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How Biometric Access Control Systems Can Enhance Your Employee Security Profile

The loss of productivity due to employee misconduct, theft and other problems associated with a failure in controlling access at the workplace has a negative impact upon your bottom line. All of these problems are money and time resource wasters, and that's why companies seek to eliminate or minimize their occurrence. Traditional access control systems are better than no system at all, but biometric access control systems are demonstrably superior. Below is why your organization should strongly consider implementing biometric controls to enhance employee and company security:

The problems of using traditional access control systems for employees

Traditional access control systems are those that rely on an external key that is used for accessing secured locations, either virtual or real. These systems include the venerable lock-and-key, but other traditional access control systems use magnetic stripe cards, passwords, punch cards, and other means of gaining access.

The main flaw with traditional access control systems is that the external nature of the key lends itself to misuse by those who are not authorized to use it. External keys can be passed to others or copied, and it is difficult to monitor and restrict this aspect of usage. For example, key duplicating machines are easy to locate, and with the advent of 100% automation, making a copy of a key can be discrete, fast and cheap. This vulnerability renders moot the sophistication of any access system; not matter how secure it may be, a person in possession of the external key can gain access.

Why biometric systems are superior for employee access control

Biometric access control systems, on the other hand, are able to definitively solve the problems associated with the use of external keys. By relying on internal keys that only authorized persons can physically possess, biometric systems create an intrinsically-secure means of access. Some of these internal keys include fingerprints, retina, hand or finger vein patterns and even facial recognition.

How biometric access control systems can help you

Below are a few specific ways that biometric access control systems can help both your organization and its employees:

Removes expense and security flaws associated with key usage

While the "old fashioned" lock-and-key system can still be a secure means of controlling access, it is fraught with potential problems. Lost keys are a big headache for organizations, as they often require the complete replacement of locks. Key forgeries are not uncommon, and this, too, diminishes their security value. Finally, the expense and time involved with managing key issuance and lock coordination can be a huge resource drain.

Biometric controls, however, can prevent these occurrences by eliminating the need to create and issue keys. Locks no longer need changing since they are securely linked to individual profiles.

Eliminates hassles associated with magnetic stripe badges

Employee name badges that utilize magnetic stripes can be frustrating for employees, supervisors and human resources staff. These badges are prone to erasure, especially if they are placed in proximity to a strong electrical field or magnets. Employees that suffer accidental badge erasure are then forced to withdraw from their productive environment and get assistance from human resources, or whichever department handles access control. This, in turn, requires the issuance of a substitute badge or re-recording information on the badge.

Similarly, lost or misplaced badges pose the same problem. Employees must valuable time away from their duties to get the situation rectified, and this also places additional paperwork burdens on the personnel responsible for badge issuance and control.

Biometric  identification prevent these possibilities from occurring. By scanning an absolutely unique image from the body of the employee, rather than scanning a magnetically-imprinted code, there is no possibility of accidental erasure. In addition, the internal attributes of biometric scanning means an employee is always in possession of their access key.

Reduces employee misconduct

Another important benefit obtained by using biometric access control is the reduction of employee misconduct. While most employers tend to believe their employees would never steal or take advantage of them, statistics show otherwise; three-fourths of employees have stolen at least one item from an employer, and over a third do it repeatedly.

Biometric Guardian Security Solutions alarm systems prevent employees from gaining access to unauthorized areas or resources. In addition, since the record of entry and exit is based upon unique, internal keys, no longer can an employee claim their card was stolen or a password intercepted. This provides reassurance for both innocent employees and the company.