Articles by Hanchul Kim
Facial recognition technology has come a long way since it first came to market several years ago. Initially plagued with technical challenges and widely viewed as a futuristic solution, facial recognition is now firmly implanted in numerous consumer and business products and applications. New advancement in software, specifically in the areas of algorithms, neural networks and deep learning and/or artificial intelligence (AI), have all dramatically improved both the performance and accuracy of facial recognition, further expanding its use for an increasing number of applications. Facial recognition’s powerful identification and authentication capabilities make it ideal for two applications: first as a security tool, and second as a workforce management solution. The Touchless, Accurate Credential Solution Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, the touchless nature of facial recognition as an access credential was gaining traction with physical and cyber security professionals. Using an individual’s face as an access control credential eliminates the need for physical cards or PIN codes. Facial recognition readers meet the new emerging need to limit physical exposure to germs by offering a highly accurate touchless access control. Facial recognition readers meet the new emerging need to limit physical exposure to germs and viruses As a workforce management tool, facial recognition helps preserve the health of employees checking into work, while providing management with an infallible means of documenting employee time and attendance while providing a detailed history of overall workforce activity and individual personnel tracking. Both of which have been longstanding challenges due to easily compromised time tracking systems and practices. Now, nothing is left to question based on hard data. Selecting the right solution for your specific access control and/or workforce management application is dependent on a very wide range of variables. But there are a few core characteristics that you should look for when evaluating facial recognition readers. Wide And Near-Angle LEDs Most facial recognition terminals employ some form of IR (Infrared) technology to help ensure high visibility by the unit’s image sensor. This often limits where the unit can be installed such as outdoors or near windows due to strong ambient light. More advanced facial recognition readers employ as many as 80 wide-angle near infrared LEDs and 60 narrow-angle near infrared LEDs, allowing the unit to recognize faces even in full daylight and brightly lit environments (not direct sun). This enables installation at indoor locations near windows, lobbies and building entries. 3D Pixel Intensity Distribution Analysis Another advancement to look for involves three-dimensional pixel intensity analysis. Ambient lighting contains ultraviolet rays which can negate near infrared LED lighting, and can also cast shadows making it difficult for a facial recognition reader to pinpoint the facial recognition points required for identification and authentication. Three-dimensional pixel intensity distribution analysis minimizes the effects of ambient light when acquiring facial images by minimizing lighting contrasts. As a result, it is easier for the algorithm to recognize the shape of the face, enabling it to extract more facial features and create higher quality face templates. Functional Ergonomics The angle and position of a facial recognition reader directly impact the performance of the unit. Facial recognition readers with different viewing angles for built-in visual and infrared cameras allows users to stand at positions that are most suitable for facial recognition with little or no effort of contortions. This results in a faster, more comfortable, and convenient user experience. High Performance Processing The performance of a facial recognition solution is directly reliant on its processing power. New advanced facial recognition readers employ enhanced face template extraction technology and powerful processors. A 1.4 GHz quad-core processor can perform up to 3,000 facial database matches (1:N) within one second. More advanced solutions also feature Group Matching functionality capable of executing up to 30,000 matches in one second. Live Face Detection It is most important that the facial recognition readers you evaluate are capable of analyzing faces in real time to maintain fluid entry/egress even during high volumes of employee traffic. Hardware-dependent live face detection systems employing technologies such as facial thermogram recognition and facial vein recognition require expensive hardware components, provide less accurate matches and slower authentication performance, which is counterintuitive for mainstream access control and workforce management applications. Dual Authentication For Added Security Although the use of an advanced facial recognition reader provides the convenience, health benefits and cost-savings of touchless identification and authentication, there are many applications where more than one credential may be necessary to ensure the highest levels of security. Advanced facial recognition readers with multimodal, multifactor credentialing capabilities provide this added security benefit. Videophone Or Intercom Capabilities Facial recognition readers with multifunctionality can solve several challenges with one solution. A perfect example includes devices with SIP (session initiation protocol) videophone capabilities which effectively eliminate the need and associated expense of installing separate intercom devices while adding another layer of security to one’s facility. The COVID-19 pandemic and post-pandemic world have accelerated the need for highly accurate, cost-efficient, reliable facial recognition technologies. Selecting the right solution for your access control and/or workforce management is more important than ever before, making extra due diligence during the evaluation process a smart decision.
Suprema, a globally renowned company in access control, biometrics and time & attendance solutions, hosted a virtual partner summit on Feb 3, 2021, where it announced new leadership, shared business success stories as well as a business blueprint for future growth. Suprema Partner Summit The Partner Summit, attended by close to hundred Suprema partners, began with a greeting from James Lee, the new Chairman of the company. Lee thanked partners for Suprema’s sales performance, shared how Suprema headquarter employees are striving under the COVID-19 pandemic, and introduced the new leaders of Suprema. Hanchul Kim, previous Managing Director of Suprema, was appointed the new Head of BioStar business. Seongbin Choi, the former Head of Software R&D, is now leading the entire BioStar R&D. Andrew Kim, who joined Suprema, in September 2020, as Chief Strategic Officer, was named the new Head of MOCA Systems Inc., a Suprema-affiliate start-up specializing in mobile credential solution. FaceStation F2, the fusion multimodal terminal At the virtual partner summit, Suprema shared the success of FaceStation F2 At the virtual partner summit, Suprema shared the success of FaceStation F2, the fusion multimodal terminal featuring Suprema’s latest face recognition technology that combines the best of IR and visual face recognition methods. “FaceStation F2 hit record sales for most units sold three months into the launch. This is the most success than with any other product we’ve ever released,” said the new Head of BioStar business, Hanchul Kim. Contactless and face recognition solutions He adds, “Thanks in part to the success of FaceStation F2, Suprema’s sales units of face recognition devices more than doubled in 2020. With the demand for contactless solutions on the rise, we expect face readers to account for around thirty percent of entire unit sales in 2021.” Suprema also presented a five-year vision to become a renowned provider of ACaaS (Access Control as a Service) to enterprise market, using AI, big data and cloud technology. Visual recognition, data analytics and AI expert “Suprema has a strong visual recognition, data analytics and AI technology that will serve well in advancing to object and motion detection, so it really is a natural path for us to expand to the field of fire, intrusion alarm and video surveillance and take BioStar platform to the cloud to offer a total solution to higher-end enterprise customers,” Hanchul Kim further explained. Towards the end of the event, Suprema gave a peek of X-Station 2 scheduled for launch in the first half of the year. X-Station 2 is an advanced touchscreen-based card reader capable of adding QR code module option at the bottom.
Suprema, a global provider of biometrics and security, announced that the company will showcase its new-generation time and attendance workstations at HR Technology Conference & Exposition 2019 in Las Vegas on October 1. At the show, Suprema will make an official launch of the company’s first, dedicated time and attendance workstations, namely NOVUS and OMNIS, which are fully customizable to meet various needs from diverse end-user industries. Suprema NOVUS is a versatile, powerful, and fully modular enterprise-class product, designed for use in any Time and Attendance or Workforce Management applications. Powered by Android 8 Oreo operating system, NOVUS provides a defined and supported environment that allows partners and integrators the ability to deploy new or existing Android applications – complementing, supporting, and extending their current cellphone platform functionality. Comprehensive authentication options Designed with a fully modular structure, NOVUS provides the world’s best fingerprint biometrics; high-speed, flexible wired and wireless communications for virtually any connectivity requirement; a powerful processor for the most demanding end-user facing applications; a large, easy-to-read touchscreen display; versatile card reader support; and a host of other standard and optional features that provide the rapid configurability needed to meet the demands of any end-user site requirement. At the show, Suprema will also make official debut of the OMNIS, which provides most advantages of NOVUS but with single, non-modular hardware platform for a simpler configuration. OMNIS provides comprehensive authentication options with built-in fingerprint authentication, multi-frequency RF reader and PIN with touchscreen keypad. Renowned biometric technologies To experience latest Suprema products and technologies, please book a demo at below link or visit Suprema booth" “We are excited to introduce our new time and attendance workstations at HR Technology Conference and Exposition, the world’s largest trade show focusing on HR professionals who are our target customers. Our new workstations, NOVUS and OMNIS have been designed to improve user experience for HR professionals with its fully customizable firmware and authentication options." "While providing comprehensive interoperability with 3rd party systems, our products will provide exceptional convenience and higher level of security powered by Suprema’s renowned biometric technologies,” said Hanchul Kim, Director of Global Business at Suprema. Enhanced sales and technical support Earlier this year, Suprema established Suprema America LLC to provide enhanced sales and technical support to serve the company’s fast growing sales channels and customers in the US market. To experience latest Suprema products and technologies, please book a demo or visit Suprema booth (#B218) at HR Technology Conference and Exposition 2019.
Suprema, a global provider of biometrics and security, announced that the company has expanded its sales and technical support force in United States to support the company’s fast-growing sales channel and to enhance its local technical support. On July 1st 2019, Suprema formalized the launch of Suprema America LLC, confirming the appointment of Hanchul Kim as the US subsidiary’s Managing Director. In addition, Suprema established the opening of the US technical support hub in Orlando, Florida and also a warehouse in Austin, Texas, to serve the company’s nationwide dealers, system integrators and distributors. Biometric-based workforce management “The establishment of Suprema America LLC well demonstrates our permanent commitment to the Suprema’s brand in US market. As our US business grows rapidly, we will keep expanding our sales and tech support team throughout the year. To our US customers, establishing Suprema America LLC will further guarantee our localized delivery of high-quality products and services which is appreciated by our customers around the world,” said Hanchul Kim, Managing Director of Suprema America LLC. “To grow further in US market, we will keep our focus on BioStar2 access control solution combined with Suprema’s world-leading biometrics. In addition, we will introduce a whole new line of biometric-based workforce management products dedicated to US market later this year at HR Tech Expo in Las Vegas,” Kim added.
Suprema, a provider of biometrics and security technologies, announces that it has integrated its latest BioStar 2 solution into Nedap's access control system, AEOS. This will enable organizations around the world to use Suprema's incredibly accurate fingerprint recognition technology in combination with AEOS. Ruben Brinkman, alliance manager at Nedap explains: “There's a growing global demand for smarter, more secure ways of identifying people. Biometric technology is pushing the limits in this arena, consolidating increased security with unparalleled convenience. We're fully embracing these developments and view the Biostar integration as a valuable extension to our proposition. We're very excited to welcome Suprema to our ecosystem of technology partners and are looking forward to future developments.” Best biometric security Suprema achieved this integration by using Nedap's Bio-API, which was specifically developed to enable biometric manufacturers to integrate their solutions into AEOS. Suprema will provide users with the best biometric security available in the market" “The integration of Suprema BioStar 2 with Nedap's AEOS is an ideal combination of best-of-breed solutions in access control and biometrics. To maximize the benefits of Nedap's access control solution, Suprema will provide users with the best biometric security available in the market,” said Hanchul Kim, global sales director at Suprema. The integration is so seamless that there's no need for operators to switch from screen to screen - they can continue working in AEOS to manage finger enrolment and biometric identities. Provide strong encryption The biometric profiles are stored in BioStar and are constantly synchronized with AEOS; an information exchange safeguarded through SSL certificates, which provide strong encryption. Both Nedap's and Suprema's clients deal with an exceptional variety of security requirements. “This can make project implementation complex in nature,” Ruben Brinkman remarks. He continues: “So the primary goal for this integration has always been to provide a truly flexible and scalable solution that's easy to implement and maintain. It's been well received by the market, with the first projects already in the pipeline.” Both Nedap and Suprema are strongly committed to maintaining this integration, ensuring future backward compatibility and adding new functionalities along the way.
Suprema, global provider of biometrics and access control solutions, has announced that it will showcase new-generation mobile solution and latest facial recognition biometrics at IFSEC 2019 in London on June 18. Suprema mobile credential service Suprema's new mobile credential service provides the end-to-end solution including a cloud-based portal services, a mobile app, BLE readers, open API and in-app SDK for 3rd party support. The new service provides users with easier mobile card administration, enhanced level of security, extensive choice of card types, and cost-efficient pricing plans. We are excited to introduce our new mobile credential service at IFSEC 2019" "We are excited to introduce our new mobile credential service at IFSEC 2019. The new service has been designed to improve overall user experience and enhance interoperability with 3rd party systems, readers and apps," said Hanchul Kim, Director of Global Business at Suprema. XPass 2 RFID access readers To fulfill the new mobile solution, Suprema will also launch XPass 2 readers, a series of access readers supporting BLE, NFC and various types of RFID standards. Comes in both gang box and mullion form factors, the new XPass 2 readers are intelligent edge controllers fully support BioStar 2 and mobile authentication. FaceLite facial recognition terminal In addition, Suprema will also demonstrate the new FaceLite, the company's latest facial recognition terminal for the first time in UK and EU market. Launched in April 2019, the new FaceLite is designed for both the enterprise access control systems and time attendance applications by featuring Suprema's industry-leading technologies and innovative features. Loaded with powerful 1.2GHz CPU and massive 8GB memory, FaceLite achieves incredible matching speed of up to 30,000 matches per second and accommodates up to 30,000 users while providing intuitive face-enrollment GUI for faster user registration. On the optical side, the new face recognition technology overcomes possible interference from dynamic lighting conditions including sunlight and ambient light. The new technology allows greater range of operating illuminance from zero lux to 25,000 lux which covers almost every possible lighting condition regardless of indoor or outdoor, day or night. Biometrics and access control Along with new mobile credential service and face recognition technology, Suprema will also showcase the company's extensive range of latest biometrics and access control solutions at IFSEC 2019.
FaceLite is designed for both the enterprise access control systems and time attendance applications by featuring Suprema's technologies and innovative features. Loaded with powerful 1.2GHz CPU and massive 8GB memory, FaceLite achieves incredible matching speed of up to 30,000 matches per second and accommodates up to 30,000 users while providing intuitive face-enrollment GUI for faster user registration. On the optical side, the new face recognition technology overcomes possible interference from dynamic lighting conditions including sunlight and ambient light. The new technology allows greater range of operating illuminance from zero lux to 25,000 lux which covers almost every possible lighting conditions regardless of indoor or outdoor, day or night. While providing uncompromised face-matching performance over FaceStation 2, the company’s flagship face recognition terminal, FaceLite comes in compact structure to provide extra flexibility in installation. Contactless biometrics for user convenience For RF card support, FaceLite features dual-frequency, multi-card reading technology. The device supports both 125 kHz and 13.56 MHz frequencies and reads most types of RFID card standards with a single device including MIFARE, DESFire, FeliCa and EM. To support wide spreading cellphone credential (smartphone authentication) FaceLite also supports both BLE and NFC technologies. “FaceLite well reflects Suprema’s commitment to technology leadership and market focus. There are growing demands for contactless biometrics which provides enhanced user convenience and hygiene while maintaining higher level of security”, said Hanchul Kim, Director of Global Business at Suprema. “Our new generation facial recognition technology far outpaces all current competitors in terms of matching speed and accuracy and, moreover, our technology offers greater practicality and robustness by offering increased operating illuminance, height range and user capacity,” Kim added. Along with new face recognition technology, Suprema will showcase the company’s extensive range of latest biometrics and access control solutions at ISC West 2019.
AMAG Technology, a provider of unified solutions that help organizations mitigate risk, meet compliance and save money, announces the integration of its Symmetry Access Control v9.1 software with Suprema’s BioLite N2 and BioEntry P2 Biometric readers. The integration allows Symmetry users to gain biometric access to a door using their fingerprint and a credential. Suprema is a long-time member of AMAG’s Symmetry Preferred Partner Program. Both AMAG and Suprema have tested and certified the integration. “The Symmetry Access Control integration with Suprema’s biometric readers provides a powerful, yet flexible security option for our customers who demand multi-factor authentication security for highly secure areas such as data centers,” said AMAG Technology, Vice President of Products and Partner Programs, Jason Schimpf. “We are pleased to continue our long and successful relationship with Suprema and are excited to provide our customers with a reliable biometric option for their security needs.” Customized biometric security “Our partnership with AMAG and integration with Symmetry provides customers with a dependable and fast biometric reader that can operate in any environment,” said Suprema, Managing Director, Hanchul Kim. “Our fast fingerprint matching provides a quick response for users, and customers will benefit from the two or three factor authentication available to them.” When integrated with Symmetry Access Control software, the Suprema readers provide end users with several options for access. In high-security environments, organizations can implement card+PIN+biometric to obtain access. In areas where a biometric is not needed, card+PIN is an option. Decreasing network traffic Biometric enrollment of Symmetry cardholders is performed within the Symmetry Access Control interface. The user can store the enrolled biometric templates in the Symmetry database or on the card. When the fingerprint is stored on the card, all authentication is performed at the reader, decreasing network traffic while delivering a more efficient system. The reader will operate if the connection to the server fails. The BioLite N2 provides superior protection against moisture, dust and liquid in the harshest environments. Featuring Suprema’s fingerprint algorithm along with its latest optical sensor, BioLite N2 also provides exceptional performance and high level of security.
Suprema, a provider of biometrics and security, announces that the company will showcase GDPR-ready enterprise access control solutions at Security Essen 2018 including its latest range of biometric readers, multi-band RF card readers, mobile credentials and access control software platform. At the show, Suprema will introduces BioLite N2, the world's best performing outdoor fingerprint terminal. BioLite N2 is designed for both the enterprise access control systems and time attendance applications with well blends Suprema's technologies and innovative features. With a powerful 1.2GHz CPU and massive 4GB memory, BioLite N2 achieves incredible matching speed up to 20,000 matches per second and accommodates up to 10,000 users and provides instant matching results with minimal lag time. Mobile Credential Technology For reliable operation under extreme conditions such as outdoor installation and harsh climate, BioLite N2 features a rugged IP67 structure with a operating temperature range between -20 to 50 C. The device also features illuminated keypad and high-contrast GUI for better visibility under various lighting conditions. BioStar 2 Mobile Card enables users to issue electronic ID cards in users' smartphones, which capable of completely replacing existing plastic cards To answer emerging demand of mobile credential technology in EU market, Suprema will reveal its latest development of mobile credential technology. The latest BioStar 2 Mobile Card enables users to issue electronic ID cards in users' smartphones, which capable of completely replacing existing plastic cards. To make the mobile credential versatile over both Android smartphones as well as iPhones, BioStar 2 Mobile Card supports NFC and BLE communication. Revenue Opportunity "At Suprema, we are pleased to announce the expansion of the enterprise-level security solution with the addition of high-performance biometric readers and mobile credential technology at Security Essen 2018. At Suprema, our commitment is focused to meet stringent requirement from enterprise-level security systems, provide best available credential technology and response to growing IoT trends. As a result, we'd like to create an added revenue opportunity for Suprema's global distribution partners and installers in promoting their Suprema portfolio offering," said Hanchul Kim, Sales Director at Suprema. At the show, Suprema will also showcase GDPR-ready access control solution. As an EU provider of biometric access control solution, Suprema has anticipated the regulation by providing key technical features to comply with GDPR and the company will provide full demonstration of its latest GDPR-ready access control solution. Suprema has established direct operations in 3 EU countries - France, Germany and UK - to improve local sales and technical support. According to the IHS Markit 2016 report, the company ranked first in EMEA market share for biometric access control.
Suprema, a global provider of biometrics and security technology, has announced the launch of its CoreStation(TM) solution, unique to the industry and the most advanced biometrics-based intelligent access controller in the market today. Intelligent Biometric Door Controller The CoreStation is an intelligent door controller, which provides the advantages of biometric-enabled security over centralized access control systems. Designed for mid to enterprise-level systems, CoreStation handles up to 500,000 users with incredible fingerprint matching speed of up to 400,000 matches per second. Providing high-performance, biometric readiness and Ethernet communication, CoreStation is capable of offering comprehensive access control functionalities for up to 132 access points along with the company's BioStar 2 security platform. The device also provides centralized biometric template management and interfaces with a complete set of reader technologies including RS-485(OSDP) and Wiegand. Secure Large-scale Access Control "The new CoreStation is designed to fulfill the demand for biometric technology within more secure, larger-scale access control applications with a centralized topology. While providing intelligent controller functionality, the device also manages fingerprint matching and biometric data storage under secure location. With the addition of this intelligent biometric controller to Suprema's existing access control portfolio, our customers will have more choice and flexibility in designing their security systems," said Hanchul Kim, Director of Global Business at Suprema. "While providing intelligent controller functionality, the device also manages fingerprint matching and biometric data storage under secure location" "With its extension module peripherals, reader compatibility and versatility in application, CoreStation will provide perfect access control solutions for both new installations as well as a replacement of existing systems," Kim added. Stringent Access Control Data Security On the security side, the CoreStation far enhances levels of security over edge-based IP access control topologies. Taking full advantage of centralized access control, CoreStation provides the secure storage of biometric data and secure wiring options. In addition, by featuring secure TLS 1.2 communication and 256-bit(AES-256) encryption, CoreStation offers the most stringent data security available today. Along with the introduction of CoreStation, Suprema also launches BioEntry R2, a dedicated slave fingerprint/RF reader to complete biometric-enabled centralized access control system.
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