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Canon launches a contactless digital entry solution called FACTS as we begin reopening

By Ken Wong - on 19 Jun 2020, 9:44am

Canon launches a contactless digital entry solution called FACTS as we begin reopening

The different FACTS setups. Image courtesy of Canon

As Singapore prepares for a partial reopening in phase 2 tomorrow, shops, malls, restaurants, and offices are looking at ways to comply with the Singapore Government’s standards on safe entry and contact tracing.

Canon Singapore announced today the launch of FACTS, a digital check-in solution that is tablet-based and therefore contactless.


FACTS at work

An all-in-one solution. Image courtesy of Canon

Called Facial Access Control Temperature System (FACTS), it uses an 8-inch tablet which combines the functions of a camera, infrared thermography, near-field communication (NFC) device, barcode scanner and data storage.

Visitors stand within 0.5 to 0.7 metres from the device to have their temperature taken with an accuracy of ± 0.3 degrees Celsius within just a few seconds. They will receive a green text box and voice message if they pass the temperature screening.

The device will then request for the visitor’s identity, which can be quickly obtained by scanning the visitor’s identification cards such as NRIC (the latest digital version is also accepted) or driver’s license at the barcode scanner. The device also can be set to automatically take a photo of the visitor, if required.

On a single device, users can toggle between a digital check-in and check-out process. By using multiple FACTS devices to check-in and out on, the process becomes truly contactless.

Much like the facial recognition solutions used to unlock mobile phones, FACTS comes with an anti-spoofing feature that prevents unauthorised personnel from impersonating someone else to enter the premises, e.g. by using a photo or still taken from a video.

FACTS in use at Laguna Country Club. Image courtesy of Canon

Canon’s FACTS solution is currently deployed at all Sushi Tei outlets as well as Laguna Country Club.


FACTS are not free

Depending on the solution, a standalone unit or centralised system, uses can expect to pay anything from S$3,200 up to around S$5,000. The data entered into a standalone system is kept for 30 days. While a centralised system is able to hold it longer depending on compliance requirements.

Norman Ayob, Head of Sales, Imaging & Analytics Solution, Canon Singapore said that there are plans to allow the integration of FACTS into a company’s existing facial recognition solution by July with the tablets themselves becoming an intelligent edge and capable of doing their own analytics.

Some malls are already doing their bit to get ready for the reopening. But FACTS will help make entering and exiting faster.

reated surfaces can guard against bacteria and virus for up to six months. Image courtesy of CapitaLand

Edwin Teoh, Head of Marketing, Singapore Operations, Canon Singapore said,

As more retail stores and workplaces reopen after the Circuit Breaker in Singapore, it is important to continue complying with safe management measures at the workplace. We need to digitalise check-in and check-out processes as much as possible, with the least number of people. We also need it to be fast and easy to use so that we can get back to work quickly and safely.

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