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How Building Security is Getting Smarter

Technological innovation in building security is resulting in smarter and safer workplaces.

In the opening credits of the 1960s sitcom, Get Smart, secret agent Maxwell Smart enters the headquarters of his secret government agency through a series of elaborate security doors. The final entrance sees him dial a number in an old telephone box before falling through the floor to enter the building.


Nearly 70 years later, a parody of building security as an elaborate and tiresome process still hits close to home. In commercial buildings across the US, many landlords are still relying on outdated systems that are as inconvenient as they are insecure.


There is new technology available through Elliot that can change that.


Facial recognition software was first developed several years ago, but it has since advanced to a point that it can now use standard security cameras to scan and recognize people as they enter and exit a building, even if multiple people are entering at the same time.


This technology is now being used by buildings to identify and automatically check-in tenants and guests as they arrive, and to alert staff when an unrecognized person enters the building.

It can also be used to notify staff when an important person such as a business or political leader enters the building, or to alert them when a ‘blacklisted’ person - i.e. someone who has been banned from entering the building - attempts to do so.


Many buildings have unique security and access control systems in place, but Elliot’s facial recognition technology can be flexibly integrated with other systems.


For example, in an office building that is now using Elliot, visitors are required to enter an access code to use the elevator. Previously this meant they had to line up at a security desk when they arrived and wait for the staff to check them in manually and provide them with an access code.


Now, a security camera recognizes the visitor when they enter the building and they receive an email with their access code before they’ve even walked across the lobby.


Following the COVID-19 pandemic, solutions like this that reduce lobby traffic will be critical as social distancing becomes a standard practice. In fact, the same software can be utilized to measure the distance between people as they enter the building, alerting staff (or the person directly) when they are within six feet of another person.


An up-close scan of the face by the software can also indicate if the person has a high temperature and may be sick - a measure some landlords are starting to require all tenants and visitors comply with before entering the building.


The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the benefits of these smart security solutions, although the efficiency and efficacy they offer building owners extend beyond the current crisis.


Health, safety, and security standards will only continue to change, which is why it’s critical to have a technology partner that is flexible to your needs and unafraid of innovation. Having confidence in the security of your building is paramount, and now, finally, it’s possible.


Elliot integrates with a large range of smart building technologies, including those detailed above. Reach out today to sales@elliotmanagement if you’d like to learn more.

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