Biometrics as used with Access Control Systems

Biometrics, as used in the security industry, is defined as methods for uniquely recognizing humans based upon physical traits. The person is authenticated by utilizing some unique feature about themselves. Examples of a biometric measurement would include: fingerprints, palm-prints, facial recognition, retina characteristics, or voice recognition.

RFID Smart-cards utilize a physical trait combined with smart-card data to authenticate a card holder and authorize entrance into a controlled environment. The smart-card holds embedded information in an internal chip that identifies the intended card holder. When access is desired to a protected area or device, the card is read by a compatible reader, so as to extract the embedded information. Similarly, a biometric scanner reads the physical trait of the person requesting access. This could be the capture of a person’s fingerprint, eye-scan, facial profile, or other configuration. If the information from the card and the captured biometrics of the person match, the computer software is able to proceed to the next step. That step determines whether or not the person is authorized to access that area, at that point in time. If so, the access is granted.

This form of authentication is fast, accurate and much more secure than most programs currently in place.

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