Is biometric security an interesting factor for access control?

Biometrics has matured these few years and numerous devices based on identifying digitally prints, face recognition or even scanning the retinas of eyes work perfectly when are combined with physical access control systems.

This identification technology can also protect locations that require high levels of security such as banks and companies but also environments that require levels of security not so much elevated such as offices.

Biometric security opens a wide field of possibilities in order to ameliorate and improve the protection of individuals, locations and goods while offering, at the same time, more convenient means of identification.

What is biometric security?

Biometric security is a technology that allows for automatic identification of a person’s identity, thanks to the analysis of the physical or behavioral characteristics. The biometric technology that is actually used more in the field of access control is the identification of digital prints. The reason behind this is mostly its attractive pricing.

Among the 2D fingerprints sensors, also multispectral sensors are often recommended compared to optical sensors. They are slightly more expensive but offer better precision results and more reliable performances.

Other identifying means that are regularly used are the veins of fingers, the veins of palms, faces and iris. For environments that require high levels of security, the identification of iris offers a more elevated precision, after the identification of veins and palms. Certain systems of biometric security verify the identities of users with the help of one or multiple detection technologies while others do not verify absolutely the identity due to budgetary reasons.

What are the advantages of biometric security systems?

Reinforced security

The devices of biometric security contribute to the augmentation of your protection. And actually it is much more difficult to falsify or steal a digital print than an access badge.

If you are searching to reinforce your security, biometric security can equally be used for multifactorial verification. For example, after someone presenting his/hers badge, a person can be asked to present his/her digital print to verify that he/she is indeed the person claiming to be. This method is more certain and secure than the use of a PIN code since this code can be easily shared or forcibly given to someone else.

Simplified use

Systems of biometric security can equally offer more in terms of comfort to users. If it is easy to forget a badge or a key somewhere, it is impossible to forget your eye or your finger! And if the means of identification chosen by your organization allows for an identification remotely or without the use of hands, the level of comfort rises once more. You can be authorized to enter in your building via the simple scan of your face every time you approach the door. This way, you don’t even have to stop and pause and the management of access is done through transparent means.

Of course, solutions of biometric security offer and present themselves with many inconveniences but the advantages by far exceed the disadvantages.