The Impact of COVID-19 on Security

What Impact Does COVID-19 Have on Security?

The recent pandemic has changed the way companies are approaching security. COVID-19 is a contagious virus, so companies want to do everything they can to ensure people are as safe as possible during the pandemic. By doing everything we can to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we can help save lives and minimize the damage this virus is causing.

Many security systems feature equipment that requires being touched or in close contact with other people. These systems increase the risk of spreading COVID-19 around the premises. Access control systems that require entering a passcode onto a keypad can increase the risk of a COVID-19 outbreak if it is not properly sanitized. Having on-site security guards present to safeguard a building increases the security guard’s risk of being exposed to the COVID-19 virus.

Making adjustments to a security system can help decrease the risks that can come with traditional security systems during a pandemic. By installing a security system that requires minimal hands-on interaction and close contact between people, you can help protect yourself and those around you from the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Limiting contact between people has been proven to lower the risk of contracting COVID-19. 

Security Features to Protect Against COVID-19

There are several security features you can use to protect against the spread of COVID-19. No matter what kind of building you are trying to secure, there are measures you can take to make your security system as low-risk as possible during the pandemic. Making these changes to your current security system will help reduce transmission of the COVID-19 virus on your property. 

Facial Recognition Technology

Using facial recognition technology in place of a keypad access control system can reduce the number of people touching the same object to enter the area. By reducing the number of objects people have to contact, you can help reduce the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus. Biometric technology such as facial recognition systems is a hands-free method of access control. When used in combination with automatic doors, facial recognition technology can create a completely hands-free entry experience.

Virtual Security Guard

Another excellent method of minimizing COVID-19 risks within your security system is to use a virtual security guard. Having fewer people on the premises can lower the risk of COVID-19 transmission. With a virtual security guard, the access control guard is located off-site and monitors the property using surveillance cameras and alarm systems. The surveillance footage can be monitored 24/7 by a virtual security guard system. With the use of intercoms and advanced security technology, a property can easily be monitored from afar to be effective and reduce in-person contact.

Thermal Temperature Screening Cameras

By installing thermal temperature screening cameras, you can ensure that all people entering the premises have an average temperature. Thermal imaging cameras use advanced technology to sense a person’s body temperature in real-time. These cameras limit contact between people, allowing you to check people’s temperatures without contact. During the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring that people do not have high temperatures before entering the building is essential to prevent transmission of the virus. Running a fever is one of the primary symptoms of COVID-19. Even though every person with a fever isn’t guaranteed to have the virus, screening temperatures can help reduce the risk of accidentally allowing someone on-site who has the virus.

Taking Steps to Minimize COVID-19 Risks

Even making small changes in your current security system can help to minimize COVID-19 risks on your property. Revamping your security system to include more hands-free and socially distanced interactions can help lower the transmission rates of COVID-19 if an outbreak transpires near you. By using facial recognition technology, a virtual security guard, and a thermal temperature screening camera, you can help minimize the damage this pandemic is causing. 

Most traditional security systems have not been designed to function within a pandemic. Many of them include systems that involve touching objects or being in close contact with other people. These systems, if not frequently sanitized, can be hot spots for transmission of the COVID-19 virus. Eliminating aspects of your security system that increase the risks of spreading the virus can help secure the health and safety of everyone on your property. The best way to get through this pandemic is to do everything we can to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Take Action Now!

If your security system isn’t fully equipped to prevent the spread of COVID-19 during the pandemic, you can take action now by scheduling an assessment of your property and its security needs.

Schedule an assessment today with one of our expert consultants by clicking here. We can help you upgrade your current security system to help protect people on your property against the spread of COVID-19.