Biometrics and the Future of Contactless Access

Covid-19 has brought about huge technological changes throughout the world, from remote working to online teaching, everything has had to adapt to be able to cope with the new restrictions. These changes have put added pressure on workplace security, not just potential security breaches of workplaces but also the very real threat of cyber attacks. Indeed at the time of writing we saw multinational technology company Garmin fall foul of an apparent cyber attack which left users unable to access accounts for a number of days.

Biometrics - Contactless Access

Biometric Security

There has been a huge increase in remote working over the last decade and we would expect to see this number continue to rise as we continue to feel the effects of the pandemic. This has had a knock on effect on demand for biometric security with the industry expecting a continued increase in demand from both public and private organisations.

Industries where personnel need to gain access to sites/buildings will be looking at how they can make use of contactless access systems as the world tries to find ways of slowing the spread of Covid-19.

Contactless Access

  • Allows only authorised personnel to access permitted areas/sites using biometric technology such as facial/iris recognition
  • Contactless technology helps keep everyone safer by negating the need for touching any terminals or devices.
  • Hygienic and reduces the risk of spreading Covid-19

Those working in an outdoor environment seem more confident having the open space, being able to social distance more easily, but how is the changing advice and regulations affecting those in enclosed spaces?

Back to Education

As some education settings such as universities are continuing to offer online lessons this opens up a whole range of security challenges. Biometrics and contactless access could allow administrators to verify attendance and student identities and safeguarding issues could be addressed by ensuring only authorised teachers and educational professionals can access the systems.

Back to Work

Schools are hoping to be back open in September and traditional keypad access systems come with their own flaws, not least harbouring germs and viruses. We are seeing many businesses begin to return to the workplace where the existing access control system may not offer contactless entry which might leave some employees feeling worried and anxious about returning. Biometric contactless access systems could help reduce any risk of transmission and therefore give some assurances to employees and visitors.

How are you feeling as we see the country start to reopen? Talk to us to discuss how contactless access can help your business.