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.This story is much more about public acceptance of facial recognition than face-rec technology. The technology for this sort of application had been around for years.
Falling prices might have something to do with it as well. Either way, it's good to see facial recognition getting some traction in the private market. A positive return on investment for these deployments depends on public acceptance and increasing security without sacrificing convenience or vice versa.