If you’ve ever watched a sci-fi action movie, you might be familiar with the scene of someone scanning their eye or fingerprint in order to pass through a door. While this is a common trope in outlandish movies, using biometrics for access control will soon become our reality. In fact, it’s been happening, especially with face recognition due to COVID-19 and a new need for contactless entry. But even though the virus will eventually go away, face recognition access control will still remain.
The main advantage of using face recognition access control is that it is more secure. Anyone can learn how to pick a lock with some online research and practice. In addition, it’s easy for a key to be lost, stolen, duplicated, etc. The last thing you want is to have your key land into the hands of the wrong person and be a threat to your safety and assets. Key cards are a step above keys since they can’t be easily duplicated, but they can be lost or stolen as well.
Face recognition access control is a lot more secure because you can’t duplicate or lose a face. Only the person whose face is registered as an authorized person will be able to enter. There is a concern that you can easily fool face recognition devices by showing pictures or videos of the authorized person, but many devices (like ours) are equipped with anti-spoofing technology to prevent this.
Automates Entry Management
Another reason why a lot of places are shifting towards using face recognition access control is because it automates entry management. Before, businesses would have to hire security guards to check every person’s credentials to ensure that only authorized people are let in. Doing this means a lot of money being spent on labor costs, especially if there are multiple points of entry that require more guards. Additionally, security guards are prone to human error; they can be easily distracted to allow someone to sneak by or talked into letting the wrong person in.
Using face recognition access control doesn’t require any manpower because all of the entry management can be done by the access control device. Instead of having a security guard there to verify every person’s credentials, each person can just scan their face with the device and automatically be granted or denied access. This method is more secure and efficient.
Provides More Convenience
Besides offering more security, face recognition access control provides more convenience and scalability when it comes to managing authorized people. As mentioned before, keys and key cards are problematic because they can easily be lost. If an authorized person lost or left their key at home, they might have to deal with a lengthy process just to confirm their identity. Not only that, the business would have to change their locks in case someone tries to use the lost key or take time to deactivate and make a new access card.
In comparison, face recognition is a lot more convenient to manage. Since faces can’t be duplicated or lost, there will be no issues concerning an employee forgetting their key or an unauthorized person trying to gain entry using someone else’s credentials. Additionally, it’s a lot easier to manage each person’s level of access. If you want to give a few employees access into more rooms, then you can set that up in the system with just a few clicks. If you were using keys, then you’d have to make multiple copies of each corresponding room and distribute them to the right people.
Face recognition access control became a necessity due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but it will still be needed post-virus and will become even more commonplace in the near future. This method offers more benefits besides contactless entry; it also provides more security and makes entry management easier. If you’re interested in adapting to the future now, then contact one of our sales consultants today.