Johnson Controls, Alcatraz AI Partner to Provide Hands-Free Access Solutions

Johnson Controls says the combination of facial authentication AI solutions and access control will create safer, healthier building environments.

MILWAUKEE — Johnson Controls and Alcatraz AI, a developer of secure frictionless access control products, have collaborated to provide a  suite of AI-powered security solutions and services.

Leveraging its own data-powered access control technology combined with Alcatraz AI’s facial authentication platform, the Alcatraz Rock, Johnson Controls offers solutions to protect occupants and assets from building intruders and enable healthier hands-free entry, according to the company.

Alcatraz AI is said to enhance Johnson Controls’ offerings to customers, creating a richer ecosystem of products and services and a timely response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The ability to respectfully monitor who is accessing your building is crucial,” says 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.”

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.

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.

This integration is said to completely replace 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. Additionally, AI technology instantly identifies and alerts security personnel to entry abnormalities.

“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,” says Vince Gaydarzhiev, CEO and founder of Alcatraz AI. “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.”

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