The pros and cons of introducing Biometric Device Authenticators into your business.

Fingerprint scanAccess control systems are an essential part of business security these days, they protect information, premises and personnel. They also give business owners peace of mind when they know they are protected by access control systems.

Biometric access control is one of the safest forms of access control there is available for businesses because biometric authentication devices use physical characteristics such as fingerprints, handprints, retinal scans and voice recognition to identify users. With biometric identification, a sensor passes the individual’s data to a software which checks whether the input matches; if successful, the individual is identified.

It is unlikely an intruder can beat the system meaning only authorised personnel will be able to gain access.
Biometrics can be used for physical access into business premises and also for internal access to specific areas of the business or to computers and systems. In some cases biometric access works hand in hand with user IDs and passwords.

Types of biometric locks

Businesses use biometric locks to secure areas of their premises which hold sensitive information; simple biometric locks usually do not require codes needed by other keyless locks however there are currently new biometric door locks on the market that have the features of other keyless locks including the need for access codes.

Buying biometric locks for business couldn’t be easier as there are several options on the market; usually selecting the right one for your business will depend on your needs. Biometric locks currently on the market include:

  • Fingerprint door locks
  • BioAxxis Biometric Deadbolt Lock
  • Thumblock Pincode and Biometric Door Lock
  • Remote Control Deadbolt Keyless Lock

Biometric Device Authenticators for access control have been around for a few years now but are not very popular so we have put together a list of advantages and disadvantages of using Biometric Device Authenticators for access control in business.

fingerprintPros and Cons of Biometric Device Authenticators

  • Biometric access control is the most secure form of authentication due to the fact it depends on physical features of the user. It ensures that only authorised personnel gain access.
  • Biometric access control also gives peace of mind as it can almost not be beaten meaning fears of intrusion by business owners are laid to rest.
  • Another advantage of having biometric locks is how convenient they are to use. Most people if given the choice will prefer biometric access to other forms of access control as long as it is not intrusive.
  • There are also privacy concerns when it comes to biometric access control; there are fears of potential misuse of data which makes most people reluctant to adopt biometric security measures.

Ultimately, biometric locks have their advantages and disadvantages depending on your point of view.  Privacy concerns, the fear of data theft and misuse of biometric information are the main arguments against biometric access control while the main positive is the fact that it is impossible to duplicate and totally secure.

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