Hello.
We are Human Recognition Systems.

(but most of our friends call us HRS)

Who we are

Human Recognition Systems, or HRS to our friends, is one of the earliest pioneers of applying biometric technology to the challenges of identity. Over the course of our evolution, our technology has helped to deliver some of the most challenging “identity” problems, from ensuring the right patients receive the right medicines to helping rebel soldiers re-integrate with society.

What we do

Today, we develop a series of industrial software and hardware systems, enabled through biometric technology, that help Construction companies, Airports, Oil & Gas facilities and other “Critical Safe Secure” environments operate effectively. In other words, we help build buildings, send people on holiday and put fuel in your car, all the while keeping everyone safe and secure.

Oh, and we helped build the Olympics 2012... have we mentioned that?

The people behind the magic

Just some of the movers and shakers who set our direction of travel.

Geoffrey Maddrell Chairman

After service in the Parachute Regiment, a law degree and MBA at Cambridge and Columbia Universities respectively, Geoffrey spent his early career based in Switzerland and Brussels with Shell and subsequently Bowater as their Chief Executive for Europe. Geoffrey then became Chief Executive of the Tootal Group at a time of significant change, as the Group was converted from a labour intensive business with 12,000 employees into an internationally competitive multinational group with leadership in the UK, US and growing Asian markets.

Geoffrey has since been the Chairman of numerous businesses undergoing strategic change. This has included Westbury, which was grown from a regional to a national house builder; Glenmorangie, where an internationally powerful brand was created; LDV who were saved from the bankruptcy of Leyland DAF prior to being sold; and the UNITE Group, which is now the UK leader in student accommodation.

Geoffrey has had two periods as a Civil Service Commissioner and set up a number of charities, including Research Autism, which he also chairs.

Neil Norman CEO

In 2001 Neil founded Human Recognition Systems with a clear vision to establish a company that continually innovates, is a vibrant place to work and is the clear market leader in the provision of enterprise-class Identity Assured Management (I AM) products. In February 2014, Neil was re-appointed as CEO.

Prior to establishing Human Recognition Systems, Neil spent 7 years at global management consultancy Accenture taking on several senior roles in a number of key sectors, with special focus on technology strategy.

A mathematician at heart and well-respected thought-leader in the advanced identification space, Neil is an original Committee member of the Intellect Association for Biometrics and a 2-time winner of the IOD Young NW Director of the Year Award.

Simon Meyer Managing Director (Construction)

Simon is responsible for the overall day-to-day operations of Human Recognition Systems including new product development, quality control and on-going customer maintenance and support. Ensuring high quality processes exist across the organisation is key to Simon's role.

During his time at HRS, Simon has also managed and delivered a variety of high profile identity projects and helped build the organisation to successfully deliver biometric projects of increasing complexity. Making this possible from an operational point of view has been fundamental to the success of HRS in the marketplace.

Simon joined Human Recognition Systems in 2004 from Accenture, the global IT and management consulting company. During this time, Simon developed extensive project management, business process engineering and delivery experience over a number of large and challenging IT transformation projects for various UK and European companies including Tesco, BP and BHS.

Jim Slevin Managing Director (Airports)

Jim Slevin brings extensive experience to the board having spent more than twenty years working within the aviation sector in a range of technical and management roles, including as Group Security Risk and Identity Manager at the largest UK airports operator group, BAA. He became Aviation Managing Director at HRS in 2013 after five years as the company’s Transport Business Development Manager and Aviation Business Unit Manager.

Since joining HRS Jim has focused on delivery of Aviation related products to clients at a number of UK Airports including Gatwick, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh, London City, Bristol, Belfast International and Liverpool John Lennon.

How we think and do

At the heart of Human Recognition Systems are the people and the company values that were created internally. These values drive the everyday behaviour and create an environment whereby people are challenged to push the limits of what is considered possible.

Imagination and Innovation

Innovation is actively encouraged within Human Recognition Systems, approaching any situation or problem with an open and imaginative mind ensures clients that they receive a solution that best fits their requirements.

Pride and Passion

Everything is approached with energy, enthusiasm and drive. Human Recognition Systems takes pride in fulfilling potential and maximising the growth of the business.

Trusting, Valuing and Loving

Human Recognition Systems are a trusted provider who deliver intelligent and bespoke solutions that are valued by their clients. Working together to support one another to ensure they are the best they can be.

A History of Firsts

"The best way to predict the future is to create it."

2014

First company in the world to revolutionise the airport ID Pass application process with an online system

For the first time, pass holders at Gatwick Airport are able to dispense with their old, repetitive, paper-based pass applications and use MTrust to manage employee information and submit electronic pass applications.

2011

World first deployment of face recognition to measure the passenger journey in an airport

In June 2011, Gatwick Airport went live with MFlow to measure the passenger journey throught the terminal using facial recognition.

2011

First deployment of iris-at-distance technology to enrol and identify passengers in a UK airport

In June 2011, Gatwick Airport went live with MFlow to enrol and identify passengers using iris-at-distance technology to automate common departure lounge access and domestic boarding. The technology had previously not been used in the public domain in the UK or integrated with automatic gates anywhere in the world.

Case study: MFlow at Gatwick Airport

2010

First to integrate CSCS smart cards for site access

These days, everyone on construction sites needs a CSCS card. Se we thought we'd make the world a little bit simpler by allowing that card to be used to get through site access points, using MSite.

2008

First to integrate iris recognition with Desfire smartcards

Enabling super secure multi-modal template-on-card access control for the London 2012 Olympic Park.

2007

First to deploy biometrics for dispensing medication to the UK's prison population

Working with the Department of Health, we deployed iris and fingerprint recognition at healthcare facilities within 65 UK prisons.

2003

First to deploy biometrics at a UK airport

We deployed biometric access systems for 19,000 airport workers in all three of Manchester Airport's terminals.

2002

First UK company to import and deploy hand geometry recognition technology

Long before today's export channels were established, we were importing this new and exciting technology directly from around the world to bring the benefits to our UK customers.

2001

UK's first multi-biometric technology company

In 2001, Neil Norman gave up his senior role at Accenture to follow his dreams and start a biometric technology business.

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