Why Facial Recognition Technology is Essential for Access Control Systems
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Why Facial Recognition Technology is Essential for Access Control Systems


Access control systems are electronic systems used to identify individuals and grant entrance to specific locations, such as warehouses, factories, or offices. Edge devices in particular have seen an increase in processing power. For example, the newest generation of time clocks are equipped with high-powered cameras, allowing employees to use facial identity to check-in/out without swiping a badge, entering a PIN, or scanning fingerprints. In this article we share key considerations for adopting facial recognition in access control systems and choosing the solution that best fits your needs.

Basic Functionalities of Access Control Systems

Access control covers a spectrum of security use cases such as physical access, health monitoring, on-site safety, and tracking who is still inside during an emergency.

Access control systems execute three main functions to protect the physical security of a facility or a restricted area from unauthorized access.

1. Identification

The first step in facial recognition access control is identifying the presence of an individual. Proper implementation of an access control system makes it possible to determine the identity of any person who enters a building or accesses secure or restricted areas. It also monitors the movement of individuals throughout the facilities.

2. Authentication

Once the access control system identifies the presence of an individual, it must authenticate the person’s identity. Two-factor authentication (2FA) is the simplest, most effective way to ensure users are who they say they are.

3. Authorization

After the system successfully authenticates an individual’s identity, access control systems will grant access to the facility or restricted areas based on pre-defined criteria.

Why Use Facial Recognition in Access Control Systems?

Legacy access control systems mainly use key cards or PINs to identify users and grant access, but these methods carry risks such as stolen key cards or leaked PINs. In recent years, biometric technologies such as fingerprints, iris recognition, and facial recognition, have become mainstream in modern access control systems. However, using fingerprints or iris recognition may increase surface contact and increase the spread of infection. Facial recognition is contactless, making it ideal for building a contactless access control system while maintaining workplace health and safety.

Using facial recognition technology for access control offers several key benefits:

1. User convenience

Your face is your ID! The most noteworthy benefit is convenience: employees and residents no longer need to carry a key card or remember PINs.

2. Better security and fewer risks

Facial recognition prevents unauthorized access. Lost keys and sharing of PINs will no longer pose a risk.

3. Contactless access

Compared to cards, PINs, fingerprints, or even iris scanning, face recognition is an ideal solution for building a contactless access control system, even on occasions when mask wearing is required.

If you’re interested in integrating facial recognition into access control systems, read our guide on building a smarter access control security system.

What Facial Recognition Features Are Essential for Access Control?

Facial recognition technology has many features, but several features stand out as essential to successfully integrating facial recognition in access control systems. Luckily, they are all available as part of FaceMe®.

1. Outstanding Accuracy

Top quality facial recognition relies on accuracy. People must be identified and verified correctly. FaceMe’s facial recognition engine is among the most accurate in the industry, with 99.7% accuracy in NIST FRVT 1:1 and 1:N.

2. Mask Support

Considering that users often wear masks, successful access control systems need to implement high-accuracy facial recognition technology with mask compatibility. Fortunately, FaceMe provides over 98% accuracy even when users are wearing masks.

3. Spoofing Prevention/Liveness Detection

Liveness detection, often referred to as anti-spoofing, is a critical feature in any use case designed to secure highly restricted items such as medical cabinets. Without liveness detection, unauthorized individuals can trick facial recognition by using photos or videos of authorized individuals to gain access to secure areas. Liveness detection needs to be certified by a third party to ensure impartiality. FaceMe’s anti-spoofing features detect impersonation and substitution attempts, and is certified by iBeta, an internationally recognized, independent, third-party testing and quality assurance organization.

4. Cross-Platform Optimization

In developing access control systems, companies implement native, hybrid, and cross-platform approaches. Integrating facial recognition requires a reliable solution compatible with various platforms. FaceMe is a cross-platform facial recognition engine ideal for custom scenarios and use cases where customers need to mold algorithms to their infrastructure. It is optimized for various hardware configurations, from high-end workstations to low-power chipsets typically used in IoT devices, and is compatible with Windows, Linux, Android, and iOS systems.

Access Control Use Cases with Essential Facial Recognition Features

FaceMe integrates all of the above features in one comprehensive solution. You can read more about some of our access control use cases that integrate facial recognition:

  1. In contactless access control systems for employee entry and health screening purposes
  2. In medicine cabinets to control prescription medicine distribution
  3. In entrance kiosks to provide touchless biometric authentication

Find out how to integrate FaceMe SDK, a cross-platform AI facial recognition engine, into edge-based AIoT/IoT devices for all business scenarios.

How Do I Choose the Right Facial Recognition Solution for Access Control?

Answering this question depends on your company and role. If you’re a developer looking to build a system that integrates software in existing hardware, then the FaceMe SDK is the best choice. End users and system integrators will want a ready-to-go solution such as FaceMe Security. Read on to discover more about these exciting facial recognition solutions.

FaceMe SDK – The Developers’ Choice for Integrating Access Control Systems with Facial Recognition

The FaceMe SDK is the best solution for IoT developers to integrate facial recognition functionalities in access control hardware, such as smart doors and check-in clocks or kiosks. Developers of access control devices looking to incorporate facial recognition in existing hardware should first read the ultimate guide to deploying facial recognition at the edge.

You can also read about FaceMe SDK's system requirements.

Contact us to get an evaluation version and price quote for FaceMe SDK today!

FaceMe Security: A Turnkey Access Control Software System with Facial Recognition

Are you a system integrator, or corporate IT decision-maker, looking for a plug-and-play software solution with facial recognition functionality to integrate with your existing IP surveillance system? If so, a software solution like FaceMe Security is the perfect choice.

FaceMe Security is a turnkey, value-added facial recognition solution that provides facial recognition functionality on top of existing IP surveillance deployments, such as PCs, workstations, servers, VMS (video management systems), and IP cameras. It performs various tasks: identity verification, mask detection, real-time monitoring, and alert notifications when a camera captures a block-listed or unidentified individual. FaceMe Security also integrates facial recognition into door access systems to restrict access to verified people.

Find out how to integrate FaceMe Security into your access control systems today!

You can expand FaceMe Security’s capabilities with several add-ons:

Health Add-on: Prevent the spread of infectious diseases and promote general health management with three crucial checks: mask detection, identity verification, and temperature detection.

Check-in Add-on: Connect to your visitor management system to check in visitors and perform employee clock-in/out.

VMR Add-on: Handles surveillance activities when no VMS is available. Access live multi-camera monitoring for up to nine streams, real-time alerts, and video recording and playback.

Why Choose FaceMe for Access Control?

Access control systems are built to achieve one critical goal: controlling who gains access to protected assets and areas. As the most secure form of authentication available today, facial recognition elevates the security of any access control system. Thanks to the high accuracy and flexibility of FaceMe, you can easily integrate facial recognition into existing systems or install it as a standalone solution. With FaceMe for access control, managers don’t have to worry about lost or stolen ID cards or credentials, inaccurate fingerprint scanners, or systems being spoofed with photos or videos of authorized individuals. You can read more on why leading industries are choosing FaceMe as their top facial recognition solution.

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