Johnson Controls introduces face biometric access control device for secure workplaces

Johnson Controls, a United States-based smart cities and sustainable buildings technology provider, has launched a facial biometric identity recognition device aimed at ensuring high-level physical access security at work places.

According to the company, the face recognition solution, known as Tyco Illustra Insight, is designed to smoothly capture the movement and activities of people in buildings and other places open to the public. Premised on artificial intelligence and imbued with a strong cybersecurity system, Tyco Illustra Insight is an effortless system that can be used without disrupting the flow of activities within a given environment, the announcement says. It is also integrated into OpenBlue, Johnson Controls dynamic platform for connected smart buildings solutions.

Johnson Controls said in a statement that the new system provides a way for authorized people to smoothly move around buildings, places and spaces, yet provides security personnel with a highly-effective biometric solution for controlling and visually verifying who has access to restricted areas.

The device features biometric facial recognition with anti-spoofing technology provided by a dual-lens infrared and RGB camera. The Tyco Illustra Insight’s facial recognition technology can also accurately identify multiple people approaching an area at the same time from up to three meters away, and can capture a wide field of view, including wheelchair users and taller users from the same installed height.

Versatile access management components include a built-in audio-messaging system integrated with light-emitting diode (LED) properties that inform persons if they are allowed access to the area they are approaching.

“The range of applications where our new technology will be able to significantly contribute to enhancing a safer working environment is extremely wide and varied. In healthcare and cleanroom environments, Tyco Illustra Insight removes the need for access control cards or buttons to be pushed, both of which are highly relevant to our customers amid the pandemic and beyond,” said Rafael Schrijvers, who leads Access Control Product Management and Security Products at Johnson Controls.

In places like airports, the solution is tailored to handle risks around security-sensitive areas such as tailgating thanks to its artificial intelligence-based innovative combination of access control and video surveillance technologies. Tyco Illustra Insight can also be integrated with OpenBlue Healthy Buildings solutions to enable contact tracing, social distance monitoring, and other automated video access and control applications.

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