Smart Glasses Enhance Access Security for Buildings

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014
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Google’s new smart glasses have made their opening foray into the realm of property security with the development of a software application for controlling access to entranceways.

While the use of smart glasses in the construction and property sectors has thus far focused chiefly on enhancing the ability of designers, builders and buyers to envisage still incomplete projects, the hi-tech wearable devices could have radical implications for the security management of completed facilities.

The new software application, developed by Brivo Labs, capitalises upon this still unexploited potential by enabling managers to control access to facilities with far greater convenience and ease via the use of Google’s innovative smart glasses.

OKDoor is an application which enables users to exercise physical access control with Google Glasses, and is believed to be one of the first integrated on the markets to provide such a function.

The application issues a notification to a wearer of a wearer of the glasses who is located within a building that a persons or persons outside is attempting to obtain access.

The application then accesses a snapshot of the individual and displays it to the wearer via Google Glass, in order for him or her to determine whether or not the entrant should be granted or refused access.

Should the wearer decide to grant access to the aspiring entrant, the program can unlock the door with a mere tap of his smart glasses.

“We are excited to reinforce our leadership position in the social access management space and show innovative examples of how we merge current technologies with traditional security and access control,” said Lee Odess, vice president of marketing for Brivo Systems. “OKDoor is a prime example of the convergence of these two areas.”

The release of the new software application arrives just as developers turn to wearable devices such as the Google Glass as potentially revolutionary tools in their efforts to develop smarter homes and facilities.

The integration of smart glasses into Wi-Fi or Z-wave networks could soon enable users to control a plethora of functions for homes, buildings and other facilities with enhanced ease, possibly even dispensing with the need for unwieldy manual operation.


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