Biometrics reinforces identity ­authentication

October 2013 Access Control & Identity Management, Products

For companies, knowing who a person is, where they are on the premises and why they are there – and validating this information – is the main driver behind security and biometric access control technology integration in the workplace.

To this end, technology which captures and processes biometric data using fingerprints or facial recognition, for example, remains a dominant technology. However, that does not mean other solutions are just legacy systems, say experts, there are many examples of installations of hybrid technology that meet a current and growing need in the market.

Biometric technology has traditionally found mainstream application within manufacturing and retail sectors. However, because of the inherent practical benefits of using this technology, there is now more widespread application across various industries and sectors says Teryl Schroenn, CEO, Accsys.

“In high security areas which keep valuables or house confidential information, biometric technology has become very popular because it is able to record and process information with high levels of accuracy, instantaneously. It is also straightforward technology that is easy to use and regulate,” explains Schroenn.

Although the technology is holistic, competitive and has a broad-based value, there is still an element of risk and management process required to ensure accuracy and stability. It is also important to remember that the value and cost benefit to company will depend on the number of readers, the level at which the company requires security and surveillance, and the length of time the infrastructure has been in place.

According to Accsys after a period of between three and twelve months, the business should start to experience cost savings.

“Integration and centralisation through the application of multi-biometric and hybrid biometric solutions characterises this market. It reflects the desire of companies to protect their resources, comply with corporate governance legislation and generate profit at the same time. Access control as part of broader people management and security solutions development is significant,” adds Schroenn.

She believes that as the importance of data increases, and the need to secure assets grows against ongoing threats, biometric technology will become even more relevant.


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