Biometric fingerprint verification

November 2001 Access Control & Identity Management

Biometric verification methods can effectively eliminate concerns about stolen, loaned or compromised access cards. This is according to Nigel Versfeld, Manager, Access Control Division of TeqTrader.

According to Versveld, interest in biometrics is growing and this is a trend that is likely to continue with the ever increasing need for heightened security and the elimination of costly fraud. Fingerprint verification is ideal for access control and time and attendance applications in high security or high-risk areas such as computer rooms and in banking sector applications where biometrics often supplements normal card-based access control.

Says Versfeld, "the big advantage with fingerprint identification is that it physically ensures that the person going through the door is the registered individual, thereby removing the problem of unauthorised access - in other words you have to bring your hand with you or you do not get in."

Position Technology's Bioprox Proximity Reader, available from TeqTrader, prevents employee ghosting scams and unauthorised access via lost or stolen access cards or from card swapping by requiring that the fingerprint of the person seeking entry matches the identity of the card holder as stored in the Bioprox Unit.

Bioprox proximity reader
Bioprox proximity reader

Versveld also makes reference to the Bioprox range of biometric solutions that are available from TeqTrader. "Bioprox is a self-contained fingerprint verification system with an embedded proximity card reader in a nonintrusive and elegant package and is useful for factories, manufacturing plants, construction sites and similar environments that have previously been unable to implement a successful biometric solution."

"It is ideal for retrofitting existing systems, or simply for adding a reliable biometric security technology to a location that requires additional security," he concludes.

For more information contact Nigel Versfeld, TeqTrader on tel: (021) 510 0024.

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