Biometrics at the forefront at IFSEC/Securex

May 2009 News

Biometrics has become a key technology for security, access and identity control in the 21st century. It is probably the most significant and pervasive technology advance over the past five years in terms of identity management and workforce management.

Leading companies in this field will be utilising the opportunity to demonstrate some of this technology at the upcoming IFSEC South Africa Securex exhibition being held at Sandton Convention Centre from 30 June to 2 July.

“Biometric technology is making a profound impact on the way that security measures, identity management and workforce management are conducted. In South Africa more than 50 000 Sagem fingerprint readers are already deployed in a diversity of commerce, industry and government organisations.

“These readers are securely controlling access for some two million people,” says Gary Jones, managing director of Ideco Biometric Security Solutions. “Secure identity management (IDM) is effective in improving standards, productivity and even the health and safety of employees. All the applications stem from the basic biometric capability to accurately and consistently recognise and confirm the identity of an individual.”

“South Africa leads the world in the deployment of biometric solutions. We are 3-4 years ahead of the US and 4-5 years ahead of Europe. Local companies and the public sector also have an open attitude towards using this proven technology and this is a factor.”

It is a fact that today identity management (IDM) has an impact throughout people’s lives, from birth certificates to ID documents, driver’s licences, passports, pension and health benefit cards and the rest. Employment, health, marital and criminal data are all linked to one’s identity. Now the technology has also become crucial for the security of offices, factories, residential complexes, computers and networks.

A visit to IFSEC South Africa Securex ( will enable to visitors to see this technology 'in action' along with solutions for all security, safety, fire and protection requirements.

For more information contact Breda Kenealy, Specialised Exhibitions, +27 (0)11 835 1565,


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