Paxton has updated Net2 software and has six new thermal scan integrations available to boost installer and end user flexibility. Paxton has been developing solutions throughout 2020 which help reduce the spread of the virus in sites installed with its access control system Net2. While researching relevant updates to give Net2 greater functionality against the current pandemic, Paxton established that thermal scanning upon entry to a site or designated area would be beneficial to monitor people’s wellbeing, reducing the risk of infection to staff and visitors.

“Currently in the access control industry thermal scanners are seeing a significant rise in demand,” said Paxton Global Product Manager Steve Rowlands. “This is due to the symptom commonly associated with the virus, of a consistently high temperature . . . By utilizing thermal scanning in combination with access control, we are able to further reduce a building’s risk by denying access to people with a heightened temperature.” 

The new thermal scanning integrations complement Paxton’s recent software updates for occupancy management, flexible access permissions and checkpoint control. When these elements are combined, a system administrator can set up designated checkpoints to manage the flow of people and reduce overcrowding as well as maintain social distancing. When monitoring and approving an individual’s wellbeing, this can be achieved by a manual or automated validation. Checkpoints with thermal scanning detection can also be set up in multiple areas across a site and managed remotely.  

“The user presents their physical token, and their temperature is taken simultaneously by the thermal scanner,” Rowlands said. “Access is permitted if their temperature is in the acceptable range and their token is valid. If a valid token is presented but their temperature is too high, their access is denied. This process takes less than a second and works in conjunction with Net2 access levels and our new series of COVID-secure feature updates.” 

There are several options for thermal integration with Net2. The following thermal scanners have been tested to work with Net2 and have various levels of integration:

  • Suprema FaceStation 2
  • Dahua Thermal Temperature Station 
  • Hikvision Face Recognition Terminal 
  • ZKTeco SpeedFace Terminal
  • Videocon Thermal Analysis System
  • Genie Detection Terminal
  • Invixium Titan Facial Reader

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