COVID-19 sparks increased interest in completely contactless access control systems

Living in a pandemic has led to an increased awareness of hygiene and contact with surfaces such as elevator buttons or door readers. Devices that provide contact with various surfaces, such as a keyboard or a door reader scanner, are out of fashion. The abandonment of this type of device has been dramatic and appears to be long-term. This result of the impact of the virus on everyday life caught both users and manufacturers by surprise, who had to actively seek new solutions.
Changes that have already taken place include the decommissioning of time control systems that involve physical contact. Many owners of two-factor authentication systems have switched them to an RFID-only mode, abandoning authentication through keyboards and / or biometric sensors, the use of which currently carries significant risks due to the need for physical contact.



Fully contactless biometric systems are in demand



This trend resulted in a sharp drop in demand for contact control systems and an increase in interest in 100% contactless systems. The popularity of various biometric control solutions today depends on whether they involve physical contact.
Biometric systems are also increasingly being equipped with additional temperature sensors to monitor the temperature of visitors. Many systems also support multifactor authentication - the use of several biometric identifiers at once to control visitor access. Multifactor authentication provides a higher level of reliability and security, and also provides the potential to switch between different types of authentication if the use of any of the modules becomes impossible due to problems or sanitary restrictions.



Face recognition systems



One of the already developed solutions for contactless biometric access control are systems based on the face recognition function. Such systems, in addition to high accuracy, reliability and security, also provide ample opportunities for smart analytics.



Eye iris recognition



Alternative solutions for contactless biometric access control include visitor recognition by the iris of the eye. Although such systems appeared a long time ago, they still have not gained wide popularity. The reason for this is the special requirements for authentication. Authentication in such systems or contactless fingerprint recognition. Such systems do not require physical contact with surfaces and are therefore safe in the fight against COVID-19.


Contactless fingerprint recognition



The accuracy of contactless fingerprint scanners is still inferior to traditional contact scanners, but recent improvements to systems of this kind have made it possible to use them on a par with other contactless biometric control systems. Analysts predict a stable growth of the market for these systems, which have become relevant due to the problem of hygiene of scanning surfaces.


Palm vein recognition



Solutions that use palm vein recognition systems that also do not require contact can be called truly innovative. The user only needs to bring his palm to a special sensor at a safe distance, after which the system recognizes it and provides access if the user is authorized. These systems are unique, as their recognition error is less than 0.0001%. 



Recently, there has been a surge in interest among customers in 100% contactless systems. This shift in user preferences has been quite strong, with concerns about a second wave of COVID-19 or its return in 2-3 years.


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