Despite the numerous benefits that biometric technology brings to the table for the many vertical markets that it serves, there are some reasons to NOT use biometric identification technology. May seem strange for a biometric software developer to be listing reasons to not use their technology, but bear with us as we explain some reasons that biometrics just may not be the technology that can help your business.
Reason #1 – You do not understand how biometric technology works.
We will be the first to tell you that if you have not done your homework and proper due diligence on how biometric technology works and which software and hardware application is best suited for your business then it probably is not a good idea to use it. As with any investment in technology, businesses should spend time researching options, asking questions, reading case studies, engaging with others that currently use the technology, and evaluating long term return on investment (ROI) potential.
After completing adequate research, you may find that biometrics is not best suited for your needs. However most businesses discover that when weighed against the alternatives, biometrics is usually the most efficient and secure identification technology that offers the highest potential for maximum ROI.
Reason #2 – You think that biometric technology is a passing fad that will soon be replaced with yet another more technologically advanced identification.
The simple truth is that biometric identification technology is here to stay and will be around for a long time to come. Whether it’s for time and attendance/workforce management, healthcare, banking, membership management, public safety or point of sale biometrics has continued to spread throughout many vertical markets and is increasingly recognized for the many benefits that it brings to businesses and governments that use it. Furthermore, the global biometric market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 23% through 2013.
Biometrics is the only identification technology that can verify with near absolute certainty the identity of an individual. As word spreads of the tangible benefits that biometrics offers and the truth about how the technology works becomes more understood, expect to see more deployments for businesses that wish to invest in a technology that establishes the efficiencies that they expect.
Reason #3 – You like losing 2 – 4% of your payroll each year to payroll error rates and time theft.
Employee time theft costs U.S. employers hundreds of billions of dollars per year and among the most egregious of time theft practices is buddy punching. Buddy punching is a preventable facet of time theft and biometric technology is the perfect solution, eliminating the ability of employees to clock in and out for a colleague and significantly increasing productivity as a result. Plus, biometrics is more secure and efficient than ID cards or personal identification numbers (PINs), helps to save the environment and ensures compliance with labor tracking laws.
Reason #4 – Security and safety of your employees is of no concern.
One of the major problems that barcode ID cards and PINs present is that they can be swapped, shared or stolen. For example, barcode cards can be stolen and used for unauthorized access to secure areas of a business, jeopardizing the safety of other employees and acting as a catalyst for theft of merchandise, information or other assets. Biometrics relies on human physiological characteristics for identification which can’t be swapped, shared or stolen creating a more safe and secure environment for you and for your employees.
Reason #5 – You don’t really care if anyone is held accountable for anything at anytime.
Of the many benefits that biometric identification technology offers its end users, establishing accountability is perhaps one of the top reasons to use it. If the identification system you are using is archaic, subject to malfeasance and corrupting your staff by tempting them to abuse it for their own gain then why not consider incorporating a system that removes these inadequacies? Biometric technology also ensures that there is a clear audit trail, thereby encouraging responsibility from your employees to act ethically and be accountable for their actions.
Take time to think about some of the problems in your business that biometric technology can solve. Hopefully this post brought a few reasons to mind on how biometrics can help you.
What are some other reasons that biometrics would not be a benefit to your business? Be creative…