Open doors with a fingerprint
A sound and intelligent system for performing access controls is an indispensable asset for many modern companies. After all, many organizations have to deal with a growing number of people visiting their buildings. This includes permanent employees who come to the office or warehouse (almost) every day, as well as part-timers, seasonal workers, freelancers, visitors, guests, external IT staff, or caterers.
Moreover, we are in the era of hybrid working: people no longer enter and leave buildings at set times. As a result, people and companies demand more flexibility and ease of use from access systems without sacrificing security.
Once someone has access to a building, it is crucial to properly arrange who can open particular doors and enter specific areas. Working with classic keys can then be quite a hassle. People have to hand over keys, employees who leave the organization have to hand in their keys, and you have to make new keys for new employees.
How easy would it be if people could open doors instantly with just a single action and use a unique verification key that could not be transferred or counterfeited? Opening the door with a fingerprint makes this possible. But how does opening a door with a fingerprint actually work? What are the benefits of fingerprint access control? And what are the possibilities that EasySecure offers in this area? Keep on reading for the answers to these questions!
The advantages of opening doors with a fingerprint
Opening the door with a fingerprint has several advantages over many other forms of access control. We briefly list the main pros of this innovative form of biometric access control.
Opening the door with a fingerprint offers a high degree of security. While traditional attributes for opening doors, such as physical keys, cards, or magnetic cards, are often difficult to secure, this is not the case with fingerprints. This is because access is linked to a person's body part. And people can never forget to take their body parts with them or transfer them to others.
No more troubles with keys
Troubles with keys are a thing of the past if you opt for access control with a fingerprint. Employees can no longer forget or lose their key or access card. Besides that, management and your organization's board no longer have to keep track of who has a key or access cards for which doors and areas.
Opening the door with a fingerprint enables two-factor authentication. The finger is always someone's own and can be linked to an access card that opens doors. By using the combination of fingerprint and card, the identity of a user is verified twice.
Using multiple systems together
If you opt for fingerprint access control, you can use multiple access control systems simultaneously with EasySecure. In addition to the fingerprint, you can also use registration with a card, face, or mobile phone. In addition, access control with EasySecure is easy to combine with solutions for time, attendance, and visitor registration.
Opening the door with a fingerprint is a form of access control that guarantees fast registration. Guests or employees only need to scan their fingerprints to open a door and no longer have to go through time-consuming registration processes.
The fingerprint access control system can be configured flexibly. For example, users can always open doors with the index finger while using the middle finger to scan for a silent alarm during a calamity.
How does fingerprint access control work?
First, a fingerprint scan is made. That can be single or multiple fingerprints if you use different prints for different applications. Also, no two people have the same fingerprint, making it a body characteristic that can always be traced back to a unique individual.
You then store the fingerprints digitally in a database or a digital map. Does an authorized employee, visitor, or guest arrive at a room he wants to enter? Then a reader makes a new scan of the fingerprint, and the device checks whether the data matches the identity information stored in the database or on the card. Is there a match? Then the door opens, and the person in question gains access to the room. If there is no matching fingerprint, the door remains closed.
The AVG and fingerprint access control
Since 2018, organizations within the European Union and the Netherlands have been subject to the GDPR. This law sets high requirements for privacy protection. Failure to comply can result in sky-high fines and reputational damage.
The GDPR is especially strict with biometric access control, which includes opening the door with a fingerprint. Fingerprint access control is only allowed if this is necessary from a security point of view and when someone gives you explicit permission to store and process their biometric data.
In addition, there must be freedom of choice. Therefore, organizations must offer employees, guests, or visitors one or more alternative identification methods in addition to biometric access control. For employees, a legal review is also required to determine whether biometric access control is necessary and proportionate.
Therefore, access control with a fingerprint is not a method to frivolously employ. A good consultation with and a clear explanation to all parties involved, in combination with an excellent legal basis, are necessary if you want to introduce access control with a fingerprint. With EasySecure, you can rest assured that the software is GDPR-proof. A privacy menu is available to set a retention period to automatically delete log data and receive notifications about inactive users and means of registration.
Indoor and outdoor use
Not all systems for opening doors with a fingerprint can withstand challenging weather elements such as wind, rain, snow, hail, or extreme heat. Therefore, it is vital that a scanner for opening exterior doors with a fingerprint has a certain robustness and weather resistance and cannot be easily demolished by vandals.
Several standards define robustness and tolerance to adverse weather conditions. Well-known examples are IK10 and IP. These standards indicate how well a device is resistant and protected against impacts and bumps (IK10) and water and dust (IP) penetration, respectively.
IP is based on two digits. The first uses a scale from 0 (no protection) to 6 (optimal protection) and says something about the degree of protection against the penetration of material and dust. The second indicates the resistance to water and uses a scale from 0 (not or hardly moisture resistant) to 8 (waterproof). A scanner for outdoor use, therefore, ideally has IP67 or 68.
An IK10 certification says something about the 'vandal resistance' of a device or installation. For example, how well can a scanner withstand blows, bumps, and shocks? In the case of IK10, a device can withstand shocks of 20 joules or the fall of a 5-kilogram impact surface from a height of 0.4 meters.
Fingerprint access control systems
With EasySecure, you can choose various systems that support fingerprint access control. Here’s an overview of the available hardware.
The BioEntry W2 is the latest addition to our access control hardware range. This scanner is IP67-rated and, due to its robustness, ideal for outdoor use and vandal-proof. In addition, the scanner has a finger and card reader. Because up to 500,000 people can use the device, the BioEntry W2 is ideal for large organizations with many employees, suppliers, and visitors.
The compact BioLite N2 has a finger reader, PIN code pad, and a multi-card reader. In addition, thanks to the presence of BLE and NFC technology in the scanner, it is possible to use the mobile phone as an access card. The BioLite N2 can be used both indoors and outdoors and can be used for access control, attendance registration, and time registration.
Facestation F2-Fingerprint Scan
Face recognition for outdoors and indoors with Facestation F2- Fingerprint Scan! This high-speed terminal is suitable for access control, time registration and attendance. Besides face recognition, registration with mobile phone, card and code is also possible.
Do you want to open doors with a fingerprint? Then EasySecure is the right place for you. Would you like to know more about this ingenious and secure form of access control? Please feel free to contact us by calling +31 850297516 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Or you can fill in the contact form on our website.
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