The MacRail team recently posed a question to our network: Is pen and paper an outdated method for capturing site access? An overwhelming 73% responded with a YES, reflecting a broader trend that is reshaping how businesses are approaching site access and security.

With pen and paper systems being prone to human error and fraught with limitations, it’s no surprise that so many of our community champion digital solutions. Offering error-free data capture, these technologies represent a more reliable and future-proof method of rapid and secure site access.

When comparing our own data from the first seven weeks of this year to the same period in 2023, the results are striking. App sign-ins have increased by 23.76%, while biometric sign-ins including facial recognition, have skyrocketed by an astonishing 864.33%, signalling a clear transformative shift.

In fact, recent reports have stated that the facial recognition market is expected to grow from $4.0 billion in 2020 to $8.5 billion by 2025 across sectors, propelled by the technology’s ability to offer contactless identity verification in a post-pandemic world.

For MacRail, facial recognition technology certainly emerges as a game-changer in site access. Its adoption has certainly surged, particularly in rail and construction sectors, which we can only attribute to the numerous benefits it offers our clients. If you would like to discuss the use of facial recognition technology within your organisation, we’re here to help. Call our office on 01934 319331 or email us via

Learn more about our solutions, systems and how we can integrate into your current project here.

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