Facial Recognition Is Only the Beginning of AI in Access Control

By Franco Faraudo

Facial recognition used to be a subject for science fiction novels, but now it has become commonplace. We are as accustomed to our phones identifying us by our faces as we were to using our fingerprints in previous versions of smartphones. Facial recognition is also being used on a much larger scale. China has been using facial recognition for years to track its citizens’ behavior for its controversial social credit system. Concert venues have also been using it to identify possible security threats. France plans to use facial recognition to help keep the millions of people attending the Olympic Games safe this summer.

There has been pushback against the use of facial recognition, particularly in public places and by police departments. Microsoft has even banned police departments from using its Azure Open AI Service for facial recognition. Despite the emotionally charged issue of facial data being stored and used by authorities, facial recognition is only the beginning of what AI can do with computer vision.

As AI becomes more powerful at identifying patterns, it is increasingly capable of using other “behavioral biometrics” to identify people. Behavioral biometrics could include anything from keystroke cadence to voice to walking gait. AI has become so advanced that it can even identify someone by their unique eye movement patterns.

Behavioral biometrics will take some time to become mainstream, but once it does, it could become a useful tool for access control. The ease of use achieved with facial recognition could also be applied by studying other characteristics. People might be less concerned about their company or government identifying them by their walking gait than by their facial features. One day, we might see access control companies incorporating this kind of identification into computer vision software, allowing doors to open automatically for the right person without them needing to do or scan anything.

With all the uses of AI, it’s easy to forget that it is still in its infancy. ChatGPT was only released about a year and a half ago. As the technology becomes more sophisticated, it will be able to do things we have never even considered. Who knows what other ways we will be able to identify people as time goes on and AI continues to evolve? As AI becomes more integrated into our daily lives, the use of it for something like behavioral biometrics will likely seem less invasive and more appealing to the general public.

Access Control

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New Standards Mitigate Cybersecurity Threats in Access Control Systems

Cybersecurity breaches in access control systems can be particularly critical for commercial and multifamily building owners, who risk liability for unauthorized entry. The EU Cyber Resilience Act mandates security updates and manufacturer liability, setting a precedent for global practices. Although the U.S. lacks similar laws, there is a growing movement to adopt these standards.

Access Control’s Place in the Larger Security Ecosystem

The idea that people seek solutions rather than products revolutionized business, especially in technology and building security. Traditionally focused on individual hardware like HVAC, lighting, and access control, building tech must shift toward integrated security solutions. Effective systems combine locks, alarms, sensors, cameras, and trained personnel into cohesive, proactive setups. Advances in AI and machine learning will further enhance these systems, ensuring comprehensive security through real-time data analysis and seamless integration, fulfilling the broader need for security over isolated products.

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🚔 On duty officers: New York City Police Department is starting a video monitoring program aimed to help retailers that will enable businesses to voluntarily share video footage with authorities in real-time.

🚪 Neighborly access: Home security company ADT is building a Trusted Neighbor feature that uses facial recognition to allow automatic access to homes for authorized individuals.

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