The Real Deal Miami

Could virtual doormen replace the real thing?

March 15, 2010 03:25PM

Are virtual doormen the wave of the future? Kent Security Services hopes so, but for those whose livelihoods depend on employment as live doormen, the new technology poses a very tangible threat. Kent’s new biometric door works through scanning technology — it snaps pictures of visitors at the door and compares them to those on file. If no matches are found, a voice asks, “do you live in the building?” and uses voice recognition technology to analyze the response. If still no match is found, central security staffers phone in to check. The door costs $15,000, according to Kent’s Alon Alexander, who said the technology has yet to be seen in action, whereas doormen in New York City make $40,000 per year, according to their union. Still, as one doorman pointed out, “a computer is not going to help tenants carry their bags.” [NY Post]