FB pixel

BBC mulls biometric access control

Categories Biometrics News

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is discussing the implementation of a biometric access control system for its network of buildings.

Reported by FMWorld, Gary Hills, the BBC’s head of capital development said the new system has been discussed as part of an overhaul of security systems at the corporation. Hills made the comments while speaking at a panel discussion on the future of security in London.

“Access ID is used – not biometrics yet, but [we are] looking at it for the second phase,” Hills is reported to have said on the panel. “[We] think it will be more acceptable now as they have it in schools and colleges.”

Like any newsroom, particularly one the size of a national broadcaster’s, it’s rare that the only people inside are employees at any given time.

“We have to think about how you manage a public thoroughfare that might go through a news room,” Hills is quoted to have said. “We don’t want to evacuate thousands of people into Oxford Circus because of a handbag.”

As of yet, it is unclear if the BBC has selected a particular system, though it’s unlikely, as the implementation has not yet been confirmed.

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.

Article Topics


Latest Biometrics News


IOTA’s Web3 IDV project one of 20 projects invited to play in EU sandbox

The European Blockchain Regulatory Sandbox has selected the use cases to be featured in its second cohort of sandbox dialogues….


New eIDAS-Testbed runs first successful tests on European Digital Identity Wallet

The entourage forming around eIDAS continues to grow, as the EU regulation pushes Europe toward a digitized society activated through…


UK Peers slam Ofcom refusal to require biometric age estimation for under-13s

Ofcom’s draft Children’s Safety Code of Practice will leave millions of young people exposed to online harms the legislation behind…


Physical documents still crucial amid slow transition to digital IDs: Regula study

A recent study commissioned by Regula has concluded that digital IDs are not yet poised to replace physical documents in…


Decentralized biometric system proposed for privacy in ICRC aid distribution

Wouter Lueks, faculty member at the CISPA Helmholtz Center for Information Security in Germany explained a proposed system for digital…


Privado ID to tackle global demand for decentralized digital identity software on its own

Privado ID, previously known as Polygon ID, has officially separated from Polygon Labs to address the increasing global need for…


One Reply to “BBC mulls biometric access control”

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Most Read This Week

Featured Company

Biometrics Insight, Opinion

Digital ID In-Depth

Biometrics White Papers

Biometrics Events