Written by Manish Dalal on Digilah (Tech Thought Leadership)
Security risks have become a de facto part of everyday business life, but in the race to plug in gaps created by technology itself, physical security threats should not be ignored. Two years of working/studying/shopping from home have inured many of us to the risks stemming from the conventional physical security measures. But the threat still exists and now includes health risks too.
In the aftermath of pandemic, as organizations reopen their doors to staff and visitors, it’s important to remember that a significant number of people caught the virus from outside or from family members who went out—to work, play, shop, etc. This danger continues to lurk; and will even after the virus becomes endemic (hopefully soon). This means that measures that require contact—fingerprint readers, card readers, keypad readers for instance—are vulnerable, at best.
But beyond worries about contracting the virus through surface contact, there is a pressing need for a more seamless process to vet and permit entry into the workplace. Ideally such solutions should be:
- Allow screening of visitors for identification as well as concealed contraband items
Solutions that integrate all of the above will offer benefits through higher levels of security, manpower cost savings, time savings and analytics that can provide actionable business intelligence.
It goes without saying that the data obtained in the course of tech-driven access management should be thoroughly protected by multi-layered security. This is not just to placate the woke crowd but to instill confidence in the business itself.
Biometrics has a major role to play in enabling these solutions. At ZKTeco we recognize this and our Safe2Greet solution is an effort to meet all the expectations of the customers highlighted above.
It incorporates a number of our patent pending technologies to create a complete entrance/access control solution that starts by having visitors pre-register their information via a digital invitation sent to their mobile phones and check them in using various hardware options like a self check-in kiosk or a facial recognition reader. On submitting this information, a QR code is generated and sent to the visitor. On scanning this QR code at the entrance kiosk, factors such as body temperature, mask compliance will be verified.
Once this is done successfully the visitor can proceed to the turnstile, where same the QR code can grant access as well. Cronus, turnstile with built-in metal detector also screens for concealed metal objects—an unobtrusive way to avoid violence, as well as deter pilferage—at exit points. The data collected in the process is secured through high-level security that includes encryption and multi-step access verification.
Safe2Greet avoids physical contact, reduces manpower dependence, and raises the levels of health and safety. Biometric driven solutions like Safe2Greet are not the future, they are available now and they’re here to stay.