Has the time finally come where carrying around a card or remembering the 6 digit pin to enter a door finally over?
With the introduction of biometrics in the access control department, it will be quite hard forgetting to bring your fingerprint with you in the morning. If in the case scenario you were to lose one during the day, you still would not have a problem, since you have some spare ones lingering around.
All jokes aside, is Biometric Access Control the new avenue security is heading in?
Currently, biometric access control systems typically use fingerprint, handprint or iris scanning to allow a person to gain access to a building or a restricted area.
Biometrics offer building owners a scalable solution that reduces many of the inconveniences of tradition access control, such as undocumented access, ID swapping, credential replacement, and manual badge check.
As explained by Emily Flink, an associate product marketing manager and biometric for Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies, “With traditional card access, once a badge is lost, it is still active in the access control system from the moment the badge is misplaced to the time it is subsequently reported. By adding a biometric to the access control system, a badge alone cannot be used to gain access.”
Generally, prices range from $5,000 to $10,000 per door for a complete system that includes biometric scanner, a specialized locking system, software integration and installation.
So is the investment worth the extra layer of security?
Firstly, biometric information isn’t shared between different manufacturers, therefore your information won’t be stored in a single database, and is rarely compatible between readers at multiple locations.
Access control systems are made to control where people, not credentials, can and cannot go. For this reason, only biometric devices can truly provide this capability.
Additionally, biometric authentication can eliminate the inefficiencies of managing enterprise access, databases, credentials, and more. Phasing them out is justifiable for the cost spent integrating a biometric access control system.
Furthermore, as your business develops and grow, it’s important to have a system in place that can scale with your growth as well. Whether you want to secure more areas of you facility or add more data for additional employees, biometric security system can adapt with ease and security.
Not to forget, according to IBM’s 2017 Ponemon Cost of Data Breach Study, the global average cost of a data breach is almost $4 million. For this reason, having the proper security system is worth every penny.
Doesn’t to much security attract a lot of attention?
Biometrics has always been seen something used by the government and law enforcement community, that require high end security for the safety information. For this reason, a biometric security system might create the perception that valuables lie within, which can ultimately be a disadvantage. Therefore, it is best practice to make sure that integration is suitable for the building environment.
Biometric access control seems to be the path of future, especially with the greater importance of security and personal data. If you are interested in integrating it for your building, contact iMotion Security, a premier leader in innovative solutions in the security field, as they will be able to assist you with any pricing and installation questions.
Still not convinced?
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