Johnson Controls has announced the launch of Tyco Illustra Insight, an intelligent frictionless access management solution.

The company says the solution is designed for work environments where there is a requirement for a high level of security without disrupting the constant flow of employees, contractors and visitors.

Enabled by artificial intelligence and deep learning algorithms, Tyco Illustra Insight is said to combine the functionality of access control management software and a leading-edge facial recognition camera to simultaneously recognize multiple people as they approach an entrance.

The device’s integrated LEDs, combined with audible ‘Welcome/Deny’ messaging ensure employees, contractors and visitors intuitively know if they are authorized to enter an area.

Anti-spoofing technology utilizes 2 lenses and a combination of IR and RGB video to distinguish between an actual person and a printed image or video of them.

Faces can be accurately detected from up to 3 metres away, with simultaneous multi-face processing in less than 1 second, improving the flow of approved users. The cameras can be deployed at the optimal height of 5 to 6 feet for facial recognition within a wide field of view and varying heights, including wheelchair and taller users.

Johnson Controls says the solution can negate the risk of card sharing and tailgating into security sensitive areas at airports. In addition to facial recognition, Illustra Insight can flag persons of interest for an integrated access control system to action; for instance, generating an alert when a VIP is identified.

Tyco Illustra Insight is part of the OpenBlue dynamic platform from Johnson Controls which, through its OpenBlue Healthy Buildings set of solutions, which is said to provide access to technology, such as smart equipment, infection control, contact tracing and social distance monitoring and other connected devices to make shared spaces safer, agile and more sustainable.

OpenBlue was designed with agility, flexibility and scalability in mind to enable buildings to become dynamic spaces for customers that deliver environments that have memory, intelligence and unique identity, according to the company.

In addition to integrating with Johnson Controls access control brands, the Tyco Illustra Insight solution can also be interconnected to any access control system with on-board traditional and modern wiring protocols.

Additional features include:

* Sleek form factor with full colour customizable LED light ring and configurable audible messages

* 2-piece design of Tyco Illustra Insight ensures that the network interface is in a safe, protected area, with encrypted protocols used to ensure secure communications between the Tyco Illustra Insight camera head and the Insight control unit

* Tyco Illustra Insight has been engineered in line with the Johnson Controls OpenBlue Cyber Solutions Product Security Program, designed to minimize the possibility of introducing vulnerabilities into electronic security solutions.