Overview of Biometric Access Control

Biometric access control applications are designed on the premise that every person is unique and can be identified by his or her unique features. Because biometric technology links access to an individual person, security is not easily compromised.

As a form of access control it is more commonly specified for high risk areas, such as laboratories, hospitals and cash areas. However, we are experiencing a growing demand for biometric access control from the construction industry where site security can be problematic due to the large number of contractors. With biometric access control, sites can be sure that no one has passed on their card, tag or pin number.

The types of biometric security systems that we work with include fingerprint readers, retinal eye scanners and hand geometry readers. Like all types of access control systems, they can be used to track people's movements and provide roll call, time and attendance reporting. Because we take a tailored approach to security system design, we can incorporate a combination of biometric and traditional card and proximity readers.

 

Biometric Access and Visitor Management

Using biometric access control readers all employees and visitors can be processed securely and quickly; an excellent way to reduce the time it takes to sign people into your premises whilst improving your overall security through intuitive biometric access systems.

Quickly checking the visitor database makes it very easy to identify whether people are still on your premises at any point in time by showing if they are still signed in. This is particularly useful in the event of an evacuation such as a fire alarm being raised.

Biometric security takes minimal effort to maintain and is widely considered a cost saving and advanced security set up.

Specifications and Compliance

Every biometric access control system is designed to meet the requirements of each individual site. All security systems are compliant to the highest relevant industry standard, including:

  • BS EN 50133-1 covering the installation and maintenance of access control systems;
  • NCP 109 the NSI Code of Practice for Design, Installation and Maintenance of Access Control Systems.