A new app called “Contactless Access” by Protodev Canada allows users to open and operate specially adapted doors and public elevators touch-free, simply by using their smartphones (via CTV News). “No one wants to touch buttons anymore,” said Ke Wang, inventor of the new app.
The app, which should prove quite useful during the COVID-19 pandemic, got its start a couple of years ago as a tool to help with accessibility. “I’m in a power wheelchair myself. So, when I go into shops and stuff like that, it’s a bit of a pain in the butt to open doors,” said Wang.
He saw the need to open doors remotely, but it was an elevator at Carleton University that needed a solution. His Contactless Access app not only solved that problem but is also helping people stay contact-free when operating elevators or doors during the pandemic.
Canada’s largest airport has already started using the tech in six elevators on a trial basis.
“What it is done in a pandemic environment, is given us another way to help create a more touch-less and frictionless airport,” says Robin Smith, spokesperson for Toronto’s Pearson Airport.
“Here at Toronto Pearson, we’ve made a commitment to try any advanced or innovative technological solution that could have a positive impact for the health and safety of our airport community.”
The technology has also been installed at select properties owned by the National Capital Commission in the ByWard market.