The effective use of biometrics can be a powerful piece of a facility’s access control system. At its core, biometrics use human characteristics to confirm their identity, and can improve security while alleviating issues related to lost or stolen passwords.
At one time, biometrics were security features only seen in James Bond style movies, however, biometrics are becoming much more common, even becoming a standard feature on today’s smartphones. Common biometric methods include:
- Hand features including fingerprint,
- Eye scan
- Hand (fingerprint, palm, and handshape)
- Head (facial recognition)
- Behaviour (voice or signature)
5 Benefits of Biometrics
Over the last decade, there have been incredible advancements in the field of biometrics, which means that these devices have become more reliable and more cost-effective. The high-level identification management that is offered by biometrics offer many advantages over traditional access control devices.
1. Accurate Identification
Traditional security systems typically utilize passwords, smart cards, or key fobs to identify authorized personnel. However, biometrics offer higher accuracy, by eliminating potential issues around stolen credentials. The use of characteristics like fingerprints or eye scans ensure accurate identification through features that cannot be easily duplicated.
2. User Accountability
Because biometrics are much more accurate, whomever is responsible for a facility’s access control can directly connect a person to a particular action or event. This audit trail can prove to be incredibly useful in the event of a security breach.
3. Time Savings
For building owners whose business relies on good time management, the use of biometric technology can be beneficial for decreasing lost productivity due to punctuality issues. The biometric identification process is very quick, allowing a person to be identified or rejected almost instantaneously. This quick movement of staff and goods can be valuable in ensuring work flow efficiency.
4. User Friendly
Once a biometrics system is set up and your staff is trained, it is very reliable and easy to maintain. A system is also a user-friendly solution because there is no need to remember passwords or carry extra access cards.
By far, the largest advantage that a biometrics system can have is increased security for your building. A staff members’ physical characteristics can not be guessed, stolen, or shared, which means a more secure and safe work environment for everyone. Additionally, a biometric system is incredibly versatile, providing you with a flexible and scalable solution that can be used wherever you may need security checkpoints.
Fore over 30 years, Fire Monitoring of Canada (FMC) has been an expert in integrated security solutions. If you would like to learn more about integrated security solutions and the role they can play in your building’s security system, call us at 1 888 789 FIRE (3473), or email firstname.lastname@example.org.