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The Power of Biometric Security For Facility Management

Hundreds - sometimes even thousands - of people can enter a facility on any given day. Between employees, occupants and visitors, facility managers may find it difficult to confirm who is authorized to enter a facility and who is not. With heightened concerns regarding safety and security, facility managers need reliable ways to confirm a person’s true identity. Because of this, many facilities have chosen to implement the cutting-edge technology of biometrics.

Biometrics automatically verify a person based on his or her unique characteristics (such as his or her fingerprints, handprints or facial structure.) Biological traits are difficult to duplicate and nearly impossible to share with outsiders. When paired with a “smart” identification card, biometrics can significantly boost security in your facility. It is for these reasons that biometrics continue to gain acceptance as an accurate way to confirm a person’s identity.

Are biometrics right for your facility? Learn more about how this technology could improve security in your facility.

What are some examples of biometrics?

Today’s biometrics are ever-evolving. Below are a few examples of biometrics your facility can use to boost security.

Fingerprint Scan

Evaluates patterns of ridges and valleys on the surface of a person’s fingertip

Hand Geometry

Evaluates measurements of the hand, including hand shape, palm size and length/width of fingers

Iris Recognition

Evaluates visual information of the iris (the colored, ring-shaped membrane behind the cornea of the eye)

Retinal Scan

Evaluates blood vessel patterns in a person’s retina (thin tissue located in the eye)

Facial Recognition

Evaluates spatial relationships between a person’s eyes, eyebrows, nose, lips, and chin

Voice Verification

Evaluates unique characteristics of a person’s speech

Signature Identification

Evaluates the way a person writes his or her name

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What can biometric systems do?

Biometric systems can be used for a variety of reasons, including:

  1. Authenticating a person’s identity

  2. Controlling access to a facility

  3. Granting access to restricted areas of a facility

  4. Reporting when an employee clocks in and out

  5. Recording employee attendance

  6. Verifying signatures

  7. Replacing traditional access measures (including passwords, key cards and keys)

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Are biometric controls stronger than traditional security measures?

Overall, biometric controls are more reliable than traditional security measures. A person’s characteristics do not change dramatically over time, so biometric scans are an excellent way to replace passwords, keys and access cards. Traditional security measures can easily be shared with non-approved users. When security measures are shared, it is impossible to determine who is the true user of an account. Traditional security measures can also be lost or stolen, which grants unauthorized facility access to anyone who discovers these items.

How do biometrics benefit security in a facility?

Today, biometrics are considered a more secure technology for facilities than magnetic swipe cards or proximity cards, especially for hospitals, labs or buildings that contain critical data. Facilities can combine biometrics with smart cards to increase security and decrease breaches. User verification only takes a few seconds and doesn’t require employees to type in a password. Access is granted (or rejected) almost instantly.

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How else can I enhance safety and security in my facility?

Facility managers understand the value of safety, security, time management and money savings, and  biometrics can serve as a long-term security solution for an organization, since biometric information is very difficult to guess, share, steal or duplicate. Biometrics also can increase revenue by decreasing theft and fraud.

Want to learn more ways to boost security in your facility? AkitaBox has a wide variety of complementary resources to help you get started. Begin by reading our 2019 Facility Safety and Security Plan Guide.

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