In recent years, biometric technologies like fingerprints and facial recognition have become the preferred way to secure building premises such as residential and commercial buildings, schools, office buildings as well as public transit hubs—airports and railway stations.

The 3D facial recognition technology, along with intelligent CCTV cameras, has made unmatched possibilities a reality today. According to Juniper Research, facial recognition software enabled by Artificial Intelligence (AI) will be available on 1.3 billion smartphones by 2024

Although facial recognition technology has its share of challenges and is raising concerns regarding lack of privacy and constant surveillance, especially at residential buildings, it does have a lot of potential in securing buildings in major cities. According to building management expert Martin Feder, “Building systems are increasingly adopting audio-visual communications where cameras will be linked to facial recognition.”

Here are five building facilities where facial recognition technology is enhancing the overall security:

1. Office buildings

At office facilities, facial recognition is being used to counter various threats including unauthorized visitor entry, office thefts, vandalism and fraud. Although many office facilities continue to issue ID badges to staff and visitors, switching to technology can help in more effective facial screenings and overall safety. An efficient visitor management system, when used in tandem with face recognition, can help in elevating office security through better access control, employee and visitor tracking, and security automation, thus eliminating human intervention.

Semiconductor manufacturer Intel has over 20,000 employees in its Oregon office. Intel has successfully implemented a facial recognition solution to monitor its employees, contractors and suppliers who visit their offices every day.

2. Commercial facilities

Any commercial facility such as a shopping mall, hospital, hotel and restaurant can enhance its internal security using facial recognition solutions. For instance, hotels can utilize facial recognition along with surveillance systems at their lobby to detect individual faces from large crowds using real-time video. This kind of security solution can instantly alert security personnel without alerting the potential offender. Also, face recognition can be used as a fully-automated entry system where individuals can enter the commercial premise simply by showing their face. With it, there is no need to manually screening visitors or check their access or authorization cards.

3. School security

The rising cases of gun violence in school premises have become a sad reality today, particularly in the US. The recent school shooting in Boulder, Colorado, is a harsh reminder of the fact. However, that is not the only form of crimes towards children. Drug abuse and sexual crimes are also prevalent in many school premises all around the globe. Can facial recognition help in preventing crimes in schools? Yes, it can. But, it also raises concerns about student privacy. Nevertheless, facial recognition can help in mitigating security risks such as the entry of drug dealers, expelled students, known criminals and even known sexual offenders. An efficient biometrics system, with face recognition, can help in saving valuable lives by sending real-time threat alerts to the nearest police authority. Many schools are also responding favorably to the use of this technology. For example, New York State school district has implemented face recognition to monitor the movement of restricted individuals within the premises and even detect firearms in the vicinity.

4. Airports

Despite concerns about passenger privacy, facial recognition technology is improving airport security and flight boarding experience in the US and across the world. For instance, around 15 US airports are using facial recognition technology, mostly for faster boarding of passengers. Similarly, in India, Digi Yatra system is testing the feasibility of face recognition for a faster and more efficient boarding experience for passengers, and that too without any printed boarding passes, at various airports. In addition to faster boarding, facial recognition software is being used to:

  • Enhance international border checks
  • Identify passengers with fake passports
  • Stop the movement of suspected criminals, terrorists and fraudsters

With over 880 million travelers expected to visit the Schengen area in Europe by 2025, EU authorities are considering using facial recognition to record border crossings instead of the usual laborious process of stamping passports manually.

5.Railway stations

Finally, face recognition technology is also being proposed to improve security in trains and at railway stations, particularly in Asia. China has been at the forefront of installing face recognition tools on its high-speed trains and at the Beijing railway station, which already has 30 self-servicing machines for checking tickets. Similarly, to track criminals, India has installed AI-based face recognition systems at railway stations in Bengaluru, Bhusawal and Manmad.

Conclusion

The security and protection of critical public facilities such as offices, airports and schools have driven the growth of AI-enabled facial recognition technology around the world. While there are ongoing debates over individual privacy, face recognition is the most unobtrusive mode of biometrics that can save time and security hassles.

Among the leading proponents of AI-driven facial recognition technology, Airface solutions have been deployed in varied industries including shopping malls, hospitals and retail stores. Contact us today for the best security solution using face recognition.

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