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Guide to Face Recognition Access Control

Last updated 2.23.22

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. Misuse of face recognition technology is a concern when it comes to privacy. People are worried about the use of technology for mass surveillance. Further, they want to be sure they are not being exploited, and reasonably so.

Now, face recognition is creating the same secure and convenient access to our communities and buildings.

As residents increasingly demand better security and amenities, building owners and property managers need to adopt solutions that prioritize high security and safety. Face recognition is one of the critical features that help enable safer, more secure communities.

Read more about how facial recognition works here.

Benefits of Face Recognition Access Control

  • Face recognition access inherently enables 2 factor authentication for the highest security
  • Touchless access to doors – no more fumbling with key cards, fobs, or phones
  • Secure, keyless access – no need to remember to grab a key card or fob
  • High-security access eliminates unauthorized entry into the building, which troubleshoots issues like package theft and vandalism
  • Photo audit of every access event
  • Eliminates the operating overhead required of traditional key management
Swiftlane face recognition

How Does Swiftlane Face Recognition Work?

Swiftlane face recognition access control 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.

Along with other benefits, face recognition door unlock 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.


How is face recognition more secure than key cards?
Key cards can be cloned with a cheap cloner, and are easily lost or stolen. Also, key cards cannot verify who is carrying the card. Swiftlane Face Recognition verifies the person that is trying to gain access, and also ensures that only authorized users are allowed access.

What does Swiftlane do with my face data?
Your data is stored securely on our servers with strong restrictions to access it. We never sell data and ensure all data is sent via encrypted communication and securely stored with the highest privacy and security.

Can someone try to use a photo of me to gain access to the building?
No. Swiftlane face recognition runs anti-spoofing via 2D and 3D data of the face, and prevents attempts to get in with just a photo or video of a person. 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

How much does Swiftlane cost?
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. door. Swiftlane system falls on the lowest end of the price point, starting around $1,300 per door.

What are your privacy and data security policies?
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. Read our full privacy policy here.

Am I required to use face recognition?
No. Swiftlane provides access via the Swiftlane mobile app, PIN codes, or face recognition, so face recognition is optional.

Swiftlane Data Security and Privacy

The driving force behind Swiftlane’s inception was to develop a privacy-oriented approach to the use of biometrics and face recognition. Our goal is to provide a trusted, reliable identity provider for enabling positive applications of biometrics like face recognition access control systems.

Swiflane’s vision is to promote the positive use of technology by building our foundation on privacy and security. As such, our practices are the core of the company and integrated into everything we do:

  • Swiftlane does not participate in mass surveillance – Swiftlane is an access control application. Think of it as Face ID from Apple but for building door access.
  • Swiftlane’s business model does not depend on data sharing contracts. We do not sell user data, and don’t plan to be a data broker ever.
  • Swiftlane performs penetration testing from external white hat hacking firms to annually check our data security procedures.
  • Our system is SOC 2 certified and HIPAA compliant
  • Swiftlane technology provides anti spoofing via 2D and 3D depth checks on a person’s face, to avoid attempts at access attempts by intruders. 

For answers to additional questions or concerns, please contact support at 505-657-9438 from Monday – Friday 9am-5pm PST or via email at

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