Are you reading this blog on a mobile device? If so, there is a real chance that you unlocked it with … Yes, you’ve guessed it, your finger! Acceptance of biometrics in our everyday lives has taken a major step forward with the emergence of finger scanners in phones and tablets. And this all happened quicker than we thought; after all, would you have used your fingerprint to access your work emails five years ago?
A replacement access card can be issued just like that, but how do you replace a finger?
Biometrics in physical security; benefits
We are also increasingly using biometrics in the field of physical security. We are opening doors using fingerprint recognition and, in addition to using our access card, we are having our irises scanned if the security requirements are stringent. Facial recognition and palm recognition are also on the rise.
It is not so surprising that biometrics is becoming increasingly popular. After all, an access card can be passed on to other people, whilst biometrics cannot. An access card can be lost, yet biometrics cannot. What is more, biometric data does not cost anything, unlike access cards.
Biometrics in physical security; areas of concern
There are, however, also areas of concern and even potential risks involved in the use of biometrics. A user must actually be physically present when the receptionist registers him/her in the system using his/her fingerprint or iris profile, for example. This is less user-friendly. When assigning an access card or PIN, this is not necessary; this can even simply be carried out by means of an advance registration.
What is more, biometrics are often slower in practice. If a large number of people need to gain access within a certain timeframe, the use of biometrics is not recommended. Access cards are a better alternative in this case, in view of the fact that the system recognises and processes these quicker and thus prevents a queue from forming at an entrance.
The security of the stored data is also an important area of concern from a privacy perspective. If an access card is stolen, this can be replaced in a few pushes of a button. But what do you do if a fingerprint is copied?
Biometrics in physical security; how do I use it?
As you are aware, there is a wide range of biometric techniques that inevitably come with advantages and disadvantages. It is therefore extremely important to use biometrics where it offers added value. It is also crucial to choose an access control system within which the biometric data can be stored securely and in an encrypted form. After all, a replacement access card can be issued, but it is not possible to replace a finger.
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