Facial recognition technology has been usefully implemented for a few years now – most notably in some smartphones as a means of unlocking the device – but it’s just starting to make its way to the business world.

Quantifying its value, however, requires a company to be willing to automate mundane office tasks and fully embrace this technology.

What Automation Looks Like

How often have you gone to the office early, only to realize you left your key card or key fob at home? We’ve all done it, but with facial recognition technology, building access can be automated to open upon a facial scan. That means no more forgetting the key card at home – and, this technology could even double as a way for employees to clock in and out.

This technology can also be employed to allow 24/7 access to an office building. This eliminates the process of requesting special access during “off” hours, replacing it with a fully-automated system that can track who’s using the building at any given point.

That’s an obvious time-savings benefit, but how can this technology save your company money?

The Money Savings

Facial recognition technology – when properly adopted and implemented – will save your IT department serious cash.

According to Image One, IT department employees spend 35% of their time fixing issues with existing software and hardware. That comes out to roughly 2 hours and 48 minutes per employee, per day.

With the money IT specialists make, that’s serious money. And one of the biggest culprits behind the stolen time is lost or forgotten passwords.

Using facial recognition technology to grant access to computer eliminates the pain point generally associated with forgetting a password. And, that frees up the tech department to work on other pressing issues, instead of mundane password resets.

The technology can also be set to grant access to managers, which creates easy access to computers in the event of an employee suddenly leaving a company with no record of their passwords. It also lets employees grant access to other employees to access files stored only on a work computer, should that need arise.

This technology isn’t that far from full workplace implementation. Once you use it in your office, you’ll see a swift savings in time and money.