Biometric Data Is The Key To Providing The Highest Level Of Security

March 14th, 2019

If you work in an industry with a lot of high-value assets, you need the best, most technologically-advanced security solutions. A newly emerging technology is biometric data. Biometric data used at the entry point is the most effective and secure means of access control. Biometric data access control systems are ideal for military and government facilities, research labs, data centers, and anywhere where sensitive data, materials, and information are kept. 

What Is Biometric Data?

Biometric data is a series of unique characteristics about a person. To be effective in security, biometric data must be unique to the individual, permanent, and measurable. Some examples of biometric data include:

  • Facial Recognition: Facial recognition technology uses a camera to collect footage of a person’s face. That footage is then run through a software program that measures and analyzes the unique contours of a person’s face. 
  • Iris Recognition: Iris recognition measures the unique patterns in a person’s iris. Usually, the eye is scanned by a camera, then the image is processed and segmented by a software to match the unique qualities of the iris with an authorized image of the iris.
  • Fingerprint Scanner: Fingerprint scanners use a simple laser to capture the unique ridges and valleys in a finger. This technology has been around a long time and is even used on smartphones now.
  • Vocal Recognition: Vocal recognition uses a recording decide to capture your voice. The sound waves in your voice are then measured against an existing recording t verify your identity.
  • Hand Geometry: Hand geometry works similarly to the fingerprint scanner. You place your hand against a scanning device. Then the scanner measures the length, thickness, width, and surface contours of your hand.
  • Behavior Characteristics: Behavior characteristics are much more complicated than other biometric technology. Behavior characteristic biometrics measure everything from handwriting to the way you walk to how you type on your computer. These are collected and analyzed to create a larger picture of your unique behaviors. 

The collection of biometric data is completely safe and can help a business ensure only authorized users have access to sensitive areas.

How Biometric Data Supports Access Control

Biometric data is wholly unique to an individual. It supports access control in a number of ways. First, it ensures that only truly authorized individuals can access sensitive areas because unlike card readers, pin numbers, and standard forms of identification, they can’t be easily falsified. Secondly, they can be easily integrated into existing access control systems to upgrade the level of security. They work in tandem with video surveillance, security barriers, and help provide security staff with valuable information. Finally, access control systems that use biometric data are easy for both authorized personnel and security staff to use. Authorized personnel simply follow protocol and as everything is automated, security personnel simply monitor for anything out of the ordinary. 

When you need to provide a high level of security for your facility, you cannot beat the technology of biometric data. Biometric data is wholly unique and so can be truly used to control who comes in and out of your facility.