Korean Gov’t to Implement Biometric Access Control at Public Buildings

The South Korean government will introduce biometric security to its public buildings. The announcement comes in the wake of a high-profile trespassing incident, with the government asserting that it will introduce access control based on facial recognition.

Korean Gov't to Implement Biometric Access Control at Public BuildingsThe buildings currently see about 32,000 employees and 6,000 visitors on a daily basis, and use a security system based on ID cards. Earlier this year, an individual managed to gain entry to one government building five times over the course of February and March after stealing multiple ID cards, aiming to alter the results of his civil service exam.

It’s a relatively benign incident to have prompted the security upgrade, suggesting that government officials may already have been considering biometric access control prior to the breach; or it may just be good fortune that such a harmless trespass could trigger security upgrades capable of preventing more serious incidents. In any case, the move reflects what appears to be a growing appetite for this kind of security across both government and private sector organizations, and the South Korean government’s implementation of advanced physical access control is very much in keeping with its increasingly sophisticated approach to digital security in other areas.

Source: The Korea Herald

May 13, 2016 – by Alex Perala