COVID-19: Cybersecurity, Biometrics, and Access Control for On-Premises and Remote Workers

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By Dimitrios Pavlakis | 2Q 2020 | IN-5804


Contactless Biometrics Receiving Additional Investment


COVID-19 has greatly affected the biometrics market, forcing a split between contactless modalities, like face and iris, and contact ones, like fingerprint and vein, which are currently struggling to uphold the new stringent infection control protocols. This has caused an unprecedented demand in remote logical access control followed by new investment opportunities. What followed was a demand surge in contactless technologies (with face recognition being the clear winner) but a calamitous effect on the contact-only ones, forcing governments and organizations to stall many current fingerprint access control applications and postpone similar projects in the implementation pipeline.

Physical On-Premises Access Control: Governmental Reactions to the Outbreak


All contact-only biometric modalities (affecting fingerprint, vein, and finger-vein) are currently on the downslope. While on the surface this just looks like a standard security measure with few implications, it has actually caused significant challenges…

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