With the coronavirus, QR codes, facial recognition and disinfection systems have become part of the day to day. The crisis is showing that they not only make life easier, but that they are an excellent ally for long-term business management.
A few decades ago, no one imagined that, when entering a shopping center, a restaurant or the office, you would have to leave your data, undergo a temperature check or even go through a disinfection point. Many saw it as part of a dystopian future or a science fiction movie. But the arrival of the coronavirus showed that those biological safety measures that were previously used only in hospitals or in bacteriological spaces, are very useful in daily use.
With the vaccine away, all experts agree that social distancing and self-protection measures are the only way to keep the enemy at bay. And in that sense, biosafety technology is the best ally. Especially for companies that seek to normalize their activities as soon as possible.
A recent Business Insider article makes that clear. There journalist Daniel Geiger describes the success story of Vornado Realty Trust, one of the largest office owners in New York City. Its managers say that methods such as facial recognition or the QR code scanner have for years allowed their employees to pass quickly through security controls, but now they have become more crucial than ever to prevent the spread of the virus.
“Virtually everyone who has used the technology has liked it. But now it has gained importance in the midst of the pandemic, as workers worry about the transmission of germs in public spaces and the workplace, ”explained David Greenbaum, vice president of Vornado and one of the main leaders of the company.
In India, for example, they have gone further. With or without coronavirus, 400 million citizens of the Asian country may soon need to use facial recognition to access their bank accounts. Currently, four banks are testing facial recognition systems, but the plan is to implement it permanently. In June alone, this authentication program has already facilitated more than 1 billion transactions.
According to the Indian government, the main driver of the change was the pandemic, since the shared fingerprint sensors, with which they operate today, represent a risk to public health. But they confess that it also motivated them that this ancient method has an error rate of up to 20 percent, as many users have deformed or eroded fingerprints due to their manual work. If such a transformation occurs, many consider it to be the step that will consolidate technology as an inevitable part of the way the government interacts with its citizens.
In the field of travel, experts even predict that facial recognition technology will emerge as the new security review, and it will even be the new boarding pass. “As contactless technologies expand. Your face will be your ticket. You will not have to go looking for the ticket, or hand over passport documents, “said aviation architect Ty Osbaugh recently in an article on the future of airports. Osbaugh is owned by the Gensler Company, a global firm that has designed many airports, including South Korea’s San Francisco, John F. Kennedy, Los Angeles, and Incheon.
And it is that biometric technologies offer unique advantages beyond the mechanism itself.
For a company, the fact that all of its employees have biometrics means that they will never forget their credentials at home or lose them. They also won’t have to worry about forgetting their passwords. Which in short will save time and cost for companies that can invest in other things.
Additionally, since facial recognition is unique and most biometric data is difficult to copy, implementing it will significantly increase security to the point of eliminating the possibility of hacking attacks and virtual server breaches. This is why a growing number of organizations around the world have been implementing biometric authentication systems in recent years.
All these changes, of course, are expensive. And many people are still wary of the negative effects such data collection can have on privacy. But all the experts in innovation and technology agree that nothing will stop the trend. As the transparency of data and its regulation is demonstrated, both citizens and companies will realize that these technologies are there only to make life easier and boost efficiency and security.
This is precisely one of the strengths of our company, whose purpose is to transform that future into the present through technological products and disinfection systems of the highest quality standards. The proof is that they are all endorsed by scientists and experts in health and safety, which guarantees that we are one of the best alternatives on the market for the control and prevention of any virus such as the one that is transforming society today. In this sense, all our equipment is designed to allow companies to operate with peace of mind.