Disclaimer: A few years ago, I was part of a small company pushing facial recognition solutions. I am no longer affiliated with that effort and I don’t own any stock anymore and I have no financial or other interest in that field.
Now, to my point.
This country is making a big mistake ignoring the huge security advantage facial recognition systems offer, in particular at our schools and academic institutions.
These systems are very hard to fool, easy and inexpensive to install, and give the school campus security something they don’t have now at all, an early warning when the perimeter of the campus is being accessed improperly. Codes, keys, and cards are all a joke. The intruder need simply to steal them or copy them, and voila, they’re in!
Parents on the way to pick up their children, the kids themselves, administrators, everyone who belongs on the campus, simply looks into the camera as they enter, and a light somewhere in the security offices, clicks green. When that light clicks red, it means the person driving down the school driveway (yes, that early!) doesn’t belong there.
From elementary schools to college campuses, this amazing technology needs to be implemented immediately, from one coast to the other. I never understood, a few years back, while pitching these systems, how school after school would invest in other security measures (and practically everything else under the sun) but not this most amazing, difficult to beat, and stealthy technology.
The person entering improperly doesn’t even know – that school security knows — that they don’t belong there. This gives the person or persons responsible for security, an advantage, even if, for only a few moments. Those critical moments, as crisis after crisis has proven, can be the difference between life and death for our children.
What other system can reliably, and without interfering with the functioning of the institution, make the difference between the front door of the school being locked when the unwanted, would-be intruder gets to it, or not? None to be honest, and these systems are far less expensive than many of the significantly less effective options.
A gate with even just an intercom pad, can be reinforced with a camera looking at the person speaking into the intercom and instantly match that face with the schools permitted entry database. Those cameras do not have to be visible.
The database can also have sex offenders and other criminals loaded, so the school security or administration employees doesn’t just get a red blinking light when a stranger arrives, it can get a more serious alert when someone dangerous is at the gate.
No other security system in the world can match this, even a live guard, and these systems are so affordable now; it’s actually negligent (in my opinion) for every major school system, NOT to be using them.