Contactless biometrics and temperature screening launched and deployed to prevent COVID-19 spread

Contactless biometrics and temperature screening launched and deployed to prevent COVID-19 spread

Clear and Digital Ally have signed up new customers for their technologies developed to stem the spread of COVID-19, among a series of related biometrics and temperature scanning announcements. Several apartment buildings in Japan are deploying biometrics as they seek to reduce contact with common surfaces, and new hardware has been launched by SwipeClock for biometric workforce management and by Glory Star for temperature screening at business entrances.

MGM Resorts International is deploying digital identity technology including face biometrics from Clear to manage body temperature checks, rapid COVID-19 testing and health screening as it bids to return closer to a normal level of business, Bloomberg reports.

The technology, which was used to prevent outbreaks by the National Hockey League, will be used in conjunction with a 20-minute rapid COVID test, according to the report.

As the largest operator of casinos on the Las Vegas Strip, MGM has been hit hard by a huge drop in visitors. Visitors to the city were down 55 percent in July from the same month in 2019.

Clear Health Pass uses selfie biometrics to preserve the security and privacy of sensitive health data held on the user’s mobile device.

Across the ocean in Japan, the property management industry is also upgrading its technology investments, building biometric facial recognition into access control systems for doors in common areas and implementing smartphone-based controls for elevators, Nikkei Asia reports.

Nikkei reports on three different projects underway in the vicinity of Tokyo Station.

One of the three integrates the facial recognition access control system with the elevator system to determine which floor the resident needs to be taken to without any additional input.

SwipeClock and Glory Star launch contactless biometric devices with body temperature screening

SwipeClock has launched a touchless biometric timeclock with integrated thermal scanning to provide safe and secure time and attendance tracking and COVID-19 spread prevention with facial recognition.

The new SwipeClock Vision integrates with the SwipeClock WorkforceHUB, a comprehensive SaaS HR solution for SMBs. The new solution’s facial recognition technology works with employees wearing masks, identifying them based on exposed facial features.

“Because employee safety is paramount, businesses need a touchless timeclock that is easy to use and provides the security and reliability of biometric authentication for clocking employees in and out,” states Coleman Barney, CEO of SwipeClock. “SwipeClock Vision with facial detection has raised the bar on workplace hygiene by offering touchless operation that’s faster than any other method. With SwipeClock Vision, companies will be able to keep their workforces safe without losing the reliability of previous clocks.”

Glory Star has expanded its contactless TAURI Temperature Check Tablet line, which includes face biometrics for staff or visitor identity verification, with a new 7-inch version.

The Android-based tablet features dual cameras, including a high-quality infrared sensor, IP65-rated waterproofing, an anti-glare and touch-capacitive display, and TCP/IP relay connectivity, according to the announcement. If a high body temperature or unknown person is detected, the tablet can display a customized message.

The company suggests its deployment in restaurants and retail, outdoor venues, and high-security applications.

Digital Ally sells more temperature screening units

Digital Ally has announced the sale of 42 of its ThermoVu contactless body temperature screening units to Linn County, Kansas, for deployment at various county buildings.

The recently-launched solution with optional biometric facial recognition will be deployed to the courthouse, county offices, senior’s centers, parks and marinas, schools and other public areas to detect high temperatures among staff and visitors.

“During these unprecedented times we have taken on the responsibility to provide municipalities and the citizens they serve with the necessary tools needed to fight COVID-19,” says Stan Ross, CEO of Digital Ally. “The ThermoVu unit is a highly versatile device that can be used in many situations. We are proud to partner with Linn County in taking the steps to provide a safe working and living environment for its citizens.”

Soccer club Sporting Kansas City also recently deployed ThermoVu to screen fans returning to live events after a long layoff due to COVID-19.

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