates to give Net2 greater functionality against the current pandemic, Paxton established that thermal scanning upon entry to a site or designated area would be beneficial to monitor people’s well-being, reducing the risk of infection to staff and visitors.
Paxton’s Global Product Manager Steve Rowlands explains: “Currently in the access control industry thermal scanners are seeing a significant rise in demand. This is due to the consistent symptom associated with the virus, of a consistently high temperature”.
As global scientific evidence suggests, one of the most common symptoms of Coronavirus is a fever with a temperature above 37.8C. A site being able to detect this is an efficient way to increase their buildings defence against the pandemic and help to meet COVID-secure guidelines. How a site then manages the process after detection can be greatly supported by using Net2 access control.
Steve Rowlands continues: “It is important to reiterate that thermal scanning alone does not address government guidelines. However, by utilising thermal scanning in combination with access control, we are able to further reduce a buildings risk by denying access to people with a heightened temperature.”
The new thermal scanning integrations compliment Paxton’s recent software updates: Occupancy Management, Flexible Access Permissions and Checkpoint Control. When these elements are combined a system administrator can set up designated checkpoints to manage the flow of people and reduce overcrowding as well as maintain social distancing. When monitoring and approving an individual’s well-being, this can be achieved by a manual or automated validation. Checkpoint with thermal scanning detection can also be set up in multiple areas across a site and managed remotely.
Steve Rowlands explains how the thermal scanning process works with Net2: “The user presents their physical token and their temperature is taken simultaneously by the thermal scanner. Access is permitted if their temperature is in the acceptable range and their token is valid. If a valid token is presented but their temperature is too high their access is denied. This process takes less than a second and works in conjunction with Net2 access levels and our new series of COVID-secure feature updates”.
Manufacturers that have currently had their thermal scanning integrations approved to work with Net2 include:
- Dahua Thermal Temperature Station
- Hikvision Face Recognition Terminal (Minmoe)
- ZK Teco SpeedFace Reader
- Suprema Facestation 2
- FDP- 3000 Thermi-Scan Reader
- Genie WIP2FRTMTP
To find out more about integrating a thermal scanner with Paxton’s access control software, Net2 you can watch their online video Net2 Tutorials - Thermal Cameras Integration. You can also find out more information by looking at the Net2 Integrations page on the company’s website.
Alongside this video, to support installers with their installations and implementation of the Net2 COVID-secure solutions, Paxton have introduced a range of short Net2 tutorial video that can be watched on their website in their new COVID-resources area. This is a great starting place for installers and end-users to identify the steps that are applicable to their specific site.