Biometric solutions have become the focus in many discussions, as businesses seek more sophisticated security solutions beyond the traditional identification badge and access control system. Although they have much to offer, biometric technologies have not yet become fully integrated in physical security environments on a widespread basis.
In general, biometrics have been implemented only in select small-scale projects at airports, or in IT companies where intense security is needed. There are a few reasons that biometric technology has not yet achieved its potential in the physical security arena. As is the case with many other services and systems that any business requires to operate effectively, integrated security management platforms are no less important.
A substitute to an interfaced system is a seamlessly integrated solution in which all the component functions operate together flawlessly, collectively behaving as one system. In a truly integrated environment, biometric data is treated like any other data. In such an environment, biometric readers are components of an access control system and behave like access control readers; there is no database in the biometric readers and no templates are stored there; and the biometric does only what it was designed to do: compare and verify templates.
But the solution can go further. ZKTeco’s biometric readers are installed on an enterprise’s doors, safes, machines and other equipment. Managing the readers, controlling access, setting up alerts and running the reports are done remotely using a standard Internet connection. The software can control one single location or a chain with thousands of locations. Because of the ability of the solution to go just about anywhere, this has made the integration of biometrics into a system much easier.
Along with the ease of remote access management and identity, the real-time reporting is what sets the system apart. Data collected by the biometric readers can be reviewed in real time, allowing enterprise security leaders to know what event happened, where it happened, when it happened and for how long it happened. Security can also have text message alerts sent out instantly whenever suspicious activity occurs.
When it comes to integrated security solutions, one refers to a solution that bundles together different aspects of physical and electronic security to provide a holistic mechanism that contributes to the overall risk management strategy of the organisation. Components of this solution may include (but are not limited to) CCTV surveillance systems, access control systems, alarm systems, fire detection and suppression systems, electric fence, entrance control systems, physical guarding and so on. The extent and the scope to which each entity may require these systems is determined by the risk profile of each.
The key factor, at the end of the day, is how these systems can be integrated to make the use thereof easily manageable, and how responsive the integrated solution is to the daily operational needs of the commercial client.
The most effective way to secure a property is to install a range of products that can be monitored on one platform and via mobile devices, thus allowing business owners, homeowners and security officials within the property to check in periodically, or if an alarm event is activated. With the correct placement and usage of various security products, any commercial or residential location can ensure that the people living within its properties feel safe and secure.
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