Contactless biometric access control offerings launched as HID report highlights aging physical systems

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Contactless biometric access control offerings launched as HID report highlights aging physical systems

Idemia has launched a new facial recognition solution providing physical access and time and attendance controls, which the company says along with its MorphoWave offering confirms its leadership in contactless access control solutions.

VisionPass identifies people on-the-move in less than a second in all light conditions from a wide range of heights and angles for a frictionless hands-free experience, according to the company. The solution includes 2D, 3D, and infrared cameras, detects spoofing attempts, and works with faces from all ethnicities and changes such as new beards, according to a promotional video.

The hardware is IP65 rated for resistance for protection from dust and water.

“Our way of living has been drastically impacted during the last few weeks and months, creating completely new requirements for a contactless approach when it comes to accessing public or private spaces,” says Yves Portalier, executive vice president of the Biometric Devices & Automotive Business Unit at Idemia. “Our contactless devices for access control answer these new requirements by offering both a hygienic and frictionless experience to users.”

STid and Nedap partner

STid and Nedap have partnered to launch a physical access control solution with card-based biometrics or user smartphones.

STid’s Architect readers and software have been integrated with Nedap’s AEOS platform for optional one, two, or three-factor identification. The combined solution provides enhanced security, and cost effectiveness based on an optimized infrastructure, according to the announcement.

“Our workshops did enable us to test the integration of Architect readers, also with biometric options and Stid Mobile Virtual cards. Mutually we can easily say, STid and Nedap hardware are a perfect match,” explains Nedap Integration Manager Wesley Keegstra.

DoorBird integrates ekey fingerprint technology

A new IP video door intercom featuring fingerprint biometrics has been launched by DoorBird.

Based on the D2101FV EKEY smart door station, the new offering integrates fingerprint technology from ekey biometric systems GmbH. The device is made of stainless steel, includes an IP video camera with a wide-angle lens and night vision, a loudspeaker including echo and noise suppression, a configurable motion sensor and an RFID reader, the company says.

The station is managed through an open API interface, and can be integrated with third-party building and home automation platforms.

HID says 15 percent of companies use biometric access control

“The 2020 State of Physical Access Control Report” from HID Global paints a fairly bleak picture of enterprise security, with most systems in use at least three years old, and most businesses do not plan to replace them within the next year, if at all.

The use of biometrics as a factor in physical access control has increased slightly from 2017 to 2019, according to the report, and identification applications within access control systems have remained steady, but logical access control, time and attendance systems, and security guard tour apps are all used less than two years prior. All remain more common than biometrics in access control systems, however, which are used by fewer than 15 percent of organizations.

“Taking advantage of features in new technologies” is considered a challenge by 39 percent of security directors, which may partially explain why biometrics are so infrequently used.

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