Ever since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, social distancing has been one of the key factors in helping stop the spread of the virus and keep people safe. As we start to open the economy again, the requirement for new technologies to make the shift easier and more secure has become more vital.
How touchless technology works
Touchless technology describes any device which can be used without the need for touching it; for example, being able to operate it using a voice, a gesture, facial pattern, or user behaviour.
There is also a range of different options when it comes to touchless technology, including facial recognition software, biometric readers, and mobile apps. Some of the more common uses that you may already be familiar with include tapping an ID card on a reader to enter a workplace, using our phones to download and scan plane tickets at airports, or waving our hands in front of taps in public toilets to turn the water on.
With 62% of users expecting to increase their usage of touchless technologies in a post-COVID world, it’s clear that this technology is not just a solution for now, but something which is very much here to stay.
Touchless technology in the education sector
There are a huge number of options when it comes to using this technology within the education sector.
The first and potentially most prevalent is in entry and exit systems. With social distancing rules in place, many educational institutions made the difficult decision to move to remote learning models during the pandemic ensuring the safety of their staff and students. Although we are now beginning to open more, there will still be an appetite for keeping track of the number of people in a building at any one time and ensuring the ability to maintain a safe distance from one another.
One of the most useful benefits of security and access technology is the tracking and analytics that they can provide, including the ability to send alerts should a pre-agreed capacity limit be reached. These limits can be set automatically, meaning that entry into any area of the building can be denied should the capacity be met.
Additionally, controls can be set by the user, ensuring that only those with the correct authority can access a particular area of a building, for example, onsite gyms or accommodation, or only allowing them to access at certain times.
There are, of course, other areas that can benefit from touchless technology within education, such as in the dining areas. Providing students with an app to order their food can not only help to cut down on queues and reduce close contact in the hall itself but may also encourage students to use the facilities more often.
Many educational institutions are also using biometric solutions at the till to provide a cashless option for payment, again reducing person-to-person contact and helping to make students feel safer.
Touchless technology can also help in class, with interactive AV screens and digital learning apps becoming more and more prevalent to encourage students to get more involved in their learning, whilst maintaining safe distances and keeping cross-contamination to a minimum.
Choosing the right software for your needs
Every institution is different, and often the requirements that you have will be entirely different from those of a similar institution.
There is a huge range of options on the market when it comes to secure entrance solutions, including speed gates, turnstiles, and security portals. Many options are customisable when it comes to their appearance, enabling you to choose something that fits in with your environment and doesn’t appear too imposing or overwhelming for users. Also, existing systems can often be retrofitted with touchless technology rather than replaced altogether.
Meesons are happy to discuss what options would be best suited to your needs depending on your budget, available space, and specific requirements.