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Biometrics providers offer solutions for health concerns during and after crisis


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The effects of the coronavirus outbreak on biometric identification systems are just beginning to be felt. While many implementations may be delayed or negatively impacted by public health concerns, some biometric technologies may be well-suited to help health systems and businesses make needed adjustments.

Telpo has continued to integrate new features into its facial recognition terminals to support a wide variety of contactless use cases.

The company has developed a family of terminals for catering, retail, payment, security, and other applications, after adding ticket validation technology to its biometric and fever-detecting terminals weeks ago. The technology supports accurate identification of up to 99.5 percent of people wearing face masks, detects body temperature to within 0.5 degrees Celsius, provides liveness with its binocular camera system, and supports unified data management and a variety of installation methods.

Telpo offers its solution in offline, online, and development versions, the latter including its SDK. The terminals protect individuals with contactless interaction, benefit managers with data monitoring and timely alerts, and help enterprises protect data privacy and company interests, according to the company announcement.

Invixium considers the fallout form the pandemic in a blog post, noting that the cancellation of ISC West and travel industry disruption show the severity of the crisis.

Questions about the hygiene of contact biometric systems are exacerbated by the crisis, but existed prior to it, and Invixium says it has answered them by reference to other shared surfaces. Like all surfaces which employees may come into contact with, it would be wise to take additional measures to ensure surfaces are sanitized, Invixium says. Abandoning biometric controls, however, may lead to disaster as malicious actors could use the crisis as an opportunity to exploit security weaknesses, and businesses operating on skeleton staff have a keen interest in ensuring the productivity of those still working.

The company was also already working to build out its contactless biometric offerings, such as its IXM TITAN facial recognition terminal.

A new facial recognition system with an integrated thermometer and IoT door sensors for touchless biometric access control has been launched by Ramco Systems, Hindustan Times reports.

The new RamcoGEEK also supports voice access control for businesses concerned about facial biometric data privacy, and provides access data to HR departments or management in real-time, including notifications if a person with a fever is detected.

“Robust containment through a robust attendance and access system with zero contact and temperature measurement can be key to avoid easy spread of the virus that may take place with (a) biometric access system,” says Virender Aggarwal, CEO of Ramco Systems.

Efforts to improve criminal investigation and immunization capabilities in developing countries will drive software for automated fingerprint identification systems (AFIS) to a $21.2 billion market size by 2027, making up over half of the overall AFIS market, a Transparency Market Research report from December shows.

The global AFIS market is expected to grow at an impressive CAGR of roughly 22 percent from 2019 to 2027, led by government and security agencies, but followed closely by the banking, financial services and insurance and healthcare sectors, according to the Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems Market: 2019-2027 report. Government and security agency systems are expected to make up nearly $15 billion from the market by the end of forecast period.

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