Door automation is a versatile and adaptable solution that solves a number of common challenges in modern workplaces. By improving mobility, encouraging good hygiene practices, and enhancing security, door automation has become an essential facet of an effective building management strategy.
1. Improving accessibility for everyone
For wheelchair users and people of reduced mobility, finding the right workplace that accommodates their needs can be a challenge. Though as a society we are gradually learning how to adapt the physical environment for everybody, we still have a long way to go. Step-free access, elevators, and accessible toilets still cannot be taken for granted, and when it comes to kitchen facilities, many businesses simply do not think to ensure that worktops, microwaves, and coffee machines are placed at an accessible height for wheelchair users.
One of the key challenges for people of reduced mobility is opening and accessing doors and entrances. Installing automated doors that are compliant with regulations gives wheelchair users and other disabled people an easy and safe means of moving freely throughout a building, without compromising security. Combine your door automation solution with a card-activated access control system to ensure that only authorised individuals can trigger a door to open, while giving disabled employees the safe and welcoming workplace they deserve.
2. Promoting hygiene to protect staff and visitors
In any workplace, doors and entrances are the areas which see the highest traffic, with hundreds of people potentially passing through thousands of times during an average day. As a person enters or exits a door, they might touch a key, a handle, an exit button, or the surface of the door itself; all hugely increasing the risk of transmitting bacteria and viruses between individuals.
Door automation is the only truly touchless solution for entryways in the workplace. By eliminating the need for handles and push-bars on doors, you can remove all shared surfaces and improve hygiene for everybody.
Whether you trigger your doors with an automatic sensor, a hands-free infrared opening switch, or a card-activated access control system, there are multiple options for controlling the flow of people and encouraging good hygiene throughout your building.
3. Ensuring good security and enhanced visibility
When your automated door solution is used in combination with an online access control system, you can quickly and easily track the flows of people throughout your building, and have full visibility over who is where at any given time. Add in a biometric security layer to your access control system, and your visibility improves further still, eliminating the risk of lost, stolen, or borrowed access cards being misused. While many businesses utilise these functionalities purely for building management and security purposes, they can also be easily adapted into a simple clocking-in system for administrative use.
Door automation solutions can also incorporate a timer function, which allows the door to unlock and open when appropriately triggered, and then not only closes again, but automatically re-locks after a pre-defined period of time. High security, good hygiene, and better accessibility are all brought together in one simple, safe, and secure door automation solution.