April 26, 2013 -
Westfield Shopping Centers throughout Australia have implemented a biometric system which allows pre-approved users streamlined access to-and-from authorized center locations.
The system, based on Morse Watchman’s KeyWatcher key control and management system also integrates the National Work Authorization and Induction Training (NoWAIT) fingerprint recognition system.
Developed for Westfield by Blue Glue and its technology partner Morse Australia, the biometric security system known as Contractor and Visitor Validation System, works with existing KeyWatcher systems for secure issuance of keys to pre-authorized individuals while touchscreen video technology provides safety messaging to staff.
“Key control and management is an essential element in administering the security aspects of a large retail property,” Alan Jones, Director, BlueGlue P/L said. “The integrated solution we devised for Westfield puts together Morse Watchman’s state-of-the-art key control with biometric technology and real time, centralized remote monitoring for an optimized system to enhance the security of back-of-house and operational areas.”
Enrollment in the system is through fingerprint identification and a one-time registration allows access at any site in the program. The system additionally issues a durable identification wristband with the name, date and time stamp and all access activity is recorded for auditing purposes.
As we’ve reported previously, a recent market report estimates that the global electronic access control market will reach $16.3 billion by 2017, growing at a CAGR of 7% from 2012 to 2017. According to the report, the growth is mainly attributed to heightened security concerns backed by government and regulatory mandates, and biometrics is also a major contributor to this growth.