Amid the pandemic, facial recognition technology has gained traction around the world as a way to track the spread of the virus. But its uses go further.
March 2020 will go down in history as the month the world changed forever.
In a matter of days, Covid-19 closed borders, shuttered businesses, and forced people to stay home. It gave new dimensions to two concerns: biosafety and cybersecurity. In a world where it is not safe to touch, interact and life takes place mainly in the digital environment, facial recognition has become an increasingly demanded technology. On the one hand, it fights piracy attempts and scams on the internet, and on the other, it is perfect to avoid sources of contagion. Unlike strategies like fingerprints, it is not based on contact.
But facial recognition is nothing new. In fact, it is the technology behind the famous Instagram filters that millions of people use every day and what today allows actions as simple as unlocking a cell phone by putting a face in front. To function, it only needs an accurate camera and software that, using algorithms, is able to recognize patterns in facial features. These systems capture a two-dimensional or three-dimensional image of a person’s face, and then compare the key information in that image (nose, mouth, eyes) with a database containing hundreds of known images. Thus, they convert that information into a numerical code known as a “facial print”, which is unique for each individual.
In this new Covid era, many companies have launched new solutions that combine the benefits of biometrics with other technologies such as body temperature scanning or disinfection.
Today airports, office buildings, fast food restaurants, government offices, hospitals, shopping centers, universities and all kinds of places are rapidly adopting the technology. It’s a move that could be called automation of temperature controls, driven by the coronavirus.
These companies are pairing these thermal cameras with facial recognition software and personnel directories to maximize the benefits. Employees register standing in front of a camera or kiosk, which identifies them by their face and simultaneously performs a thermal scan. It only takes a couple of seconds and there is no contact. This not only saves time, but also provides a sense of security.
In the case of Zavit equipment, automation goes as far as the customer wants. The company has a wide catalog of options that ranges from biometric detection units with disinfection mechanisms for children, to more complex equipment such as the Guard Pro, which offers benefits such as infrared temperature monitoring, visual and auditory instructions with a 21-inch LED screen. inches, interior compartment for cleaning personal items and disinfecting feet.
Without a doubt, facial recognition is a technology that is in full development and that over the years becomes more sophisticated. Although before the pandemic this software was constantly criticized for being invasive, as priorities change in the wake of COVID-19, the technology is being used to help governments keep citizens safe.
Since the software and solutions already exist, it is an easy, effective and quick measure to implement, alleviating the fears of individuals and businesses as the economy reopens. To increase safety and security, businesses and individuals should start using them for safety and peace of mind.