“That’s the key issue the industry has been struggling with for years: the speed of processing. Biometrics wasn’t popular in the earlier stages of the technology because of kick outs and delays, but the accuracy and processing speed have improved.” You should decide whether the cost of biometrics has fallen enough for use in your facility based on a combination of your budgetary constraints and security requirements. The main selling point for biometrics is that it provides more security in the identification process, which can provide stricter access control and a lower margin of error than other forms of identification. Biometrics provides better security than RFID cards or pin codes because you cannot transfer your fingerprint or any other identifying physical characteristic to another person, explains Clifton. Despite costs going down and improvements to the technology, biometrics still comes with its own set of limitations – foremost being the issue of cybersecurity. Many organizations are just integrating biometrics to achieve compliance, but end up undermining the system itself by using either sub-standard products or poorly configured systems, which is a waste of money and creates a security vulnerability. You can saturate a building with technology, but incompetent design and integration will leave your system at risk of an ill-intentioned person manipulating or circumventing your biometric system.
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