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Johnson Controls and Alcatraz partner to deliver frictionless access control

Facial authentication AI solutions combined with advanced access control create safer, healthier, more connected building environments

January 5, 2021  By  SP&T Staff

Johnson Controls and Alcatraz AI have collaborated to provide a comprehensive suite of AI-powered security solutions and services to meet the need for frictionless entry and advanced building security.

“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, in a prepared statement. “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.”

According to a company statement, the Alcatraz Rock software employs real-time facial mapping and neural networks to automatically enroll an individual based on any current access control methods. The integration 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, AI technology 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,” said 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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