Sing Tao News Corporation Limited is a media corporation with a vision to become a leading cross-media content and service provider serving global Chinese communities. The Company is listed on the Main Board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (stock code: 1105). Its principal activities comprise Media and Media-related operations, including traditional media spanning Newspapers, Magazines, Recruitment Media and Books, as well as online and mobile multi-media platforms which the Group has been developing in order to open up new reader segments and revenue sources. In building our cross-media business we keep a pulse closely on the latest development trends to meet the extensive needs of the market. Based in Hong Kong, the Group’s business network covers major cities in the PRC, the US, Canada and Europe, with around 1,300 staff worldwide. Within the print media operations, the flagship publication is the renowned Sing Tao Daily. Acclaimed as one of the world's most widely-read Chinese-language daily newspapers, Sing Tao Daily publishes a number of overseas editions sold in over 100 cities worldwide, in addition to Hong Kong. The Group has also established itself a leadership position in Hong Kong's free newspaper market, given the success of Headline Daily and The Standard, respectively the No. 1 Chinese-language and English-language free paper. In the Magazine market, the weekly title East Week provides comprehensive content on local and global current affairs, entertainment, lifestyle and cultural trends. The Group also offers a multi-media platform for recruitment and continuing education advertising under its Job Market brand. ZKTeco is honored to provide an access control system for their headquarters with over 900 staffs in Tseung Kwan O Industry Estate in Hong Kong.
End-User: Sing Tao News Corporation Limited
A. Precise and Efficient Identity Verification
As a renowned media group, Sing Tao has materials highly valuable and confidential that require extra-strict protection, thus they expected to have reliable security and access control that can accurately identify staffs, to prevent loss caused by any illegal and improper access to their major workplace. Sing Tao also required an efficient access control system for quick and convenient identity authentication, as they have over 900 staffs daily accessing the headquarters building. Thus, a truly reliable verification method identity that does not sacrifice quickness thus has become a critical point. Thus it requires a biometric verification method with unique authentication of staffs identity.
ZKTeco deployed Mars-B1000 and Mars-B1200 swing barriers to form a 4-channel entrance & exit. 4 units of SpeedFace-V5L RFID [TI] Hybrid Biometrics Access Control Terminals are installed on the entrance sides of the swing barriers. All staffs’ identities and work-related information are registered with their face images recorded for access. They are required to scan their faces by the SpeedFace-V5L-RFID[TI] QR for verification in order to have access to the headquarters. The facial recognition is done accurately and quickly within 1 second for smooth access control. Also, it is equipped with an ultimate antispoofing algorithm for facial recognition against almost all types of fake photos and videos attacks to ensure preciseness of identity authentication. 5 units of ProID 10BE RFID card readers are installed on the exit sides of the barriers. Staffs cards are still remained for the staffs but are only for exit. SpeedFace-V5L-RFID[TI] QR is a hybrid biometrics device including facial recognition, fingerprint verification and palm verification. Users may choose biometric verification methods to apply according to their own needs.
The system enables the delivery of invitations to the visitors with QR codes for access. Upon arrival, visitors may scan the QR codes by the SpeedFace-V5L-RFID[TI] QR for verification of identity. If QR code invitation is not delivered previously, RFID access cards can be instantly issued upon their arrival and simple registration. As the SpeedFace-V5L-RFID[TI] QR Terminal also enables QR Code reading, scramble QR code reading and RFID card reading, the terminal scans every identity proof and no more additional devices are required.
B. Effective Pandemic Prevention Measures
Since the pandemic, people have been advised to avoid social gatherings as much as possible, as the virus is extremely easily transmitted through droplet transmission and air transmission in close contact environments. In order to prevent outbreaks caused by crowd gathering for inoculation, an effective measure of pandemic control is critical. As the most common symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, malaise, dry cough, and shortness of breath, identifying people with high temperatures has become one of the most common methods to decrease the risk of virus spread. Generally, independent temperature detection devices are applied in access points including handheld infrared ear or forehead thermometers, however, it not only takes more manual work for staffs but also does not prevent manual mistakes of detection. Apart from concentrating on temperature, wearing mask is regarded as one of the significantly useful measures to reduce transmission, thus it is critical to ensure that people entering the crowd put on their masks.
Facial Recognition does not require any physical touching of the device, the entire process is performed in a touchless and automatic way. Furthermore, The SpeedFace-V5L-RFID[TI] QR is developed with an advanced facial recognition algorithm that is able to identify human face precisely, SpeedFace-V5L-RFID[TI] QR is equipped with a Thermal Imaging sensor for high-accuracy body temperature detection use, the body temperature measurement accuracy is ±0.3°C (±0.54°F) in the range of measurement distance wide up to 120cm. Temperature is detected automatically during facial recognition. The system is able to automatically display all real-time detected temperatures to promptly identify all potential threats. With ZKTeco's computer vision technology, the terminals are also able to detect if people properly wear masks. All people are eligible for access only with mask on to minimize respiratory droplet transmission of the virus.Before the deployment of the solution, the headquarters were using flap barriers for entrance & exit, which were reportedly found not flexible. Our client requested a more flexible barrier system. Also, to take into account the needs of the mobility impaired staffs and visitors, our client also demanded a barrier system with accessibility for them.
ZKTeco's Mars-B1200 swing barriers offer quick and ZKTeco customized the barrier system to extend one of the channels from the regular 500mm wide to 800mm wide for more convenient access for mobility-impaired people. The width between barriers is customizable and can be extended up to 900mm. There are 6 pairs of infrared sensors installed at each Mars series barrier for precise object detection, in order to prevent accidents and injury. The Mars Series swing barriers have reserved holes for AC Standalone terminal quick installation, improving installation efficiency and saving installation cost as customization is no longer needed. The case of the barrier system is also built with high-quality SUS304 stainless steel to ensure robustness.
D. Integration with 3rd Party System
Access control is closely related to the human resources management of an organization. As our client already has a well-functioning human resources management system, rebuilding a new system would inevitably increase the cost and workload of the department. Thus, the optimal solution should be able to integrate with their existing system.
All devices including SpeedFace-V5L-RFID[TI] QR, ProID BE10, Mars swing barriers are connected to the InBio Pro 260 Series access controllers and are centrally connected to and managed by the ZKBioSecurity access control management platform, which is a web-based software, it is able to be integrated with another 3rd party system through API format. Thus, the client's existing system has remained in the solution. No extra cost is caused.
|Security Management Platform||ZKBioSecurity||1|
|Hybrid Biometrics Standalone Terminal||SpeedFace-V5L-RFID[TI] QR||4|
|RFID Card Reader||ProID10BE||5|
|Access Control Swing Barrier||Mars-B1000||1|
|Access Control Swing Barrier||Mars-B1200||3|
|Extra-wide Access Control Swing Barrier||/||1|
|Access Controller||InBio Pro 260||4|