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Midwest security company offers access control with face and voice recognition


J. Becher & Associates Inc., an electrical contractor for commercial, industrial and residential industries, has been licensed to sell security software including face and voice recognition, developed by the Israeli military to patrol over Israeli-Palestinian borders.

This organization has been in the business of providing security to homes, apartment units, and commercial buildings for electricity, phone, internet and security systems. With this new FST21 software on hand, the company plans to use it for accessing doors at data centers, apartment complexes, retirement homes and new businesses in Minnesota.

The company has installed the new access system in the lobby of its own office. Jon Nelson, low voltage operations manager, in an article published in the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal, described it as “Mission Impossible stuff” as a 5-megapixel camera scans on the face of the person outside the door and matches it to the database of people allowed in the office. Once a match is made, the door clicks open. The process only takes seconds. For reference, the software can generate detailed log, both video and audio, showing anyone who comes in and out of the office, and when.

The new technology is expected to boost the company’s security installations from 15 percent to 30 percent of its total business, adding perhaps another million in revenue in 2012, on top of the $8 million revenue it generated in 2011. And it has its share of the market, being the sole licensee in the Midwest and the only one west of the Mississippi River.

This new technology will cost the clients upfront of about US$25,000 to more than US$100,000, depending on the number of cameras to be installed. While J. Becher thinks it is costly at first, the new security system with biometrics will benefit the clients in the long run as they can do away with security guard contracts, cut costs on keycards and IDs, among others.

J. Becher & Associates is excited to be offering this intelligent controlled access technology. As Nelson told the Business Journal, “We’re ready to let the world know that we’re jumping on the bandwagon with this futuristic technology that no one else has.”

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