Contact-less Access Control and Identification Solution

written by Andrew Kamau

The new sheriff in town is no longer your night nurse on the radio station or maybe it is. What about social distancing? Keeping a sustained distance between yourself and others has been declared the best way to avoid contracting or spreading COVID-19. The second canon is avoiding close contact or generally skin contact. Thus, we no longer shake hands, those friendly hugs even if you are crying are a no-go zone, the motherly peck on the forehead has disappeared and the hard shoulder from my rugby buddy replaced by footwork.

I have been incited by workplace tendencies to infringe on the social distance and reduced contact policies to write on contactless access controls and contactless biometrics. The supermarket attendant calling for “password” from the line manager, the lift buttons, the time attendance gadget at the office and the ATM keypad to name but a few essential infringements to avoiding contact.

Radio frequency cards can be issued to supermarket attendants and the fingerprint reader replaced with the old card reader or NFC devices until the day COVID-19 is defeated. This could look like a backward step, but it is worth more than closing your supermarket chain for weeks with the whole team you included taken ill, isolated and hospitalized.

Face Recognition provides great and effortless user experience. Social gathering is prohibited but not at your office entrance as you queue to punch your fingers on those biometric readers. Face recognition not only provides contactless identification but also reduces the identification time. It is so effortless that it makes you feel like Superman walking through a closed door and reduces the congregation at your entrance. If you feel that your twin brother will access you house in your absence since you look alike to the letter, then go a notch higher and adopt Iris recognition. Iris recognition is a biometric modality which captures a photo of the eye pattern, converts the photo to a binary template and then saves the data to a server for future matching. Iris cameras are used to recognize an individual’s unique identity by analyzing the random, unique patterns which visibly appear inside their eye from a certain distance. It utilizes multiple technologies including optics, statistical conclusions, pattern recognition, and computer vision. These two technologies are effortless and seamless thus very effective for entrances requiring swift identification without compromising security.

Automatic Identification Plate Recognition is another technology that not only reduces the time taken on vehicle registration at a premise entrance but also avoids pressing the barrier button or sharing of one pen by thousands of users visiting an office block or shopping complex. Various vendors have developed systems that integrates this technology with access controls, cameras and paying solutions. Thus, once you visit a mall the barrier just pops up and alas you are in and once you pay the access/parking fee, the barrier at the exit pops at the sight of your plates. Seamless! No Hustle! No Contact!

Palm Vein recognition, biometric device reads the internal vascular pattern of your palm. These patterns are unique to each individual and exist underneath the skin layer, which cannot be forged thereby making it most secure compared to other biometric technology. This new technology is very good for the supermarket guy, office time attendance and various personal identification.

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