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Xn Leisure

Making science fiction a reality – the rise of facial recognition in health clubs across the UK

Published in Health Club Management 2019 issue 1
Xn Leisure’s access control systems have biometric scanners built in
Xn Leisure’s access control systems have biometric scanners built in

This September,
Xn Leisure orchestrated its first facial recognition system integration at the University of Exeter, with some happy consequences for security and visibility.

The new technology has replaced magnetic strips with faces, using biometric readings to guarantee that people entering the facilities are who they say they are.

With health and safety concerns on the increase, the new software has allowed the university’s sports department to breathe a big sigh of relief. They can now accurately monitor and measure who’s using facilities with absolute efficiency.

Stop fraud
The collective voice of many fitness operators is that membership cards and fobs simply don’t cut the mustard anymore. They’ve gone biometric in a bid to tackle the prolific bypassing of access devices and to modernise their facilities.

Jason Watts, sales director at Xn Leisure, furthers this train of thought: “We regularly hear about issues with access points where customers try to circumvent card entry systems, or where queues form, often in wet areas.There’s also the regular cost of card or fob replacements.

“Facial recognition has helped make all these issues things of the past.”

A much quicker and more accurate way of determining who’s entering a facility, facial recognition works almost instantly upon sensing a person’s presence.

Communication between the hardware – namely the camera and barriers – and Xn Leisure’s system, which gives the green light to access, takes milliseconds.

24-hour gyms
This is particularly beneficial for 24-hour gyms, or centres with remote access points, where card cloning and passing undetected can be rife.

This improved customer visibility brings a host of positive effects, not least that membership data on record directly translates to gym users and their behaviours. This information can be used to improve customer experience and marketing moving forward.

On top of this, there’s the money saved in lost membership and access devices – an issue denting the pockets of gyms and health clubs across the UK. Once visitors into the gym finally begin to pay up for their memberships and gyms don’t have to fork out for lost keys, fobs and wristbands, bottom lines improve.

Jason Watts continues, saying: “Xn’s facial recognition is a robust solution which meets specific entry management needs, by simplifying admittance and data collection, while minimising barriers for customers.”

Details: xnleisure.com

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Jason Watts, sales director at Xn Leisure
"Operators are going biometric to tackle the bypassing of access controls which is making a dent in their pocket from lost memberships. Once it’s in place they can begin to watch their bottom line improve"
Facial recognition stops the sharing of memberships / PHOTO: SHUTTERSTOCK.COM/ Vlasov Yevhenii
Facial recognition stops the sharing of memberships / PHOTO: SHUTTERSTOCK.COM/ Vlasov Yevhenii
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Making science fiction a reality – the rise of facial recognition in health clubs across the UK
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Xn Leisure

Making science fiction a reality – the rise of facial recognition in health clubs across the UK

Published in Health Club Management 2019 issue 1
Xn Leisure’s access control systems have biometric scanners built in
Xn Leisure’s access control systems have biometric scanners built in

This September,
Xn Leisure orchestrated its first facial recognition system integration at the University of Exeter, with some happy consequences for security and visibility.

The new technology has replaced magnetic strips with faces, using biometric readings to guarantee that people entering the facilities are who they say they are.

With health and safety concerns on the increase, the new software has allowed the university’s sports department to breathe a big sigh of relief. They can now accurately monitor and measure who’s using facilities with absolute efficiency.

Stop fraud
The collective voice of many fitness operators is that membership cards and fobs simply don’t cut the mustard anymore. They’ve gone biometric in a bid to tackle the prolific bypassing of access devices and to modernise their facilities.

Jason Watts, sales director at Xn Leisure, furthers this train of thought: “We regularly hear about issues with access points where customers try to circumvent card entry systems, or where queues form, often in wet areas.There’s also the regular cost of card or fob replacements.

“Facial recognition has helped make all these issues things of the past.”

A much quicker and more accurate way of determining who’s entering a facility, facial recognition works almost instantly upon sensing a person’s presence.

Communication between the hardware – namely the camera and barriers – and Xn Leisure’s system, which gives the green light to access, takes milliseconds.

24-hour gyms
This is particularly beneficial for 24-hour gyms, or centres with remote access points, where card cloning and passing undetected can be rife.

This improved customer visibility brings a host of positive effects, not least that membership data on record directly translates to gym users and their behaviours. This information can be used to improve customer experience and marketing moving forward.

On top of this, there’s the money saved in lost membership and access devices – an issue denting the pockets of gyms and health clubs across the UK. Once visitors into the gym finally begin to pay up for their memberships and gyms don’t have to fork out for lost keys, fobs and wristbands, bottom lines improve.

Jason Watts continues, saying: “Xn’s facial recognition is a robust solution which meets specific entry management needs, by simplifying admittance and data collection, while minimising barriers for customers.”

Details: xnleisure.com

fitness-kit.net keyword: xn leisure

Jason Watts, sales director at Xn Leisure
"Operators are going biometric to tackle the bypassing of access controls which is making a dent in their pocket from lost memberships. Once it’s in place they can begin to watch their bottom line improve"
Facial recognition stops the sharing of memberships / PHOTO: SHUTTERSTOCK.COM/ Vlasov Yevhenii
Facial recognition stops the sharing of memberships / PHOTO: SHUTTERSTOCK.COM/ Vlasov Yevhenii
http://www.leisureopportunities.com/images/imagesX/712940_705843.jpg
Making science fiction a reality – the rise of facial recognition in health clubs across the UK
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In the last few years, the rise in popularity of functional training has been significant and operators are providing more space for functional training, both on the gym floor and in group training and studio settings.
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier: Harlands Effect: Make Your Business More Profitable
Harlands Group is a membership management service for health and fitness operators, which interacts directly with members to effectively manage membership payments.
Video Gallery
Harlands Group Overview
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An overview of the Harlands Group, the membership management experts. Read more
More videos:
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Company profile: Crown Sports Lockers
Crown Sports Lockers has designed, crafted and fitted bespoke timber furniture for spas, hotels and ...
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Company profile: MoveGB
Move is the fitness marketplace connecting our partners with customers through the largest variety of ...
Catalogue Gallery
Click on a catalogue to view it online
Directory
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Locking solutions
Ojmar: Locking solutions
Spa software
ResortSuite: Spa software
Direct debit solutions
Debit Finance Collections: Direct debit solutions
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Dyaco International: Fitness equipment
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Kemitron GmbH: Hydrotherapy / spa fragrances
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