Biometrics are any kind of security identification solution that is able to authenticate and offer access to a facility or system based on an individual’s physical features. This typically includes fingerprints, facial images, retinal scans and even voice recognition. Scans taken of these characteristics are used to determine whether or not a person is authorized to access the facility or system in place, creating a secure method of authentication This is often considered one of the strongest and most foolproof physical security measures that can be taken for identity verification.
Uses for Biometrics
Biometrics are often used within our personal electronics such as phones. More and more phones and tablets are being created with fingerprint reading technology, facial recognition or voice activated technology. Beyond that though, many workplaces and offices are beginning to use biometrics to create comprehensive records of an employee’s access to certain areas that house sensitive information, such as a server room or secured storage facility or a SCIF (Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility).
Benefits of Biometric Systems
Biometrics are incredibly hard to replicate or be compromised, unlike traditional methods of security. Unlike passwords or access cards, biometric information cannot be easily shared, replicated, or stolen. This creates a much more user-friendly scenario in which the user doesn’t have to carry the same weight of responsibility as other more typical forms of authentication systems do (e.g. rotating passwords and key combinations). As we move towards more biometric systems, IT professionals are required to spend less time recovering passwords or dealing with concerns over password management.
Different Kinds of Biometrics
There are a few different ways to authenticate someone’s identity through physical characteristics. Let’s take a look at the most common kinds.
- Fingerprint or palm readers: a common and practical approach to individual identification.
- Visual recognition: this form of authentication is used to scan for facial features or even the iris of the eye specifically in order to verify identity.
- Auditory recognition: these systems utilize voice recognition software to determine if the user is meant to have access to a system or facility.
- Chemical recognition: Highly advanced – can be used to test DNA to ensure the identity of a user.
Get in Touch with FiberPlus
FiberPlus has been providing data communication solutions for over 25 years in the Mid Atlantic Region for a number of different markets. What began as a cable installation company for Local Area Networks has grown into a leading provider of innovative technology solutions improving the way our customers communicate and keeping them secure. Our solutions now include:
- Structured Cabling (inside and outside plant)
- Electronic Security Systems (Access Control, Biometrics & CCTV Solutions)
- Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS)
- Public Safety DAS
- Audio/Video Services (Intercoms, Sound Masking and Video Display Monitors)
- Support Services
- Specialty Systems
- Design/Build Services
FiberPlus promises the communities in which we serve that we will continue to expand and evolve as new technology is introduced within the telecommunications industry.
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