Facial recognition technologies are among the most trusted and efficient access control tools available to smart cities.
After societies relied on mechanical keys for thousands of years for security, the world of access control now has technology transforming the industry.
When the US supermarket chain Piggly Wiggly opened its doors to customers in the early 20th century, its founder Clarence Saunders worried about overcrowding and mass hysteria. Hence, he installed an entry system to regulate people's flow to allow only one person at a time.
Security and access control came a long way from the wooden sticks used as keys in Ancient Egypt and Babylon some 6,000 years ago. Modern access control systems are no longer just keys and locks, but sophisticated ecosystems with high-tech components that interact with each other.
The coronavirus pandemic has been changing the world as we know it in both the short and long term. However, as billions stayed home to flatten the curve, few industries have been affected by COVID-19 like aviation and air travel. Between late March and April 2020, more than 20 major airlines suspended their operations by 100 percent.
Facial recognition technology is making many areas of life more convenient. People can now verify their identity without so much as a password or fingerprint. These technologies allow masses to access buildings without a key or breeze through airport security. But like any other privacy technology, fraudsters are targeting facial recognition via spoofing.
Modern facial recognition applications go far beyond accessing an iPhone or smart home. Today, facial recognition is proliferating into areas like air travel, retail, hotels and banking. That's because facial recognition can make customers' lives easier and businesses more efficient.
We've come a long way from ringing the doorbell or even needing keys to enter our homes, offices and buildings. Technology has given us smartphone apps, finger scanners and key cards. And now, facial recognition is making access even more convenient and secure.
Mass travel by plane has increased steadily since the early 2000s, with the number of airline flights expected to reach 39.4 million globally in 2019. With that growth comes a rising need for reliable & intelligent access control systems to make air travel smoother and more secure and efficient for passengers.