Biometric authentication has gained popularity owing to its ability to provide highly secure and convenient access control. This technology relies on unique physical or behavioral characteristics of individuals, such as fingerprints, facial features, or iris patterns, to verify their identity. Biometric access control systems offer several advantages including reduced vulnerability to credential theft or loss, as biometric data is difficult to forge. They also enhance user experience by eliminating the need for physical access cards or PINs. With advancements in biometric technology and improved accuracy, these systems have found end uses in various sectors, from corporate offices to government facilities, where security is paramount.
User interfaces and software for access control systems were becoming more user-friendly. This trend aimed to simplify the management of access permissions and monitoring, making it more accessible for non-technical users. The ability to monitor and manage access control systems remotely was a significant trend. This was especially important in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, as businesses sought touchless and remote solutions.