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Face-recognition system unlocks doors at Manhattan complex

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To enter Building B at Knickerbocker Village, you don't need your key card. Your face will do just fine courtesy of a new biometric security system called FST21.

Here's how it works. A camera takes 5 pictures of each resident's face. One is selected then it and other info about the resident are stored in the system database. Once a tenant tries to get through their building's security door, a high-tech scanner reads their face. If the system recognizes the face, the door is unlocked in a matter of seconds.

The FST21 system is the brainchild of Israeli general Aharon Farkash, who says it strikes the right balance between safety and simplicity.

"We believe this is a solution for commercial buildings, for residential buildings, for airports and every place that you need convenience and you need security is the right place to be installed," he says.

The system is secure because the database is self-contained to the entity using it, he says.

Still, some security experts, including Jonathan Gilliam, worry about cyber threats.

"You're looking in one direction and someone else will come up with a better way to go around your security," Gilliam says. And that's really the downfall of any of these biometric systems is that they're linked in with a computer."

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