Unlike traditional access methods, biometric devices identify characteristics unique to individuals, making them a reliable form of verification. Organizations around the globe are combining biometric authentication with physical security entrances to prevent unauthorized users from gaining access into restricted areas. Either through two-factor or multi-factor authentication, biometric devices provide an advanced method for uniquely identifying authorized users.
What is Biometric Access?
Biometric access is a method used to identify someone based on their unique biological characteristics, such as fingerprints, and iris or hand patterns. Using biometrics in conjunction with access control systems is rapidly becoming more popular.
Biometrics systems are used to compare your unique characteristics to a previously stored data version. If both versions of characteristics match, the access control system can confirm authentication, verifying you are you. This form of access control is mostly used to manage access to physical and digital assets and to secure buildings, rooms and computing devices.
Types of Biometric Devices
Conventional access methods have their weaknesses – cards can be stolen, pins or keys can be forgotten. Biometric access systems use your biological traits and cannot be compromised. Biometric devices can come in any of these forms:
- Iris scanners
- Retina scanners
- Fingerprint readers
- Hand geometry readers
- Facial recognition scanners
- Vein recognition scanners
How Do They Work?
The technology behind the biometric device stores data from all authorized users. It writes a signature for each person, containing his or her identity, job role and unique biometrics. Once the user presents his or her credential, the physical security entrance reads the biometric signature, compares it to the stored version, and grants or denies access. Based upon one’s job role, the system can also allow or deny access to certain areas of a building.
Alone, a Biometric System is Not Enough
As with traditional access control systems, biometric authentication alone is not enough. Installed at a swing door, any access system will not prevent multiple users from going through on one credential. A biometric device should be installed in conjunction with a physical security entrance to prevent unauthorized entry effectively.
When integrated inside our most sophisticated entry system - the high security portal – biometric authentication systems ensure not only that one person gets through at a time, but that it is the right person gaining access.
Biometric Authentication Systems in High Security Portals
High security portals combined with biometric systems support the “intent” of multi-factor authentication. An authorized user will present his credential at the outside of the portal. As he steps inside, overhead ceiling sensors confirm he is alone. The doors shut behind him and, essentially, he is trapped inside for a moment, which is critical to assure the user is alone. Then, a second credential is required inside the portal – this is where the biometric device comes into play. The biometric system confirms the identity of the user, and most importantly, ensures that the identity matches the first credential that was presented outside the portal.
Our Circlelock Solo and Circlelock Combi both come with an internal biometric post, which allows mounting of biometric devices.
Biometric Authentication Systems with Optical Turnstiles
Biometric authentication is not only reserved for the highest levels of security. Using biometrics with access control systems are also effective and relevant in medium security authorization areas.
You may accidentally forget your password or card, but you will never forget your fingerprints. Biometrics cannot easily be recreated or compromised, and biometric devices often offer fast operation that does not hinder throughput levels. That makes them ideal identifiers to use in optical turnstiles. Turnstiles can be placed in the reception area, offering you fast, convenient and secure access to the rest of the building.
There are various ways to integrate biometric authentication systems with optical turnstiles. They include custom pedestals, top-mounted and interior-mounted. Click here to read a blog about integration possibilities.
Video: Advanced Security by Pairing Biometrics and Security Entrances
Vice President of Technology and Product Support, Kurt Measom, walks you through just a few options of combining biometric authentication systems and security entrances for optimal security.
Biometric authentication systems can be integrated into the following Boon Edam products:
Which biometric device and which security entrance are the best solution for your specific situation? Integration between biometric devices and security entrances can be a fine art, and finding the perfect balance between functionality, space and design is crucial to an optimal entrance.
You can read more on biometric authentication systems by downloading the brochure in the tab above or contact your local entry expert for advice.