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Facial recognition trial completed at South Korea government complex


South Korea’s Government Buildings Management Office is ramping up security at public buildings with a facial recognition system following a high-profile illegal entry at one of its offices last year.

According to a Korea Bizwire report, the system, developed by local IT company SysOne, so far covers 186 gates at four complexes and is responsible for monitoring some 32,000 employees and 6,000 daily visitors. The Government Buildings Management Office is officially implementing the access control system after the success of a one-month trial.

Officials report that the accuracy rate of the $1.92M USD system has reached 99.4 percent, which they believe is a stable enough rate for the technology to be officially launched.

“We’ll make some final improvements on the system, and begin its official operation starting next month,” said GBMO Director of Management You Seung-kyong. “We understand that the tougher security procedure may be more inconvenient, but we ask for everyone’s cooperation.”

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