"That sounds very James Bond."
A reaction we often receive when telling people about Human Recognition Systems and the innovative technology we deliver for the first time. With all the excitement around Spectre hitting the cinemas this week, that got us thinking about just how close to Q's workshop we really are.
James Bond films are known for their heavy use of improbably high tech and highly dangerous gadgets. But in recent years, Daniel Craig's Bond has steered away from the more outlandish inventions of the earlier films. Bad for fans of explosive shark pellets and fake nipples. But in Skyfall, the last film released in 2012, Bond had a not-so-outlandish gadget linked with the pioneering products HRS produce today.
The biometric gun used in Skyfall, a modified version of his famous Walther PPK, came fitted with a pistol grip that could read Bond's palm print. If he wasn't holding it, it didn't fire. An obvious advantage in a mid-movie fight scene, but articles at the time praised the potential benefits of this technology if used in the real world.
Bond's gun was a thrilling example of just how effective biometric access control can be. When it comes to managing identity, nothing is as bulletproof as biometrics in ensuring the right person is in the right place.
Our access control system, the one that has managed the entry to 100s of construction sites across the country since its introduction, is called MSite. The biometric access control pod not only acts as an effective barrier and produces highly accurate attendance data, but also makes construction sites a much safer place to work. An essential thing to have in a dangerous modern working environment like a construction site, that can often seem a more dangerous place to work than MI6.
Are some people right to compare our gadgets to that of 007? You decide.