Biometrics in the industrial complex
Although biometrics is a relatively new technology, and its wider implementation requires solving some problems, including issues related to legislation, the undoubted advantages of the technology contributes to its further spread.
In particular, biometrics is a less expensive solution for enterprises compared to many other identification options, and it is most convenient to use for customers and staff.
However, many people believe that this technology violates privacy, and the consequences of incorrect identification-especially in sectors such as law enforcement or banking — can be very serious.
According to the study «Global Contactless Biometrics Technology Market By Component, By Application, By End User, By Region, Industry Analysis and Forecast, 2020–2026» by ReportLinker, by 2026, the size of the global market for contactless biometrics technologies will reach $18.6 billion, increasing annually by 19.1 % in the forecast period.
The list of industries where biometrics as the main method of identification has become widespread is quite extensive, and it will continue to expand in the future. This list includes industry, including: automotive, financial services, healthcare, food and beverage supplies, hotel services, retail, border control, law enforcement, and education.
While fingerprint recognition continues to be the most popular method of identification, other biometric contactless technologies, such as voice, face and even vein pattern recognition, are also becoming more widespread.
The main impetus for the growing popularity of contactless biometric technologies was the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Contactless biometrics technology plays a crucial role in verifying personal data, providing users with access control without physical contact with the security infrastructure. Governments in many countries have stepped up the introduction of contactless biometric technologies in response to the ongoing spread of COVID-19. ReportLinker expects that this will also contribute to the growth of demand for contactless biometric technologies among government agencies for monitoring public safety.
Although the purpose of biometrics is to recognize people and ultimately guarantee security, its application in a specific industry or structure with general approaches has its own specifics, which should be taken into account by a software product developed for the industry taking into account its features.
In the arsenal of the company RecFaces there are a number of products designed for different use-cases, taking into account the characteristics of the enterprise. The company currently sticks to the vendor model, within the framework of which it develops so-called boxed solutions that are as convenient as possible for the customer.
For example, the Id-Welcome solution, which «greets» a visitor to an office or enterprise at the entrance, allows you to display a welcome message on the screen after identifying him, provide him with the information he needs at the moment, etc. The solution can be used to notify different categories of employees about upcoming events or provide targeted information for a specific specialist.
When a visitor crosses a checkpoint, the company can use the Id-Gate solution for his identification, which allows checking access rights using biometric identification by face or together with traditional identifiers — electronic passes, access keys, etc., which reduces the probability of unauthorized persons entering the object to almost zero. Cameras / terminals «capture» the biometric data of the visitor, after which the system compares the data with those available in the database and makes a decision on his admission to the territory of the object.
The Id-Guard system allows you to track the further movement of an employee or guest around the site, with the help of which you can distribute people into the categories «stop list», «employees», «visitors of the organization», etc. with the appropriate access rights to various parts of the object. In case of unauthorized access, the operator immediately receives a notification. The system also allows you to keep records of visitors and staff of the facility, and monitor their movement.
Employees may have the same physical access rights, but different access to data. The Id-Login solution helps to monitor compliance with such restrictions, which can also work under the «double check» scenario, when entering a password must be confirmed by biometric recognition.
All of the above solutions, as well as all the products offered by RecFaces, can be easily integrated with the access control and management systems available to enterprises (ACS).
RecFaces Company regularly conducts free training for its partners on more than 10 software products, for each of which a separate online course is offered.