September 25, 2013 – by Peter B. Counter
When it comes to physical access control and authorization the images that fly through the minds of most people are Hollywood depictions of high security areas keeping the righteous rogue protagonists (usually either Tom Cruise or Matt Damon) from getting to their convoluted, conspiracy-revealing goal. This is going to change, at least in China, now that Lumidigm has positioned itself that the gates, ticket booths and member kiosks of entertainment complexes all over the country by integrating its multispectral technology with Galasys Technologies stations.
An end-user solution with a variety of applications, the biometric stations facilitate millions of public interactions with Lumidigm sensors. With deployments ranging from those that cater to infants – the Beijing children’s park Babyboss protects against child theft by making sure the parents fingerprints match the ones encoded on a wristband worn by the little one – to some that sounds pretty fun for everyone, like the Changzhou Dinosaur Land that interacts biometrically with its attendees 2.8 million times per year.
The Lumidigm sensors can work in a variety of conditions, and thanks to the nature of multispectral imaging are unaffected by outdoor conditions such as rain, or everyday fingerprinting issues like dirty or scarred hands.
Speaking to these features, business development director of Galasys, Thomas Khew, had this to say about the challenges faced when dealing with this kind of deployment: “With millions of reads per year at the venues we serve, we cannot have people standing in line while frustrated users try repeatedly to get into the parks.”
The inclusion of Lumidigm sensors in amusement park attendee management solutions bolsters the company’s posturing at last week’s Biometric Consortium Conference: a booth on the exhibition room floor with demonstrations of technology meant for automatic banking, access control of various kinds and even the consumer automotive industry.