Biometric and Access Selection Guides

October 2013 Access Control & Identity Management

A biometric or card reading device on its own is basically a piece of expensive electronics. It’s only when these devices are combined with software and implemented within business processes that they are able to deliver value and a return on investment.

The easiest way to understand how these systems can improve business processes and deliver a measurable return is to look at the time and attendance (T&A) market in South Africa. Over the past few years, many companies have discovered how implementing efficient technology not only streamlines their access and payroll processes, but actually saves money from the first month they are in use. It’s quite common to hear of T&A implementations paying for themselves in less than a year just through the money saved.

Of course, biometrics and access control solutions are used in a variety of different areas of business, from basic access control through to logical access and financial authorisation in the fight against fraud. The common denominator in all of these solutions, however, is the device.

Choosing the correct device, whether a biometric, card, PIN or a combination of these, is crucial to the success of the solution. It doesn’t matter how well designed your software is, or how streamlined your business processes are, if you select the incorrect device, you are unlikely to have a successful solution.

With this in mind, Hi-Tech Security Solutions brings you the annual Biometric Selection Guide and Access Selection Guide. Our goal in this section of the Access and Identity Management Handbook 2014 is to offer a broad selection of the latest devices on the market, giving our readers the opportunity to see what systems are available and what their capabilities are. As you can see, there are a significant number of devices with a variety of capabilities available from reputable companies.

As always, however, space is limited so we’ve only provided a brief overview of the devices available. We have also included contact information for each product to allow you to find devices that may suit your needs and then contact the respective parties for more information.

Click here to see the Biometric Selection Guide

Click here to see the Access Selection Guide

Readers are also able to refer to the Hi-Tech Security Business Directory ( to search for additional information on distributors, installers and integrators of their preferred products. Should you have any suggestions as to how we can improve our selection guides, please let me know on


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