Many business owners are adopting biometric identification management systems to save money, time, and resources and increase security.
The following is a guest post by Ramya Raju, a freelance writer and designer from India.
Biometrics have offered a scalable solution to business owners who are now empowered to circumvent issues like undocumented access, ID swapping, manual badge checks, credential replacements and more.
There have been many developments in the field of biometrics, which means things are more reliable and costs are down. Biometrics offer high level identification management security operations that have several advantages over traditional means and now they are available to you at lower costs.
While traditional security systems are reliant on passwords, personal identification numbers (PINs) or smart cards, you can achieve a high level of accuracy with biometrics systems. If you have set up the system correctly, you can use biological characteristics like fingerprints and iris scans, which offer you unique and accurate identification methods. These features cannot be easily duplicated, which means only the authorized person gets access and you get high level of security.
Biometric log-ins mean a person can be directly connected to a particular action or an event. In other words, biometrics creates a clear, definable audit trail of transactions or activities. This is especially handy in case of security breaches because you know exactly who is responsible for it. As a result you get true and complete accountability, which cannot be duplicated.
Easy and Safe for Use
The good thing about using biometrics for identificaiton is that modern systems are built and designed to be easy and safe to use. Biometrics technology gives you accurate results with minimal invasiveness as a simple scan or a photograph is usually all that’s required. Moreover the software and hardware can be easily used and you can have them installed without the need for excessive training.
Biometric identification is extremely quick, which is another advantage it has over other traditional security methods. A person can be identified or rejected in a matter of seconds. For those business owners that understand the value of time management the use of this technology can only be beneficial to your office revenue by increasing productivity and reducing costs by eliminating fraud and waste.
User Friendly Systems
You can have biometrics systems installed rather easily and after that, they do their job quickly, reliably and uniformly. You will need only a minimum amount of training to get the system operational and there is no need for expensive password administrators. If you use high quality systems, it will also mean your maintenance costs are reduced to minimize the expenses of maintaining an ongoing system.
Another advantage these systems have is that they can’t be guessed or stolen; hence they will be a long term security solution for your company. The problem with efficient password systems is that there is often a sequence of numbers, letters, and symbols, which makes them difficult to remember on a regular basis. The problem with tokens is that they can be easily stolen or lost – both these traditional methods involve the risk of things being shared. As a result you can’t ever be really sure as to who the real user is. However that won’t be the case with biometric characteristics, and you won’t have to deal with the problem of sharing, duplication, or fraud.
It’s considered to be a convenient security solution because you don’t have to remember passwords, or carry extra badges, documents, or ID cards. You are definitely saved the hassle of having to remember passwords frequently or changing cards and badges. People forget passwords and ID cards are lost, which can be a huge nuisance with traditional security methods.
There are different types of biometrics scanners available today and they can be used for various applications. They can be used by companies at security checkpoints including entrances, exits, doorways, and more.
Moreover you can make the most out of the biometric solutions to decide who can access certain systems and networks. Companies can also use them to monitor employee time and attendance, which raises accountability.
Biometrics systems can be quite flexible and easily scalable. You can use higher versions of sensors and security systems based on your requirements. At the lowest level you can use characteristics that are not very discriminative; however if you are looking for a higher level of security for large scale databases then you can use systems with more discriminable features, or multi-modal applications to increase identification accuracy.
Return on Investment
It’s definitely high because you can avoid fraud including “buddy punching,” besides lowering payroll costs, accurate calculation of work hours, and reduced management time. While the security is improved you can also easily apply consistent policies and procedures at the same time. And all you have to think about is the initial cost of the biometric system.
You can benefit from biometrics systems to a great extent and do away with the need to remember passwords and combinations. Rather than remembering the password for a computer system or a combination to a safe, you can offer unique biometrics information and get access. The job will be done quickly, accurately, with a fast implementation schedule and minimal training.
I’m Ramya, a freelance web designer/writer based in India. I have 8 years of experience in content writing and have worked for top blogs and websites. I’m generally an extrovert; I like photography, anthropology and traveling to different countries to learn the culture and living of the local inhabitants to do travelogues.
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