Access control with contactless biometrics and health screening deployments pile up
Contactless biometric systems are being rolled out at numerous businesses to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Idemia’s contactless fingerprint technology has been installed at a couple of large buildings in Australia, BioConnect has been selected for a campus in Canada, and Turing Video is reporting wide adoption of its body temperature scanner. VSBLTY has formed a new partnership to develop a safe workplace solution, Xecan’s healthcare-focused terminal works with masks, and Softworks has updated its terminal for manufacturers with temperature scanning.
Idemia’s MorphoWave contactless fingerprint biometrics have been deployed to a pair of prominent buildings in Sydney, Australia to improve the health safety of the access control systems.
The biometric devices have been installed at the Gateway and 100 Mount Street Dexus buildings by building manager Dexus, with over 30 MorphoWave units replacing swipe cards at the former.
MorphoWave devices take 3D scans of four fingers to match within a second, and features fake finger detection and banned user lists among its anti-fraud capabilities. Up to 50 people can be verified per minute, and the scanners are IP65 rated for indoor or outdoor use.
“Demand for contactless technology has risen as organisations look for ways to seamlessly manage high-traffic environments. With four-finger detection in 3D, high throughput rate, multifactor authentication and easy-to-use interface, our MorphoWave Compact device has become the benchmark for frictionless access in some of the most high-security buildings in the world. It is an honour for us to secure more and more buildings in Australia,” says Idemia Asia Pacific Head of Biometric Devices Rocky Chow.
BioConnect chosen by innovation hub
Toronto innovation hub MaRS Discovery District has selected BioConnect’s Wellness Declaration Solution as the COVID-19 screening tool to help it meet provincial government health mandates, which requires all workers and visitors be screened before entering a workplace.
The smartphone app integrates with access control systems to provide a “health status step up” mobile authentication request when the user attempts to enter the workplace.
MaRS selected BioConnect’s solution as a discrete, touchless technology that makes entry seamless yet secure, according to the announcement.
The Mobile Wellness Declaration solution from BioConnect was chosen to be part of Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster COVID-19 program in August.
VSBLTY partners on thermal screening kiosk
VSBLTY will contribute its facial recognition software to the development of a thermal screening solution in partnership with Kiosk Information Systems.
The Kiosk Entry Series hardware provides physical access control functionality with contactless, self-service technology, and the combined solution will feature mask detection, access control system integration, and scannable QR codes as an option to have users complete health surveys from their own devices.
The Entry Series also features a dual-camera sensor to measure body temperature and subject distance. The camera array provides anti-spoofing, and temperature accuracy within 0.5 degrees Celsius. The system supports opt-in employee recognition, policy-based entry, and secondary screening, and reports individuals’ temperatures to the operator.
“Customer feedback tells us some organizations will continue temperature screening safety protocols adopted during the COVID-19 pandemic as an ongoing best practice,” states Kiosk President Kim Kenney. “These added software features provide real solution staying power. The commercial release of this platform represents an important milestone for our partnership and we’re confident the solution will simplify best practices during the pandemic and beyond.”
Turing Video biometric body temperature scanner widely adopted
In response to a wave of workplace lawsuits related to COVID-19, Turing Video says its Turing Shield biometric body temperature scanner with a fully-encrypted data management platform allows businesses to reopen and perform contact tracing without breaking compliance with state and federal laws and guidelines.
The company says the Turing Shield is CDC-compliant and pending FDA approval.
The contactless body temperature scanning solution is accurate within 0.5 degrees Fahrenheit and completes scans in less than 0.1 seconds even in extreme background condition, Turing Video says.
“Since installing our systems, our Enterprise-level customers are able to put the necessary protocols and procedures in place to reopen with peace of mind that they are protected, their employees are protected, and they are fully in compliance with the latest best-practices and regulations,” says Turing Video VP of Marketing Yi Jin, Ph.D.
AT&T, Peloton, Alaska Airlines, the U.S. Veterans Administration, Ohio State, M&T Bank, and Albertsons Companies including Safeway are among more than 600 enterprise customers adopting Turing Video’s COVID-19 solution since its launch, according to the announcement.
Xecan enables touchless clinical processes for masked patients
Touchless clinic technology provider Xecan has announced that its EMR facial recognition system can identify and verify patients wearing masks.
The company claims its technology can help immunocompromised cancer patients complete treatment with less stress by reducing or eliminating physical interactions with objects and surfaces, whether they are wearing masks or not.
“When we started this company, our mission was clinic staff safety, patient safety, and treatment accuracy,” Xecan Relationship Manager Denise Lane states. “Although this continues to be our mission, what we have found is that in today’s COVID-19 environment, our touchless technology is even more important and in high demand. Our software can check patients in, as well as, verify their charts using facial recognition while their masks are on. As a result, we would like to do our part to reduce infection risks by ensuring each and every clinic has the option to implement our touchless technology with minimal costs during these trying times.”
Softworks launches multi-biometric and body temperature scanning terminal
Workforce management software provider Softworks has launched a contactless biometric body temperature scanning terminal as part of its time and attendance portfolio.
The terminals feature palm and face recognition, with an infrared camera for temperature detection the company says happens in real-time. The facial recognition feature works with masks, and the terminal provides an alert and temperature reading if an elevated temperature is detected.
“Many of our customers were already using biometric technology for Access Control and to record Employee Time and Attendance,” states Softworks UK Head of Business Development Robert Doherty-Bigara, according to MEM. “When Covid-19 hit we began looking at ways we could help them by providing an additional layer of health and safety to this process.”
The company says several manufacturing customers in the UK have already deployed the terminals.