Artificial intelligence may soon disrupt a new area of your business: how your employees get into the office.
Biometric authentication is a type of touch-free technology that uses biometric identifiers at entry points into a building, rather than ID cards or access codes that can be stolen. Using biometric indicators for frictionless access control to reduce the spread of germs, as well as detect threats by automatically alerting security systems when an unauthorized person attempts to enter a building; according to access control company Alcatraz A.I. Founded in 2016 in Cupertino, Calif. by Vince Gaidarjiev, who helped develop Apple’s iPhone Face ID feature, Alcatraz A.I. recently released a set of projections related to access control in 2023.

1.Barrier-free access will become more standard.
Interest in “barrier-free access control” was already on the rise before Covid-19. After the pandemic, as businesses seek to reduce physical contact while at the same time creating convenient and efficient ways for employees to get into the office, adoption of barrier-free access is expected to grow even faster.

2.Multifactor authentication will continue to grow.
Hybrid work models are forcing businesses to create secure ways for employees to work remotely using multi-factor authentication. These changes are leading to new zero-trust policies, and face authentication is a multi-factor authentication method that can work just as quickly as single-factor authentication.

З. Privacy and regulations will become more regional.
Legislation regarding biometric technology is becoming more widespread, providing a better understanding of how to use this technology securely. States such as California, Maryland and Texas are using biometrics, creating policies around use and retention and remaining compliant with non-automated regulations.

Existing Alcatraz access control products have been implemented by companies in more than 10 countries. In September, Alcatraz raised $25 million Series A, which Gaydarzhiev Inc. recently said will be used to fund international growth. However, it’s unclear when the market for biometric access products will lead to widespread adoption.
“It just takes time for the technology to become more cost-effective to meet consumer needs,” Gaydarzhiev said. He added that the company is also developing products to serve smaller customers.