The government of South Korea is looking to update its access control procedures at state buildings in the administrative capital of Sejong. The new security measures will include QR code pass cards and improved biometric facial recognition.
The news comes courtesy of the Ministry of the Interior and Safety, which indicated that it will introduce the new system with a trial at three buildings in Sejong. The facility currently uses facial recognition in conjunction with a public servant ID card, but administrators are looking to replace that system with a fully contactless one that relies solely on facial recognition. The new system would negate the need for card inspection and minimize face-to-face contact between employees during the COVID-19 pandemic. It would also make it easier to supplement the identity scan with other technologies like temperature detection to create a safer environment.
The government has partnered with a domestic start-up for the trial, and will use the feedback it receives to improve its performance. The program will then expand to the rest of the Sejong complex once the trial is complete.
In January, the Korean military’s Manpower Administration announced that Roansecure would be helping to create a new blockchain-based biometric identification system. The network will be built to FIDO standards, and will support facial recognition amongst other modalities.
Source: The Korea Bizwire
December 9, 2020 – by Eric Weiss