Access control is the nexus of security for any building. It’s an idea that hasn’t changed much in centuries, despite numerous changes in technology over the years. While the fundamentals never change, the way they work has grown by leaps and bounds.
Biometric security systems are the way of the future, as far as access control goes. Biometric systems use the physical characteristics of a person’s body to identify them, allowing or disallowing access. They are by far the most secure access control systems available today, because it’s impossible to fake or copy, as can be done with keys or codes.
Of the different types of biometric systems available, fingerprint access control is the most widespread and cost effective. Even better, it’s the most convenient for users. While retinal scans are a serious endeavor that takes time to operate, a simple thumb press can open a biometric lock in seconds.
The most important feature of fingerprint access control is, of course, the ability to fine-tune exactly who can and cannot gain access to a given space. These locks can be programmed to remember the fingerprints of multiple people, allowing keyless entry for all approved users. Fingerprint scanners can also be programmed to enable access at specific times and places for specific individuals.
There are a few downsides to this technology. The first is cost: the initial hardware setup price will be higher than a standard lock and key or keypad access control. The second downside is that programming takes some time, as every user will need to be scanned in manually to set the lock. Additionally, it can take more time to scan a fingerprint than to wave a keycard or input a code.
Overall, the benefits of fingerprint scanning, including the highest level of security possible today, appear very worth the investment. With biometric security becoming mainstream thanks to smartphones and laptops, the technology will only get cheaper and better as time progresses.
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