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Biometric access control: balancing security, accuracy, and the rise of touchless solutions

Biometric access control: balancing security, accuracy, and the rise of touchless solutions

Biometric access control: balancing security, accuracy, and the rise of touchless solutions

Biometric access control systems have revolutionized physical security, offering a reliable alternative to traditional security methods like PINs and key cards. Utilizing unique identifiers such as fingerprints, facial recognition, iris scans, and voice patterns, these systems provide unmatched security and convenience.

Technological advancements fuelled the shift towards biometrics, making these solutions more accessible and addressing the limitations of conventional security measures. Facial recognition technology leads the biometric field, benefiting from significant research that has enhanced its accuracy and reliability.

Advances in camera technology and machine learning have made facial recognition a secure and seamless identification solution, even in the face of pandemic-related challenges.

The shift towards contactless solutions

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly accelerated interest in touchless identification solutions within the access control landscape. Concerns around hygiene and the need to verify individuals even when wearing masks have pushed contactless biometrics into the spotlight.

“COVID drove a huge interest in Contactless Biometric Technologies (particularly face) due to sanitation requirements and the need for identity verification whilst wearing a mask,” said Steve Bell – Chief Technology Officer at Gallagher Security. “It is important to note that AI is driving significant advances in all types of high-quality biometric modalities.”

Of the available technologies, experts highlight facial recognition as a front-runner due to its convenience and the ongoing refinement of algorithms for accuracy. However, its implementation requires a combination of cutting-edge camera technology, advanced image processing, and optimization of the created templates. Companies specializing in these technologies are heavily investing in research to drive the accuracy and reliability of facial recognition systems.

“Among emerging sensor technologies, facial authentication shows great promise for accurate and secure touchless identification in access control systems,” said Hanchul Kim, CEO of Suprema. The facial authentication algorithm utilizes depth sensing to identify individuals’ facial features even in varied lighting conditions or when the face is partially covered. Thanks to advances in deep learning technology, the accuracy of facial authentication has significantly improved, making it a reliable method for access control authentication.”

Beyond faces: the role of other biometrics

While contactless facial recognition is gaining popularity, fingerprint recognition remains a reliable and widely used technology for access control. Advancements in 3D contactless fingerprint scanners offer a hygienic alternative to traditional readers while maintaining a high level of accuracy.

“The technology attracting the most significant R&D spend is facial recognition in several forms (mobile, CCTV, passport/license matching, and dedicated access control),” Bell said. “We concentrate on the dedicated access control terminals.”

Other biometric technologies, such as iris or palm vein recognition, might hold niche advantages and offer an additional layer of security depending on the specific use case and sensitivity of the protected areas.

Factors affecting the success of biometric solutions  

While the potential of biometric access control is clear, several factors play a pivotal role in real-world success. Here’s what security professionals and technology experts emphasize:

Sensor quality: The reliability of a system starts with the sensor – whether it’s a camera, a fingerprint scanner, or another component. The sensors must capture high-quality biometric data.

Adaptability: Biometric systems should function in various environmental conditions, including lighting, temperature, and humidity. Robust systems will deliver consistent results across these variables.

Liveness detection: To protect against spoofing attempts (like presenting a printed picture instead of a real person), sophisticated solutions often incorporate liveness detection mechanisms into their process.

Data security and privacy: Biometric data is highly sensitive, and its protection is paramount. Systems must have strict security measures and encryption and adhere to privacy regulations like GDPR. Balancing security needs with individual privacy is crucial.

Looking ahead

The field of biometric access control is dynamic, spurred by technological advancements and evolving security demands. These key trends have the potential to further shape the landscape:

Increased touchless adoption: Touchless solutions are here to stay, driven by both the hygiene factor and a desire for faster, frictionless user experiences.

Multimodal solutions: We may see an increased use of multimodal systems, where multiple biometric modalities are combined, providing additional layers of security and flexibility in complex environments.

Ethical AI: With AI playing a significant role, responsible development, and safeguards to minimize bias will be critical for fair and trustworthy biometric systems.


The evolution of biometric access control systems symbolizes a significant advancement in the realm of physical security, merging the technological prowess of today with the security needs of tomorrow. As we embrace these innovative solutions, we are not just enhancing security measures but are also paving the way for a future where access control is more intuitive, efficient, and aligned with the contemporary emphasis on hygiene and privacy.

The journey towards fully optimized biometric systems, though fraught with challenges, is a testament to our collective commitment to harnessing technology for creating safer, more inclusive environments. As we continue to refine these systems, addressing ethical considerations and ensuring the protection of personal privacy, we stand on the brink of a new era in security.

This is an era when the seamless integration of technology in our daily lives promises better security and fosters a sense of trust and safety in our interconnected world. This is not just the future of physical access control – it’s a step towards a more secure, efficient, and technologically harmonious society.

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