Biometric Access Control: Tips for Maximum Security

Friday, December 11, 2015 by under Safety

Biometric access control enables entry at your business based on an individual’s physical attributes, such as facial recognition, fingerprints, hand geometry, iris and retinal scans or voice recognition.

Outlined below are key benefits of biometric access control and how you can properly protect your equipment for maximum security.

Biometric Access Control Benefits

Although biometric readers and more traditional access control equipment, such as keycards, have similar security purposes, physical attribute identification, such as fingerprints or facial recognition, makes false authentication more difficult. Biometrics can also add more convenience, as employees never have to worry about forgetting or losing keycards, keys or PINs.

With biometric readers, customize access to your building, areas within it or even your company’s Intranet by employee. If a breach occurs, you can quickly determine who was present, and take action as needed.

Biometric access control is most commonly used in high-security environments, such as government buildings, Data Centers, File Rooms, and IT Equipment Rooms.

Practice Appropriate Security Measures

Although biometric access control readers can add convenience and security, you must properly secure and install equipment. Keep the following tips in mind:

  • Test your systems before rollout. Ensure biometric readers accurately detect the correct physical attributes for each employee. Before widespread adoption, have employees test that biometric devices are reading features correctly, and granting access as intended.
  • Train employees on usage. Provide employees with guidelines and training resources to ensure they understand how equipment works.
  • Integrate as part of a comprehensive security plan. Biometrics should not serve as a standalone system. Integrate biometric readers with other security mechanisms (i.e. monitored alarms, motion sensors and video surveillance, etc.) for maximum protection. 
  • Plan for a backup, should biometric readers fail, due to a power or Internet outage, or equipment malfunction. Additional security measures, such as passcodes or keycards, can provide employees with secondary access if needed.
  • Work closely with a trusted vendor. Recommended biometric equipment varies depending on your business operations, location, environment and necessary security levels. For questions on how you can ensure maximum security at your business with biometric access control, contact your vendor.

How does your business utilize biometric access control? Share with us in the comments below.

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