By Dr. Andrew O’Brien
ICU Product Manager
St Alban’s Catholic Primary School in Warrington have
successfully trialled our ICU Pro biometric solution,
utilising it to automate staff access.
The system was implemented on a trial basis at the primary school last year in order to make entry to the school building quick, easy and safe for the teaching staff. It’s fantastic to see our facial analysis technology being used to ensure only authorised staff can gain access via a hygienic contactless entry system, keeping both staff and pupils safe in the school setting.
The headteacher valued how the entry system helped towards their COVID risk assessment as staff do not have to touch the keypad to gain access to the school. And teaching staff are finding the system convenient too as there is no need for them to try and locate their staff card especially
when arriving with their hands full! This trial was set up for staff access purposes only, so no images of pupils are saved or stored.
So how does it all work?
ICU developed by Innovative Technology uses facial analysis to control access to buildings. Facial analysis is a non-contact form of biometrics which can be used to identify and allow access for authorised persons. It can be used to replace or enhance the use of RFID cards/keys etc.
The concept is very simple – authorised FaceIDs are first added to a database. A FaceID is a very large number which is used to represent a real face.
A FaceID cannot be converted back into a real face and as such in this sense can be deemed anonymous.
A camera is connected to the ICU, which will acquire an image of the person attempting to gain access. It will convert that image to a FaceID and compare it with the authorised database. If a match occurs, the person is authorised, and the door will automatically open. If there is no match, then the door will not open. All data related to that process is then automatically deleted.
All processing is done on the ICU hardware, therefore no internet connection is required. The only data saved is that
of the authorised FaceIDs, no other personal data or identifying data is stored. No unauthorised images are ever
stored on the device.