Face Recognition

Guide to Face Recognition Access Control

Facial recognition used to be a futuristic idea. Today, however, we use face ID to access our smartphones and other smart devices every day. It’s a secure and convenient form of access to our information.

Now, face recognition is creating the same secure and convenient access to our physical spaces.

Face recognition access control has quickly become the emerging technology in physical access due to a shift towards health-conscious solutions that also offer incredible security.

Facial Recognition Access Control

To understand facial recognition as it is used for access control purposes, it’s important to first understand how facial recognition works. Understanding operability, benefits, and even privacy concerns will prepare users to make the best decisions when integrating this type of access security to a building.

Along with other benefits, face recognition can now be used to provide access to buildings in a safe, touchless manner. Instead of a key card, systems provide a camera based-reader, that authorizes entry using the person’s face. All you have to do it walk up and look at the reader, it runs recognition, identifies the person and sends a signal to unlock the doors.

COVID-19 and Face Recognition

With COVID-19, facial recognition used for access control has now become mainstream due to various reasons:

  • Ability to perform a touchless access
  • The need for setting up touchless systems in offices
  • Large scale familiarity and use of face ID by Apple for mobile unlock
  • Arrival of privacy focussed companies that provide a secure, privacy oriented platform for using face recognition
  • Improvements to facial recognition accuracy, which is now on par with a person’s ability to identity someone

Benefits of Face Recognition Access Control

While touchless access using face recognition offers clear benefits throughout COVID-19, it’s future-proof benefits are also worth mentioning:

  • Touchless access to doors
  • No need to remember to grab a key card
  • High security for the building, since you are verifying the person directly
  • Seamless; eliminates fumbling with a key at the access point
  • Self-enrollment for users

Face Recognition Access: Hardware and Equipment

Face recognition access control requires a specialized reader for running face recognition. However, most systems utilize the pre-existing hardware inside a building. Most facial recognition access reader hardware works with existing electronic door lock, current wiring, and motion sensors etc. This means you can upgrade to touchless access systems by reusing most of the infrastructure already in place.

Facial Recognition Door Openers

Facial recognition access systems can be combined with automatic door openers. With this combination, a person can walk up to a door, look at the reader, and the door would prop open automatically.

Facial Recognition Door Lock

Facial recognition credentials grant access and unlock doors, without having to carry keys, key cards, or other forms of credentials. This is a major benefit to the end user, but it is also especially beneficial to multifamily buildings and offices by reducing their burden of managing key cards and fobs.

Types of Biometric Access

Face recognition is just one form of biometric door access control method. There are a few other types of biometric access control methods:

  • Iris Recognition Access
  • Fingerprint Access Control
  • Palm Print Access Control

Iris recognition is another touchless form of biometric access control. However, it’s not widely adopted due to various reasons:

  • Iris recognition requires specialized enrollment process and hardware
  • Iris recognition requires that the person perfectly align their eyes, very close to the reader

Fingerprint biometric access control has taken a hit due to COVID-19, since people are apprehensive about touching common or high use surfaces.

Buying Considerations

Finding the best facial recognition access control system involves the following considerations:

  • Number of doors
  • Multiple site support or compatibility
  • Price per reader, and how that aligns with business goals
  • Enrollment process
  • Accuracy and security against photo based attempts to access
  • Reliability
  • Data privacy

Swiftlane Face Recognition Access Control

Swiftlane’s Face Recognition Access Control system is a completely touchless experience that allows users to simply walk up to a door, look at the SwiftReader device, and the door unlocks. It’s simple, intuitive, and secure. Check out the video below to see the Swiftlane face recognition access control experience.


SwiftReaders install with a single Power Over Ethernet wire, which ensures quick, cost effective, and fast installation. This uses existing ethernet based cabling inside the building, reducing cabling costs.

SwiftReaders install at a camera height of around 5 feet, and have a long vertical field of view that provides great coverage for people of various heights.

For people with disabilities, SwiftReaders come built in with mobile access control, so anyone in a wheelchair can simply use the Swiftlane mobile app to unlock doors.

User Self-Enrollment

Swiftlane provides the industry’s fastest enrollment process. Other systems require lining users in front of a reader in order to enroll them one by one. Swiftlane provides a mobile app for self-enrollment that can be done in 60 seconds.

  • Admins send an invite you to download the app via email
  • You download the app and login with your email
  • Scan your face directly via the app
  • That’s it, you can start using face recognition door access everywhere
face recognition enrollment

Anti-Spoofing Protection Against Photo and Video Access Attempts

Swiftlane comes built in with security against photos and videos. SwiftReaders check the 2D and 3D depth data of a face, as well as several other factors. The Swiftlane deep learning algorithms checks against this data and prevent’s people from getting in by holding a photo of a person

Cost Effective Access Control System

Unlike most facial recognition access companies in the market that cost upwards of $10,000 per reader, Swiftlane is far more affordable and a Swiftlane system costs the same price as installing a key card based system.

Enable High Security For Every Building

SwiftReaders perform 2D and 3D check against the face, to ensure appropriate authorization.

Face recognition access control checks the person themselves (who they are), not a key card (what they carry), or a PIN Code (what they know). This is more secure because key cards can be cloned easily with cheap cloners and pins can be shared.

Swiftlane Face Recognition comes with a built-in camera so you can see full audit logs of who is coming in and out, without relying on watching separate camera feeds or video surveillance integrations.

Cloud-Based Access Control

Swiftlane is a complete cloud-based access control system. This means you can manage access for users easily from anywhere, from your browser or phone, and more:

  • Manage access remotely
  • Grant/revoke access instantly
  • Integrate with Single sign on systems like OKTA, G Suite, and Azure Active Directory to automatically pull users into the system
  • Create detailed access levels and permission sets
  • Get real-time reporting and auditing
  • Create high security and peace of mind for your users

Privacy and Data Security

Swiftlane is a SOC 2 certified access control system. We perform annual penetration testing and take privacy and data security very seriously. Swiftlane encrypts traffic between devices and securely stores all the data to prevent any unauthorized access.


Facial recognition access control systems prices vary quite a lot, from $1,500 per door to $10,000 per door. Swiftlane system falls on the lowest end of the price point, starting around $1,300 per door.

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