The benefits of biometrics for business security 2021
The structure of the Russian biometric technologies market differs significantly from the global world space. At the beginning of 2021, the dominant share in the world is occupied by fingerprinting technologies, while in the Russian Federation, there is active penetration of face recognition technologies. On average, during 2017-2020, the domestic biometric market’s capacity has grown six times. In this article, we will consider the importance of biometrics in business security issues.
What are the concerns around biometrics?
Biometrics and security are two sides of the same coin. Suppose we are talking about ensuring the safety of office buildings, large enterprises, shops, restaurants with high traffic. In that case, the main issue will always be the solution of hygiene problems and personal data safety. These are the two main concerns around biometrics today.
Business benefits of biometrics
The advantages of biometric security systems have long been clear for business and society, namely:
- reliability of authentication;
- preventing theft of credentials and their possible sharing;
- reducing friction at points of entry/exit to the building and counting visitors;
- access control for service groups;
- improving the quality of enterprise reporting;
- centralized management building obtaining and the flow of people through the integration of a video surveillance system and ACS.
According to independent research, by the middle of 2022, the share of biometric access control systems in the Russian market will reach 27%, thereby getting the world level of biometrics penetration into access control systems.
Ensuring epidemiological safety standards
In connection with the onset of a global pandemic, the leaders faced the need to adapt biometric identification systems to an increased hygiene level. Accordingly, contactless technologies have come to the fore.
Technologies of non-contact access, door opening, elevator control, and intelligent video analytics are in demand today. Using analytical systems, it is possible to carry out the building and employees’ safety and monitor the epidemiological and labour discipline.
Prevention of contingencies
Current antiviral technologies are aimed at compliance by trade and service enterprises of large, medium and small businesses with the requirements of WHO and Rospotrebnadzor, namely:
- video monitoring of the mask regime in public places;
- ubiquitous thermometry (using heat sensors and thermal imaging video surveillance systems);
- monitoring compliance with social distance;
- identification of various emergency situations.
For example, back in May 2020, the governor of the Nizhny Novgorod region, in an interview with Kommersant journalists, explained the operation mechanism of such a system. A new silhouette recognition system was created by a joint decision of such companies as Rostelecom and NtechLab.
The system will send the information received from surveillance cameras to a unified video analytics core, where reports on compliance with the requirements of Rospotrebnadzor are generated. Business biometrics becomes an everyday tool. The regional government announced its readiness to bear compensation payments for part of enterprises’ costs for the installation of the system.
Face recognition technologies
The trend of the Russian biometrics market is Facial Recognition technologies or face recognition.
Based on neural network technologies, modern solutions have a high accuracy of face recognition through sunglasses, contact lenses and masks.
And if earlier, a medical mask on a person’s face was a potential problem for personal identification, today recognition by the iris of the eye is increasingly used.
If you use software for face recognition from Faceter, you will get an efficiency of 99.8%, confirmed by the University of Washington (USA).
The technology is 100% anonymous, as it has the technical capabilities to separate tasks based on neural connections. Video materials are processed in a trusted environment, and personal data is transferred to a decentralized network.
Biometrics, the importance of which can hardly be overestimated in the 3rd decade of the 21st century, is one of the active elements of ensuring business facilities and employees’ safety. Many companies develop their algorithms for monitoring and recording time attendance, but most buy software from third-party biometric development organizations.