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Salto commits to facial recognition as it acquires UK-based TouchByte

Salto Systems has acquired facial recognition solution provider TouchByte, in a move which underlines its commitment to frictionless, biometric-based access control.

Salto-TouchByteAcquisition-23Having acquired another facial recognition provider, Cognitec, in 2022, Salto’s purchase of TouchByte indicates the access control vendor has a strong focus on facial recognition technology, as it believes digital identities and credentials “are becoming the standard”.

Salto now intends to integrate Cognitec’s FaceVACS algorithm through TouchByte’s solutions portfolio and face management platform. The business says this will enable additional use cases across a growing number of industries.

Marc Handels, Chief Technology & Innovation Officer at SALTO Systems, explains: “Our acquisition of TouchByte is a natural step forward in our mission to bring innovative and cutting-edge technology to the access control market. With our future face recognition solution, we aim to provide our customers with a secure and frictionless way of accessing their buildings and facilities.”

Salto’s latest products were on show at IFSEC in London last week (16-18 May), as the company demonstrated solutions such as Homelok aimed at the residential market, as well as several new hardware models including the Salto XS4 One Series and latest XS4 Mini models.

What is TouchByte’s solution?

Based in Cornwall, UK, TouchByte specialises in developing solutions using face recognition.

One of its products is Facentry, which offers keyless face recognition access control. Its portfolio also includes a web-based face management platform, a cloud-based data analytics and security solution, and notification and alerting systems.

TouchByte asserts that its products are “all about data security”, while its biometric algorithm identifies faces to “99% accuracy”.


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