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Facial recognition introduced to site entry systems

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Construction workers could soon be asked to enter and exit construction sites using facial recognition technology, as demand for contactless site entry systems gathers pace amid the covid-19 pandemic.

Biosite Systems has recently launched an entry system using the latest biometric technology that requires operatives to stand in front of a camera while their face is matched against a database before access is either granted or denied.

Biosite Facial Recognition is contactless, with no secondary authentication such as PIN entry required, and the facial matching process can be completed in less than 0.2 seconds. The matching process is also completed remotely, for increased security, accuracy and speed of throughput. Integrated temperature measurement is also an option, for sites looking to combine operative entry with mandatory fever screening.  

To allay concerns about security, operative data is not stored on the facial recognition camera device and is instead stored on a secure server. This also means that workforce data is visible across devices and sites, to enable companies to access information on workforce health and safety, efficiency and compliance at a group level, to impact performance improvements in real time. 

Li Wang, Biosite Systems MD, explained: “There is clearly interest in facial recognition technology in the age of covid-19, but for us it was important not to develop an ‘off the shelf’ solution and [rather] to offer something that focused on data integrity, accuracy and security, not just contactless site entry. 

“We approach facial recognition as simply another method of capturing workforce data and wanted to deliver a robust, integrated solution for customers where this is the preferred site access option. The Biosite Facial Recognition camera device is purely a mechanism for capturing workforce data, and the facial matching process and data storage takes place remotely, as opposed to any operative data being stored on the device itself, for additional security. This also enables a wider pool of data to be established via the Biosite software workflow, across devices and sites, so there is visibility of the workforce at a group level. This has always been our approach to workforce management and I’m pleased that we can now offer our customers a facial recognition solution that provides them with the same benefits and results they have come to expect from us.”   

Biosite Facial Recognition has been developed in-house and integrates with existing Biosite Access Control products and systems.  

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