Alcatraz Mask-Detection Feature Aims to Help Meet Safety Mandates

State mandates can dictate that individuals wear masks in any public building, on transportation and even outdoors when distancing rules are applied.

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — Alcatraz, developer of secure frictionless access control products, has released a mask-detection feature that can help businesses in states across the country abide by mandated mask requirements while preserving physical security processes.

As the country has experienced increasing COVID-19 cases, dozens of states — including California, New York, Texas, Illinois and Pennsylvania — are now requiring the use of facemasks as businesses and individuals return to work and commerce. Mask mandates can dictate that individuals must wear masks in any public building, on transportation, and even outdoors if you can’t remain six feet away from other individuals.

Mask requirements could present a safety issue for building operators as security systems that rely on security guards or video verification might currently require a bare face to authenticate entry. The Alcatraz Rock facial authentication platform’s new mask-detection feature can quickly indicate whether authorized access control users are abiding by state mandates, according to a press release.

“Not only are we navigating a new business environment as we deal with the global coronavirus pandemic, but we are also having to adjust our physical security to adapt to these changing requirements, as well,” states Alcatraz Founder and CEO Vince Gaydarzhiev.

He continues, “Alcatraz is an innovative facial authentication platform that complements existing security solutions to deliver highly-secure and frictionless entry into physical locations. Because our platform is so robust — and we develop solutions that adapt to the ever-changing needs of the physical security and technology industries — we have quickly produced a mask-detection feature that will help businesses comply with mask mandates and ensure that their physical security processes remain strong.”

The Alcatraz Rock is a touchless and secure physical access control platform that works with any access control system, according to the company. It is said to replace or augment badging as a credential with facial recognition, 3D sensing and artificial intelligence (AI) to enable highly secure and frictionless entry into physical locations.

The Rock uses passive 3D sensing, machine learning for increased security and accurate tailgating detection while intelligently enrolling employees as they badge in, according to the company.

The company says its solution is in the unique position as the hub on the edge between the badge reader and access control software, serving as the gateway by checking whether employees wear a mask even before their badge number is sent to unlock the door. This can eliminate the need for adding security guards to manually check and enforce face-mask compliance.

“Alcatraz is built up,” says Gaydarzhiev. “We have the technology to detect masks with trusted access control users, delivering them the smooth access control process they were previously accustomed to – even in demanding COVID times.”

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