Fingerprint access control

Biometric access control systems and in particular, fingerprint access control, is an increasingly common way of monitoring access into a building or into restricted areas.

fingerprintHow does a fingerprint access control system work?

Once the reader is installed on the appropriate access points, individuals can be enrolled with their access privileges by recording their fingerprints. Usually, readings are taken from two fingers by the administrator of the system, which acts as a backup in case a clear reading cannot be taken. To operate the fingerprint access control panel, the individual wishing to pass through a door or barrier, places their finger on reader and is granted or denied access based upon their unique fingerprint.

Fingerprint access control advantages

Installing a fingerprint access control system on your premise can provide significant benefits;

  • Unrivalled security based on identity.
  • A fingerprint is completely personal and non transferable. This eliminates the practice of swapping access swipe cards or sharing passwords.
  • An individual’s fingerprint cannot be lost or stolen.
  • Because biometric access systems work solely from identity, it is much safer than a system based on something you know or something you own, such as keys, passes or passwords.
  • Fast entry time and ease of use.
  • Fingerprint access control units can be easily integrated with existing alarms and other safety equipment.
  • One fingerprint reader can be used to open multiple doors if required.
  • The software needed to create fingerprint profiles to be used to activate the system can be installed on standard PCs and laptops. This is usually installed by one administrator of the system, such as a receptionist and manager.
  • Once an individual has been enrolled onto the system, there details do not need to be updated or renewed.
  • Guaranteed accuracy of identifying fingerprints.
  • Ensures employee time and attendance cannot be cheated as there is no capacity for writing down false times or clocking in and out for other people.

Fingerprint scanFingerprint access control disadvantages

As with any large purchase, it is important to look at the potential problems associated with the product, to help you decide whether it is right for you. Whilst fingerprint access control systems provide excellent security, there are some considerations to take into account;

  • Cost. Installing and maintaining fingerprint access control can be expensive, although prices are rapidly falling.
  • The fingerprint reader cannot be placed outside external doors where it may be subject to direct rain or other very harsh weather conditions. Outside areas which offer more shelter, however, are fine and weatherproofing of biometric readers is becoming more sophisticated.
  • Some people are not keen to give fingerprint readings for personal security reasons. However, as biometric recognition practices are becoming more common, attitudes are gradually changing.

Applications for fingerprint access control

There are many premises where fingerprint access control can be applied. At present, it is most commonly used in commercial properties or for buildings with restricted information, hazardous substances or where security cannot be compromised, such as schools, government offices and laboratories.

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