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Biometrics and digital ID providers offer fever detection and free verifications for outbreak mitigation

Biometrics and digital ID providers offer fever detection and free verifications for outbreak mitigation

Technology companies continue to develop products and services tailored to the new identity requirements associated with pandemic mitigation measures. A pair of new biometric devices for physical access control have added fever detection capabilities, while free digital identity verification is being offered to organizations to help support the reduction of coronavirus transmission risk.

Physical access systems

The physical access system with biometric facial recognition from Oaro now includes an option for body temperature screening to meet global demand for temperature screening controls.

Oaro Access was launched in 2019, and combines facial biometrics and blockchain identity management to secure restricted areas. It performs multiple security checks in less than two seconds as the individual approaches the access point, according to the announcement.

The new feature includes analysis of trends over time for predictive analytics to improve workplace health and safety measures, a capability not present in most other temperature screening systems, the company says. Advanced encryption protects data to comply with global privacy laws.

“OARO shifted our operations to focus on building a protype solution when the COVID-19 pandemic began a few weeks ago. We knew that we could help, so we quickly sought investor and Board support to divert our best technical resources immediately to support the global efforts fighting COVID-19,” says Joel Leetzow, OARO’s President and CEO.

Oaro offers its access control technology for airports, financial service companies, government voting applications, and sporting venues. The company’s Chief Security Officer Daniel Faria is an advisor to the ICAO.

ZKTeco USA has launched a new Access Control Reader to combine fever detection with palm-vein and facial biometrics that work can identify individuals wearing surgical masks, the company has announced.

The new Speedface model SFP1008-WP+ provides 100 percent hands-free and hygienic door access, the company says, and can read body temperature to within 0.6 degrees Fahrenheit for a person up to two feet away. If a fever is detected, or if a mask is not detected, door access can be denied. Faces can be recognized up to eight feet away.

The terminal is IP68-rated and IK04 vandal resistant for indoor or outdoor use, and can store and match up to 50,000 faces and 5,000 palm templates with matching speed of less than 0.5 seconds. The SFP1008-WP+ also operates in total darkness or bright sunlight up to 50,000 Lux.

Free identity verification service

Veriff is responding to the outbreak with a pledge to provide 1 million free identity verifications to help ensure trust will limiting face to face interactions to a minimum. The company identifies as possible beneficiaries universities, marketplaces for volunteers helping people in need, and registries for fake accounts or quarantine data, as well as digital healthcare providers and organizations combating fake news.

“We decided to help nonprofits and foundations that could benefit from our technology as they are working hard despite the challenges presented by the pandemic and finding solutions to put a stop to it,” Veriff Founder and CEO Kaarel Kotkas explains. “We’re focusing on solutions and making different services accessible from distance. We are a force of good and would like to make a difference.”

The program will run for non-profits and foundations through the end of June.

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