Visitor management

by Mark Rowe

Maxxess has added facial recognition authentication to its eVisitor visitor management for access control, with off-the-shelf integration to RealNetworks’ SAFR product.

Maxxess says that its eVisitor offers touchless access, removing many inconveniences visitors, staff and contractors encountered to access premises, workspaces, guest Wi-Fi and corporate networks, as well as facilitate time and attendance.

Now, with SAFR’s facial recognition, organisations can use biometric verification. The eVisitor is used in commercial, hospitality, healthcare, universities, and mixed-use developments, with edge devices such as facial readers, video intercoms and kiosks.

SAFR facial recognition comes with AES-256 encryption and offline deployment options, for users to choose for biometric data to be anonymized or allow visitors, staff, and contractors to set specific limits on how long data is stored when they opt-in.

SAFR can also be used so that only authorised employees can access specific IT applications or view and work with sensitive data, including those working remotely or at home. If the authorised user moves away from their screen – or if another trigger event occurs, such as somebody shoulder surfing, or if a door to a corporate or home office is left open in the background – access can be set to time out.

This biometric integrated with eVisitor also detects any attempt to deceive the system using a photograph or digital image of a face. These tools can be tailored to the security level per user. In the case of a bank or government department, for example, the access restrictions can be more rigorous, while smaller businesses where teams need to be agile, can opt for more operational flexibility. The eVisitor also lets system managers specify which verification options are offered at each access point, depending on the risk-level and operational requirements of each location or area.

When SAFR is integrated into Maxxess’ eFusion security management platform, it gives security operators automated watch lists by using video surveillance. By opting in staff and visitors, managers can customise real-time alerts and notifications for VIP guests for better customer service. It also allows security control room staff or security officers on patrol using smartphones or body-cameras to identify and respond to unauthorised people on-site or in restricted areas.

Lee Copland, Managing Director, Maxxess EMEA says: “With the addition of SAFR facial recognition, eVisitor makes it even faster and easier for visitors, staff, contractors, and temporary workers to get into the areas where they are authorised to be. It also gives them secure access to the facilities and workspaces they need, from secure areas, storage, and meeting rooms through to visitors accessing Wi-Fi, and staff and contractors being able to connect to corporate networks as needed. It also allows IT managers to enable bring your own device (BYOD) policies, while simultaneously supporting staff to benefit from flexible, hybrid working more securely.”

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