End of Biometric attendance. Is Facial Recognition next?

Given the highly contagious Covid-19 threat, the use of biometric machines has come under scanner
Consider this:

A steel plant has thousands of contract workers. The plant has now restarted after the pandemic. The bio-metric machine used at the security is now a risk. However, a reliable alternative is needed to check the impostors entering the plant in place of actual workers.

Could facial recognition attendance system be an alternative to bio-metrics ?

Face recognition

As facial recognition technology adoption by mobile companies demonstrates, facial recognition is emerging as a hands-free way to gain access. However, facial recognition algorithms must still overcome some significant challenges to become mainstream.

Challenges for Adaption of Facial Recognition


Advanced technology that is used by the likes of government agencies is high in cost as well. On the other hand, cheaper options in this field often do not live up to the expectations of customers.


There is no set of specific standards which would enable customers to evaluate the solutions that vendors have to offer.


Facial recognition technology is often seen to intrude into privacy. At this point, an educated debate with the customers around the issues of privacy often becomes difficult.

Early adoption of facial recognition technology has already begun…

  • Rajiv Gandhi International Airport at Hyderabad recently became the first airport in India to initiate facial recognition. After enrolling into the programme, passengers can now pass seamlessly through all touchpoints at the airport for further departures.
  • Medical colleges in Japan are already using facial recognition technology to log attendance in classes.
  • Bengaluru, Manmad and Bhusawal railway stations have been provided with facial recognition technology backed by artificial intelligence. This has been done to identify and nab criminals.


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