Paxton Access is introducing free customized learning, new products and a new guide to assist installers in helping their customers ensure their buildings are COVID-19-secure. The initiative has been designed in line with the CDC and OSHA best practices and recommendations. In a new 45-minute webinar, Paxton will show installers how to match their security offering with practical considerations of how to operate safely in the workplace. Paxton is also launching a new release for Net2, specially developed to support social distancing.

The company's recent series of webinars had an attendance of over 2,700 installers.

“As a manufacturer of technology, in partnership with installation companies, we have an opportunity to positively contribute to protecting people against COVID-19,” said Chief Sales Officer Gareth O’Hara. “Access control plays a key role in helping ensure buildings are COVID-secure. At present, thousands of buildings across the country are implementing new measures according to CDC and OSHA recommendations. Right now business owners are strategizing how to safely transition people back to work. Our message to security installers is: Please don’t wait. We want them to start becoming familiar with the guidance and Net2 solutions and support their customers in making their buildings COVID-19 secure. From the webinar, to the supporting technical information, to the new Net2 release and free customer guide, we believe they will have everything they need.”

Paxton says its team of researchers has been thoroughly reviewing the CDC and OSHA recommendations to ensure the most relevant, up-to-date information is shared with their customers. The result is a webinar packed full of useful advice to help installers reach out to their customers with confidence. The session covers 4 key areas:

  • Contactless entry & exit – hygienic access, move away from touch-based devices
  • Flexible access permissions – meet social distancing guidelines, limit high traffic and apply one-way flow of movement
  • Occupancy management – control and monitor the flow of people in any given area and support social distancing
  • Thermal scanning – use cameras to ensure health and wellbeing in high security areas and identify people that could be at risk, quickly

As part of the new plan, Paxton is introducing an Occupancy Management feature in Net2 and various improvements to integration with thermal scanners to give installers the best options for safe, secure access. Due for release in July 2020, Net2 Occupancy Management allows you to limit the number of people in any given area; either barring access or sending an email/text to the building manager when a space nears capacity. It works across multiple areas of a site and can be set to operate a one in, one out system to support social distancing measures.

"We understand the important part that access control has to play in managing the flow of people around a building to support a hygienic environment,” said Adam Stroud, Paxton CEO. “In addition, controlling the density of people in any given area is a valuable tool to help businesses of all types to become COVID-secure. The Net2 access control system is widely used in the U.S. and so we developed the new Occupancy Management feature to meet this specific need. For new and existing Net2 customers we hope that this new functionality helps the efforts that we are all making to observe social distancing and keep people safe."

Paxton has also created a digital guide for end users which explains in easy terms what to ask their installer to make their building COVID-secure.

“We genuinely want to help our installers help their customers,” said Katie Millis-Ward, divisional director of communications. “Providing insight into the variety of best practices and recommendations to make it simple for both the installer and the end customer is something we are ready to do. There’s a lot of information for businesses to digest to make buildings safe and we hope we have broken it down into a digestible format so people can get started with confidence. Our new COVID-secure with Net2 customer guide should help anyone, even if they have no knowledge of access control.”

Paxton’s new webinar, the Guide to COVID-secure Buildings with Net2, starts on June 30 and runs each Tuesday and Thursday until July 16. Installers can register here.