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How do I make a door in my office suite touchless or hands free to help ensure a safer work environment?



With the current world environment this topic has never been more important! Fortunately, with the proliferation of products that are currently available the conversion from a traditional entrance to a hands-free opening is easy, approachable and affordable.

Since the objective is to have zero-contact ingress/egress, utilization of any of a variety of touchless switches is typically where the system would initiate. This entrance request can be accomplished via a wave-sense motion activated wall switch (or similar) or even a Bluetooth reader that receives its permission via a credential that lives on the entrant’s mobile device ensuring a zero-contact request for access.

Whichever touch-free method is used to initiate the opening, this switch or reader can then signal an automatic door operator (low-energy ones are available that are as easy to mount on an existing door as a typical door closer and power via a typical 12/24VDC power connection) that will in turn signal the release of an electromechanical device mounted in/on the door frame (if so equipped—incidentally you can often power the electromechanical device directly from the automatic door operator so the timing is set for the device to energize/de-energize before the operator initiates), and the door will open without any physical contact from the user—furthermore, the automatic door operator can be set to keep the door open for a specific amount of time as needed and designated by code/use/etc.

Simply, with the use of a few simple components any opening can become a touchless and hands-free, zero-physical contact opening ensuring the safety and peace of mind of all users.

If you find yourself in need of an opening like this, all of the necessary products to accomplish the installation of a touchless and hands-free opening in your building can be found at all of the IDN locations throughout North America.

In addition to a broad offering of product and service solutions, IDN offers pre-sale and post-sale technical support. The benefit to you is that We Make Security Simple. Whether your task is related to high-security systems, electronic access control, door installation, or other, our experts are here to assist. Just let us know how we can help.

Do you have a question, or need a quote? Contact your local IDN Branch, or ask the Electronic Access Control Ace through our website.

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