New investments in startups and products seek to capitalize on biometric access control successes


From dasGate registering football spectators in Spain to a South African solution performing employee sobriety checks, a new product launch from Spectra Technovision and over $1 million in funding raised for startup Nine Engineering, biometrics access control continues to make headway in the market.

Belgian access control startup raises over $1 million

Nine Engineeringan access management and SaaS company based in Ghent, Belgium, which integrates biometrics into its products, has raised 1.1 million euros (approximately $1.16 million) to further refine its security offerings and of confidentiality, according to a delivery.

The startup’s product line includes the NineGuard, a biometric access control solution with onboarding, facial recognition and smartphone scans to grant access to security points, and monitoring of people on site; and NineID, a contractor management SaaS platform for centralizing documentation.

With its products, Nine Engineering claims to bridge a security gap between the physical and digital world. Roy Jeunen, co-founder of Nine Engineering, says current access control technology is outdated, non-privacy compliant, offers limited security and safety, and is often not user-friendly. As a result, Frederik Keysers, another co-founder of Nine Engineering, points to the demand from “big manufacturers” looking for an integrated software package that centralizes and automates the management of the identities and accesses they offer.

The company’s solutions would be scalable for use in production sites, airports and ports, and also applicable to fraudulent recording of working hours by employees.

Nine Engineering is backed by investors Pitchdrive and Noël Keysers, with loans from BNP Paribas and PMV. Jeunen says the company is ready to expand its business internationally in 2023, with plans to expand beyond the Benelux region into the UK, Scandinavia, Germany and potentially the US.

While biometric access control solutions have exploded in popularity during COVID-19, an IPVM report finds a decline in popularity with the decline of the pandemic, with the exception of high security environments, including including data centers and server rooms.

ERSBio partners on controlling sobriety at work

ERSBioa south african biometric access control and time and attendance company has partnered with another south african breathalyzer company ALCO-Safe to integrate its technology into workplace sobriety checks in industrial settings.

According to Engineering News, the two companies collaborated on an integrated breathalyzer solution called “Lion Alcontrol”. The solution requires the employee to enter a biometric fingerprint to confirm their identity as a registered employee, which activates an unmanned breathalyzer that requires a negative result to gain access to the workplace. The Lion Alcontrol can be installed on a wall as a voluntary device or affixed to a turnstile as an access control system with a siren that alerts others when a positive alcohol sample is detected. It can also be equipped with facial biometrics technology to prevent buddy clocking.

Zander Els, special projects consultant at ERSBio, explains that the Lion Alcontrol is linked to software that captures precise data on the number of tests, clocking hours and the number of employees who test positive for intoxication, which can be reported to the company to detect trends and find repeat offenders.

“Our partnership is mutually beneficial as we are able to offer the custom products ERSBio needs, while leveraging its established customer base and market expertise to tap into new markets. We look forward to a long-standing relationship with ERSBio’s bespoke solutions to meet the specific needs of the South African market,” says Rhys Evans, Managing Director of ALCO-Safe.

Biometrics and breathalyzers have already found combined use with places like Thief River Falls, Minnesota using the technology to reduce time spent on low-level offenders.

dasGate facial biometric testing for stadium entry expands

Spanish football team Osasuna used facial recognition from a Spanish company dasGatewhich uses Veridas facial biometrics, as a fast-track entry option for its El Sadar stadium, which dasGate says has been a success, processing 20 fans per minute.

The biometric security barrier is a facial recognition system that allows spectators to enter the stadium without queuing and without having the season ticket. Registration at the gate is said to take less than a minute, with the individual using their smartphone to scan an ID card, your membership QR and a selfie image. Once registered, they can enter with only their facial biometrics by standing in front of a kiosk.

Trials of the biometric access control system at El Sadar stadium were announced in 2021.

First tested in a security gate for Osasuna’s game against Alavés, promising results meant it was extended to eight gates for the game against Real Madrid. With the second time, this resulted in five times more people entering through the facial recognition turnstiles compared to the first use. The company says 20 people per minute entered through the biometric gates, which it calls “an unprecedented figure in the flow of fans entering a stadium”.

DasGate notes that there are two league matches left at El Sadar Stadium and eight gates will remain available with its biometric entry option.

Spanish facial recognition companies have already created apps for their local football teams and stadiums. FacePhi’s facial biometric technology is used in the Valencia CF stadium.

Spectra Develops Biometric Access Control Device for Indian SMBs

Spectra Technovision has launched an IoT-based biometric attendance and access control system in conjunction with a mobile application to meet the needs of Indian small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

The device, codenamed Biot, is said to feature a 2.8-inch thin-film transistor display, 500 dpi anti-scratch fingerprint sensor, 32-bit ARM Cortex processor, built-in Wi-Fi and flash. 128 MB of data. Memory that can store up to 48,000 transactions.

The Biot mobile application is described as a user-friendly application for controlling access to a user’s desktop.

“We studied the SME market quite intensively and made sure that Biot fixes all these weak points, such as tracking employees in the field, securing the owner’s cabin if they are not present and the generating relevant reports that help calculate payroll quickly. On top of all that, Biot’s sleek look is something no one else can top. It’s all about easily scaling with the pace of technology” , says Deepak Gulgulia, co-founder and CEO of Spectra.

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access control | biometric ticketing | biometrics | dasGate | ERSBio | facial biometrics | financing | identity verification | New Engineering | sobriety tests | Spectra Technovision | Veridas


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