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Biometric Security And 2020 Access Control Trends

Biometric Security and 2020 Access Control Trends

Businesses around the world share a common conundrum. They need to protect their premises, equipment and other assets and valuables that are kept on-site. This means a robust, comprehensive and multifaceted approach to security and utilizing the latest in biometric security.

Rigorous security can bring challenges as well as assurances. Stops and checks can contribute to a bottlenecking of operational efficiency, slowing organizations down and potentially reducing employee productivity.

The introduction of biometric security into the access market has proven an effective counter to security and productivity vulnerabilities – it is also one of the biggest trends we have seen in access control since keycards were introduced.

The Beauty of Biometrics


Biometric solutions remove the element of human error from security breaches. By reading the physiological features of key personnel via fingerprint reading, facial recognition, iris recognition, etc. biometric security eliminates the need for swipe cards, fobs or keys – items can be lost, stolen, or borrowed by unauthorized personnel.

Biometric security measures are also designed to grant quick and easy access to the people who need it. There’s no stalling while people fumble around for keys or cards. Nobody needs to dash back to their desk to see if they’ve left their fob in a drawer. There are no passwords or PIN numbers to be forgotten.

(Recommended Read: How Does Biometric Access Control Work?)

Biometric Technology is Evolving

Many of us consider biometric security to be something relatively new and innovative. But the rudiments of the technology have actually been around since before the second world war.

Iris recognition goes as far back as the 1930s while manual fingerprint recognition studies go back even further to the late 1800s. It was in the ‘80s and ‘90s that great strides forward were made in making these technologies available and applicable to the security industry.

It stands to reason, then, that while fingerprint and iris recognition have only become commonplace in the world of access control fairly recently, there are rumblings in the biometric world of even more exciting technologies that are even now becoming an integral part of enterprise security and access control all over the world.

Let’s take a look at some exciting access control trends that are likely to boom in 2020.

AI and “Deep learning” Facial Recognition


Facial recognition has become increasingly talked about and used recently. If you have a new smartphone, there’s a good chance that you already use facial recognition technology every day. Facial recognition technology is evolving rapidly with the application of AI and machine learning.

FaceSentinel developed by Aurora, for example, represents a giant leap forward in facial recognition access control. It leverages AI and ‘deep learning’, to evolve without the need for external updates. Indeed, its developer claims that its capabilities evolve at a rate 13 times faster than equivalent systems which are updated externally.

The FaceSentinel system is appealing to a wide range of industries, too as it can be integrated with virtually any existing access control system. It reads faces using infrared light and is powered by sophisticated AI that its developers claim that it is unmatched in speed, reliability and accuracy.

Voice Recognition

The unique tones of our voices are as individual as our fingerprints, face or eyes. There are already sophisticated voice recognition systems that can grant access to a range of important services by detecting the idiosyncrasies of voice and comparing it to sonic patterns kept on file.

An impersonator might be good enough to fool a human ear but no impersonator, however gifted, can replicate the unique mappings of the human larynx nose and mouth and how they shape the quality of voice when air is expressed through them.

Commercial bank HSBC is a notable adopter of this technology, announcing a few years back that it planned to launch combination voice recognition and touch security services in their UK branches for up to 15 million of their customers.

Walk This Way


The world of biometrics is not limited to physical features like faces and fingerprints. It also encompasses the unique ways in which we move.

While, like our voices, our walk can be copied, sophisticated software can recognize a human walk even when a conscious effort is being made to change it. This technology can also potentially monitor the physical signs of suspicious behavior.

However, due to the margin of error, this is unlikely to become a self-contained access control measure and will likely be used in conjunction with other scanning technologies such as facial and / or voice recognition.

Still, it’s an extra security redundancy that many will likely consider worth implementing.

The Internet of Things and Greater Connectivity


With the increasing uptake in IoT enabled device use, we can assume that this will also have implications for security and access control in 2020.

As security and non-security devices become better connected, there is a potential for the sharing of data and the gathering of intelligence between devices. This data can provide business owners with a more comprehensive and detailed overview of their security measures and overall operations.

(Recommended Read: How an Access Control System can Benefit Your Business)

New Applications

As well as new biometric access control technologies to consider in 2020 we should also consider the growing security needs of emerging markets.

The emerging US cannabis industry, in light of fairly recent legalization in some states, faces a range of state-level security-compliance considerations.

These new businesses will need to cater to their growing market while also focusing on their specific access control needs in the growing, handling, storage and transportation of their products. This means robust security systems in terms of premise access control and also in terms of surveillance and system documentation.

Partnerships are the Key to Success

Make sure your business has a security partner who understands your unique access control needs and can recommend biometric solutions that will provide your employees with the access they need without slowing your operation down.

Click below to contact the security experts at TED Systems. We can help you find the right system for your organization.

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