The Risks and Rewards of Facial Recognition Tech in Office Buildings

Offices have been integrating much more technology over the last several years, especially as a way to bring people back after the pandemic. One of the most advanced technologies that is being deployed is facial recognition. Facial recognition is being used as a type of biometric key, one that can grant access to doors and dispatch the proper elevators. Within the office itself, many companies are using the technology for things like tracking attendance, screening job candidates, and monitoring worker productivity. Makers of the technology tout its efficiency and ease of use for routine tasks like entering and leaving a building and monitoring employee movement and attendance. But not everyone is on board. Facial recognition has also generated criticism over the ethics of using biometrics in the workplace, as well as worries over privacy and accuracy. 

We may be seeing more face-reading technology in buildings these days but it’s something that’s been around for decades. Computerized facial recognition technology grew out of research by a group of scientists in the 1960s who worked on training computers to recognize human faces. These early computer programs created by the pioneering researchers were able to match facial features to a database, the defining feature of today’s facial recognition software. It’s being used in many commercial buildings for access control, where workers can simply stand still for a quick face scan and be able to enter a building without a badge or key card in hand. It’s the same for elevators, where a worker is

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