PAC has announced the availability of its new contactless, hands-free request to exit (RTE) button, which will support organisations with the post-lockdown return to work. With strict hygiene measures and employee safety now more important, access control systems have a role to play in preventing the spread of infection. PAC’s contactless RTE will help to reduce the number of potential contact points within a building.
‘Before the lockdown, contactless and hands-free technology was often considered a luxury rather than a necessity, but that situation is changing quickly now that employees are returning to their workplaces,’ stated Pete England, PAC’s global product manager. ‘We intend to do as much as we can to facilitate hygienic workplaces and help organisations meet new safety standards during this time. Our contactless RTE technology reduces the possibility of cross-contamination and protects occupants, while also lowering the amount of surfaces that need to be regularly cleaned.’
Cost-effective and easy to install, the contactless RTE button fits into a standard single-gang electrical backbox, with simple wiring into PAC controllers. Where an existing push-to-exit button is in place, the contactless RTE can be retrofitted in minutes. The infrared technology is designed to prevent interference with other infrared devices located on-site. Housed in a stainless steel faceplate, a prominent two colour LED changes from red to green when a successful request has been identified. It is also dust and water resistant to IP65.
Ideal for use in a range of applications, the contactless and hands-free RTE can even detect hands when gloves are being worn. It limits the threat of transference of disease, infections and dirt between users, and with an adjustable latch time from 0.5 to 20 seconds, can also be used as part of a social distancing policy.