To get into an office building, most will need to pass a security guard in the lobby and will need a keycard to access their specific floor or set of offices. In the future, facial recognition and finger print scanners will provide access to workplaces to make them more secure. The use of this type of technology will remove the risk of having people sneak into restricted areas and provide increased security for confidential information.
These predictions come from Samsung and Ovum consultants, who presented their ideas from a whitepaper at the Futurescape event in London last week.
“Device manufacturers are increasingly incorporating biometrics into their devices. For businesses this creates a whole new bunch of opportunities," said Ovum's Adian Drury. “For the end user it delivers a smoother end experience. You’re saving milliseconds but everyone knows how much time you spend on your phone.”
In the whitepaper, the companies also outline the benefits to the physical safety that facial recognition will provide.
“Smartphones, tablets and laptops are increasingly capable of sophisticated biometrics through integrated finger print or iris scanners, and facial recognition is possible with any connected device with a high resolution forward facing camera," the whitepaper reads. “These new authentication factors create the potential for a work place that is not only physically more secure, but also creates a less disruptive flow through the workplace for authorized personnel.”
The companies also said that the use of these technologies will require more flexibility among workplaces to expand the use of technologies people use. Going beyond the use of smartphones and tablets, this can include allowing employees to choose which applications they prefer to work with. This flexibility will also help to lead to a more productive workforce, Samsung said.