Facial Recognition – An Important Tool in the Fight against COVID-19 in the University Sector

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Facial recognition can play a very important role in reducing the spread of COVID 19 in universities and the higher education sector, industry experts Herta believe.

Numerous universities and colleges are seeking technological innovations that will enable them to keep their campuses open throughout the pandemic. Undoubtedly, this is a significant challenge for everyone working directly at a university or indirectly, especially for the administrators and security teams. It’s of utmost importance to provide students, staff, visiting parents and family members with a hygienic, seamless and preferably touchless identity management starting in physical access control.

Facial recognition is one of the main technological innovations that is helping to fight the spread of COVID-19 in the education sector. It’s being implemented to secure classrooms, building dormitories, athletic facilities, cafeterias and other entrances in several universities.

Many other universities have already started evaluating the technology as it offers real advantages when it comes to security and becoming a COVID-19 proof organization. Below a list of the benefits:

  • Highly accurate and secure, even with masks
  • COVID-19 Proof (touchless)
  • Affordable (implementation can be finished within a week)
  • Hygienic
  • Results in great student experience
  • Provide traceable accountability
  • Flexible and scalable to multiple locations
  • No misplaced or stolen badges
  • No forgotten passwords
  • Integration with existing access control systems is painless

Bonus benefits:

  • Existing wiring from a card-reader can be re-used for single or dual-factor authentication
  • Simple enrollment of new students, staff or visitors

CCTV Surveillance – The experts in deploying Facial Recognition CCTV systems

The Facial Recognition CCTV solution supplied by CCTV Surveillance dynamically compares images of individuals from incoming video streams against those stored in a predefined access control list and immediately sends alerts when a positive match occurs.

The technology yields a very good level of performance despite partial occlusions of the face, the use of glasses, scarves or caps, changes of facial expression, and moderate rotations of the face. Moreover, it does not allow users to be impersonated using photographs.

This biometric technology is the perfect solution to control the access to restricted security areas, especially since we’re talking about a completely automated system that requires very little interaction with the operator.

Our Facial Recognition CCTV system can be easily integrated with existing ID management products and enables administrators to easily create Whitelists/Blacklists for specific areas, while subjects can be very easily enrolled from one or more photographs.

The system fully supports runtime alarm management, is highly tunable (control based on time-frames, sequentially, etc) and even allows alarms to be exported to common formats (PDF, Excel) and remote devices (mobile, PDA, tablet, security control centre).

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