In the wake of serious incidents, and particularly in the aftermath of 9/11, a pressing need arose in many quarters for better security, and this in turn boosted research into protective and preventive measures. Biometrics was one area in particular that seemed to offer a promising solution for a major issue that many security concepts encounter: How do you link identities and the corresponding authorizations to the right people? Following major technological advances over recent years, it is now possible to quickly capture and evaluate biological characteristics to a high quality standard and for a reasonable outlay. That is perhaps one reason why companies that are usually more at home in other sectors are now embracing this technology. One such company is Shuttle, which is better known for its compact computing solutions but is at CeBIT 2017 to unveil its "Biometric Identification System BR06".
The key feature of this new facial recognition solution from Shuttle is that it combines the capture of biometric facial data with additional security features such as fingerprints and RFID technology. Once the relevant data has been registered, the BR06 can be used to grant certain individuals access to sensitive areas within a building on the basis of a facial scan, or even to log attendance – all without the need for keys or access cards. Based on FreeRTOS, BR06 boasts short recognition times and high recognition rates, as well as a modular structure and fast setup.