Every business owner appreciates that any lapse is security can result in serious consequences. For instance, your employs can abscond work without your notice or unauthorized persons can gain entry into your business premise and access vital documentation. Perhaps you have already invested in some form of security system and would love to complement it with a biometric security system. And you are aware of the things you need to consider when investing in this security system. Here are five important factors you need to keep in mind when investing in a biometric security system.
- Perform an audit of your current security system
Before making the decision on the right biometric system to implement in your premise, it is prudent that you conduct an audit of your current security system, and see how well it matches up against your existing security policies. Performing a security audit will let you know the chance to know and better understand your present business process. From experience, it is much easier integrating a biometric security system with an existing business process system, rather implementing the system afresh.
- Which biometric modality is perfect for your business?
Truth is, there is no “one size fits all” strategy when it comes implementing a biometric security system in your business. It is important that you consider some related factors when shopping for a biometric system. The common biometric systems include fingerprint, hand punch, face recognition system, and iris scanner. Some of the factors that you must take into account include the physical location, task (identification or verification), security risks, existing data, user circumstances, expected number of end users. Each biometric system has its unique strengths and shortcomings that you need to evaluate before implementing the application. The effectiveness of any biometric system deployment depends on how and where the technology is implemented.
- Multimodal biometric vs. Unimodal biometric systems
One of the crucial rules of a sound security policy is to never rely on one source of security as your line of protection. Rather, you are better off having multiple security layers. In biometric terms, this means investing in multimodal biometric system for your business. Before implementing a security system, it is crucial that you see how well you can implement it together with your existing security system. Unimodal biometric systems only capture and match a single biometric trait resulting in absence of suitable ways of solving identification challenges. Multimodal biometric systems on the other hand are capable of capturing multiple traits. A great example of multimodal biometric system is the Hybrid biometric system.
- Biometric hardware
With rapid advances in biometric technology, various kinds of hardware are available to pick from. It is important that you consider all related hardware factors that may affect the success of the deployment like spoof detection capability, liveness detection capability, and mobility. Besides, there are now fingerprint readers available in the market like the M2-FuseID that is capable of capturing high-quality fingerprint images and vein patterns for liveness detection while eliminating spoof attacks. For some establishments, the mobility of the biometric system can be an essential factor for success.
- Consider the ROI
If you have made up your mind that you want to invest in a biometric access control in your business, it is important that you understand the rate of Return on Investment (ROI). To better understand this, start by conducting a “Pilot Project.” For instance, if you are considering implementing five fingerprint scanners at different locations for purposes of tracking your employees’ attendance, you may want to start out by installing one installing the one scanner and one primary location for a short time before scaling up. This will also help you see how your staff will react to the use of the biometric access control system.
Biometric access control system can help improve the security and accountability in your business premise. However, there are a number of factors you need to keep in mind before investing in this security solution. If you are considering implementing a biometric access control system in your premise and are looking for expert advice, feel free to contact us today.