Openpath Unveils ‘Wave to Unlock’ Feature to Stop COVID-19 Spread

Users can unlock an entry by waving their hand in front of a reader, reducing common touch points and the potential to spread the virus.

LOS ANGELES — Openpath, a provider of modern mobile access control, has released a hands-free “Wave to Unlock” feature as part of a new firmware release to help reduce common touchpoints and allow a contactless user experience at a safe distance.

Openpath says its mobile-first, Cloud-based access control solution is ideal for companies facing demands to update workspaces for returning employees to work.

The platform ensures building owners, managers and tenants can provide employees and visitors secured access without touching any physical surfaces, according to the company.

Users can wave their hand in front of a reader from a safe distance in order to unlock an entry using the company’s patented Triple-Unlock technology which works over WiFi, LTE and Bluetooth.

Openpath’s enterprise-grade access control platform is deployed across a wide range of sectors including commercial real estate, manufacturing/industrial, offices, retail, schools, gyms and places of worship.

Users can also open a door directly from the Openpath app, increasing accessibility while maintaining security. This feature is part of Openpath’s offerings to help companies operate their spaces during and beyond a COVID-19 pandemic.

“The ‘Wave to Unlock’ feature is becoming a key concept for workplace compliance initiatives to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” says John Kim, senior director of product, Openpath. “We’re hearing from building owners, tenants, city planners, architects and security consultants that this touchless solution is calming some employee concerns about returning to the workplace. Creating frictionless solutions is at the core of our business and while our current product offered similar technology, we understood the need to adapt and evolve the firmware with the current state of concern.”

Openpath has been closely tracking unlocks nationwide since late February as part of its Social Distancing Index to help companies monitor and adapt to new protocols.

Companies such as workplace provider Robin has already had success implementing Openpath’s technology to meet social distancing compliance. “By using Openpath, we can route when someone arrives at the office to team leads and whoever manages the floor. As a result, we’re much more aware of how populated the office is,” says Robin CEO Sam Dunn.

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