Facial recognition system to protect government buildings in South Korea

According to a report in The Korea Herald, South Korea’s government is ramping up security at public buildings by installing a facial recognition system following a high-profile illegal entry at one of its offices earlier this year.

A man using a stolen identification card illegally entered a government building in central Seoul a total of five times from February through March to tamper with the results of the civil service exam he took. He later stole two other ID cards.

The new system is to be implemented later this year and works by granting access to areas by comparing physical characteristics already stored in a computer or memory device with that of the person wanting to enter a facility.

About 32,000 regular employees and 6,000 visitors enter the four government complexes in the country every day.

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