Idemia taps into biometric access market with Bosch partnership

Paris, France

Idemia has entered into a global partnership with Bosch Building Technologies to tap the fast-growing biometric access control market. According to some market analysts, this market at $1bn in 2021, will grow to $1.4 by 2024, twice the growth of traditional access control systems.

This booming market comes from the fact that a growing number of companies understand that for their security, they cannot rely anymore only on simple ID badges, that can be cloned (for older technologies still used by 44% of companies according to an ASIS survey) or simply stolen. The consequence is that it is never possible to know with certainty who is entering the premises. Biometrics, based on personal, physiological, unforgeable characteristics, provide the highest degree of certainty that the person passing the door is a genuine authorised employee. Bosch Building Technologies offers a software solution that manages different Bosch security subsystems like access control, video surveillance, fire alarm, public address and intrusion systems on one single platform, the Bosch Building Integration System (BIS).

In order to add a biometric layer to BIS, Bosch has selected Idemia’s terminals: Idemia is the market leader of biometrics for access control with more than 25 years experience in that domain, and hundreds of thousands of terminals successfully deployed for a great variety of industries, throughout the world.

Bosch will offer Idemia’s flagship contactless biometric terminals Morphowave, offered as the only terminal in the world capable of scanning and verifying 4 fingerprints in less than 1 second through a quick, simple and fully touchless wave movement of the hand; and, Visionpass, an advanced facial recognition terminal combining 2D, 3D and infrared cameras with Idemia’s leading facial algorithms.

Both terminals combine high biometric accuracy, speed and convenience with a fully touchless user experience. They operate efficiently with sanitary masks and are therefore well adapted for Covid-prevention policies. Idemia terminals are already integrated with the BIS platform and with most gates and turnstile vendors. This will greatly facilitate deployments in Bosch specific markets with a focus on commercial buildings, industrial and logistics sites, government premises and airports/seaports.

"...When our customers are going to deploy biometric terminals for their security, they will be installed for years so we want to offer them the best option. Idemia is therefore for us the right partner because of their technology expertise and field-proven quality and performances." Gregor Schlechtriem, Senior Vice President Bosch Building Technologies Business Unit Access & Intrusion.

"We are delighted to start this global partnership with Bosch. The combination of our biometric devices with the BIS platform will be a strong offering for companies looking for a high level of security and user convenience." Yves Portalier, EVP Biometric Devices and Automotive at Idemia.


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