Smart building company Johnson Controls and Alcatraz have collaborated to provide a comprehensive suite of artificial-intelligence-powered security solutions and services to meet the growing need for frictionless entry and advanced building security.
The new offering combines Johnson Controls’ own data-powered access control technology with Alcatraz’s advanced facial authentication platform, the Alcatraz Rock.
When integrated with Johnson Controls access control technology, the Alcatraz Rock and its analytics provide building managers with advanced protection for their facilities’ security operations, Johnson Controls said. The Alcatraz Rock software employs real-time facial mapping and deep neural networks to automatically enroll an individual based on any current access control methods, allowing for “instant” one-factor recognition authentication, according to the company.
Johnson Control noted that this integration “completely replaces” standard badging practices with frictionless, hands-free access, allowing businesses and organizations to safely reopen by minimizing person-to-person contact at major entry points, and can even provide AI-powered mask detection. In addition, the AI technology can instantly identifies and alerts security personnel to entry abnormalities, the company added.
“The ability to respectfully monitor who is accessing your building is crucial,” said John Hudson, vice president and general manager of security at Johnson Controls. “Facial recognition technology allows us to offer our customers an extra level of protection and provide the peace of mind of knowing exactly who is entering and exiting their facilities. Johnson Controls is more committed than ever to providing our customers with the tools and integrations needed to make buildings smarter, safer, and more connected.”
“Frictionless entry is critical to public health right now, and this partnership allows us to take it to the next level by combining our leading facial authentication technology with Johnson Controls security solutions,” said Vince Gaydarzhiev, CEO and founder of Alcatraz. “From advanced tailgating detection to automatic employee check-in, the Alcatraz Rock makes hands-free entry possible while simultaneously making your building a safer place to live and work.”
Last month, Johnson Controls and Microsoft announced a global collaboration to “digitally transform” how buildings and spaces are conceived, built and managed.
As a key partner for Azure Digital Twins, Johnson Control’s OpenBlue Digital Twin is a platform that will support the entire ecosystem of building and device management technologies with digital cloud technologies.
Microsoft’s Azure Digital Twins is the newest Azure platform service integrated into Johnson Controls OpenBlue platform. Johnson Control describes its platform as one that turns the physical world into computable objects that will enable customers to create detailed digital versions of physical buildings, assets and systems.
Digital twins are digital replicas of physical entities capable of providing an in-depth analysis of data and the potential to monitor systems to mitigate risks, manage issues and utilize simulations to test future solutions. Additionally, building managers are able to support COVID-19 safety and security protocols, while ensuring efficient use of energy and other facility resources.