Facial recognition technology can revolutionise how staff clock in and clock out
Imagine walking into a building that knows who you are; a building that automatically grants you access (no door pass required) and logs you in/out securely, quickly and accurately. It’s no wonder that today’s smartest companies are ditching old-fashioned key cards and ID badges, replacing them with powerful facial-recognition technology.
Modern 3D face recognition security systems work from a distance. Thanks to a combination of cutting-edge hardware and software, it only takes a split second to identify people, reducing queues, boosting safety (by keeping an accurate record of who is in the building), all while flagging up potential undesirables to security staff.
The security potential for face recognition is clear. As Allied Market Research reported: “In the year 2015, homeland security contributed the highest revenue share, accounting for around 21% of the overall market revenue.” And that’s only the start. There are several key benefits to building facial recognition technology into the heart of a modern building access control system.
No More Lost Key Cards
Using facial recognition technology means that your employees don’t need to carry a physical key card or key fob to get into your office. Not only can these physical access passes be lost or forgotten, they could be shared or stolen, potentially allowing unauthorised people to access your building.
A Reduction in Human Error
Sadly, even the best security guards are only human. Machines don’t turn a blind eye to a colleague who has forgotten their door pass, they don’t get tired, distracted, or need a break. Asking a guard to maintain a vigilant state for up to eight hours a day is an impossible request. But for a facial recognition system, it’s par for the course.
An automated system can also speed up building access, eliminating the time it takes for an employee to find and present a key card, thereby reducing morning and afternoon bottlenecks.
Easy 24/7 Access
As we’ve mentioned, facial recognition technology is always-on, capable of working around the clock at no extra cost. Not only does this allow 24/7 access to a building, but you can even control who has access at specific times. As every visitor is automatically logged and captured on video as they arrive, you get an unparalleled overview of who is in your building should an incident occur.
An End to ‘Buddy Punching’
Buddy punching is a practice where one employee asks another to clock in or out on their behalf, cheating the access system to leave early or to make it appear that they have worked longer hours. In addition to costing a business money, buddy punching can cause a real headache if there is a fire and emergency services waste time searching for someone who isn’t there. With a facial recognition system and a real-time occupancy overview this isn’t possible, and you will always know exactly who is in the building at any one time.
As we mentioned earlier, as well as granting access to people who should be in your building, facial recognition systems can flag up people who shouldn’t be there. It can’t be fooled. So, known thieves or trouble makers won’t be able to gain access, even if they encounter a new guard or they know someone in the office willing to let them in. Unlike key cards, faces aren’t interchangeable and unrecognised visitors can be highlighted to security staff quickly and quietly, the moment they walk through the door.
No More Faked Key Cards
The kind of person who can create a realistic-looking fake ID to con their way into your business is likely to be the kind of person you most want to stop. While most photo ID cards can be faked, facial recognition technology isn’t so easily fooled. In short, if your ‘face print’ isn’t on the company whitelist, you’re not coming in.
Click here to find out more about the VIA Smart Access Control System and how we can help you get started.