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What is Biometric Security?

Posted by Hermione Crone
8th November 2016

Biometric security utilises the unique characteristics of the human body to restrict access into a building. Mostly used on commercial and industrial buildings, it is considered more effective than PIN-codes, key cards and fobs as an entry system.

Types of Biometric Access

Biometric systems manifest with various configurations depending on your requirements and budget. Here are some of the most common ways you can verify access into your building:

There are various ways of using biometric security systems.

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Fingerprint Recognition – Taking advantage of our fingerprints has been a policing technique for many years. Now, biometric security systems use the same approach for controlling access into a building.

The special characteristics of each finger, i.e. the small ridges, arches, loops and valleys that create a unique pattern, are saved onto a database in the form of a binary code. This is impossible to duplicate, providing secure control of building access in an easy, instant manner.

Voice Recognition – The pitch, vibrations and tone of your voice provide each individual with a unique ‘password’ used to gain access by biometric systems. The pattern of our exact voiceprint is extremely difficult to imitate in its entirety.

This method of authentication is unobtrusive and straightforward to use so is preferred by companies and workers alike.

Iris Recognition – Eye scanners are effective because the colour pattern in the iris is unique to each individual. An iris code contains around 5,000 bits of information so is almost impossible to replicate.

Although eye recognition provides a very high-tech access control, these systems can be on the expensive side and incomers can find the process intrusive.

Fingerprint recognition is cheaper and just as effective than iris recognition

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Benefits of Biometric Security

Existing security measures, perhaps with keypad entry or simple credential checks, can fall victim to foul play. For example, staff can swap IDs or simply lose their swipe cards, providing a constant headache at best or detrimental security breach at worst.

Biometric security has revolutionised the way staff enter a building, reducing the chance of these violations occurring.

With biometric control, especially fingerprint recognition, the whole process is extremely quick and easy. Once programmed into the system, you’re assured only permitted staff will have access into the building. For larger companies, this improvement of worker turnover when changing shifts will also help boost productivity.

Iris recognition is the latest smart security technology for commercial buildings.

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You can program the system to only grant access during work hours, meaning staff can’t enter when they’re not supposed to. Likewise, multiple biometric controls placed internally will restrict access to different sections of the building for individual workers.

Furthermore, because the biometric system will automatically record a staff log-in, you’ll be able to check which staff were present, and at what time, should something require further attention.

Biometric security systems have decreased in price and become more accessible over the past few years. However, this means that inept products and poor installations can threaten the security of your property. It’s recommended to use a reputable supplier, such as ievo®, as well as a professional security installation company to guarantee a successful purchase.

If you’d like to have a chat about how biometric security systems could protect your property, contact us today.
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Posted by Hermione Crone
8th November 2016