The ProxNet 647-50 fingerprint reader

October 2012 Products

Unfortunately it is not just criminals on the outside who threaten the security and prosperity of businesses – the deceitful within can also have a devastating effect on profits.

So says Valerie Bingham, product manager for Elvey Security Technologies, which supplies a range of access control products. Among these is the fingerprint reader and specifically the ProxNet 647-50 from GSC Systems, which is being used with considerable success to prevent unauthorised access to premises, to stop buddy clocking and to safeguard valuables.

Since fingerprint identification began its transition to automation in the late 1960s, governments, mines, petrochemical plants (SASOL), refineries, private manufacturing concerns and educational facilities, have increasingly embraced the technology to ensure the protection of their people and assets.

Not only is it used to keep trespassers off the premises, it is also key to controlling the movement of staff members within the buildings, says Bingham. “An access control system allows security managers to restrict or grant admittance to specified areas such as those containing classified information, dangerous equipment or valuables. In the event of a breach or incident, security managers can pull full reports on everyone who has entered or left the protected site and in so doing, take the appropriate corrective action.”

With this in mind, she readily recommends GSC System’s ProxNet 647-50 fingerprint reader. The 647-50, which requires a separate connection for the template management with the link being either the RS-232 or the RS-485, runs on a Windows (2000/XP/Vista/Windows7) operating system, though not necessarily on the computer that runs the ProxNet system.

One of its attributes is that it allows templates created and used on one unit to be transferred in their entirety or selectively uploaded to other units on the network, thereby making it possible to grant restricted access to specified personnel. The number of users that can be stored depends on the number of templates enrolled per user.


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