A lower total cost of ownership is one of the factors that's expanding biometrics' security applicability.
Physical & Logical Access Converging
Mobile biometrics is also providing schools, universities and hospitals a converged physical and logical access control solution.
The approach is straightforward. One device should support multiple applications. If someone’s biometrics can open a door or raise a gate, why can’t it also instantly connect them to other campus management tools? Today’s biometric computing platforms make this possible — seamlessly integrating physical and logical access control based on individual identity. Now the same device that authenticates an employee for access can deliver real-time information and communications, trigger rule-based automation processes and open up two-way communications across departments and tasks.
The ability to push information out to the edge based on the individual’s access level, location and other factors is a powerful capability. Personalized employee access and information across all devices and interfaces (access points, laptops, tablets, smartphones) not only improves security, but also enables the organization to integrate biometrics into a broader operational system. The result is greater efficiency, tighter security, lower costs and improved productivity.
Benefits Have Extended
Hospitals, institutions of higher education and districts evaluating access control options take into account multiple considerations: Is it secure and accurate? Can it be easily integrated into existing workflows? What are the upfront and lifecycle costs? And finally, what value can the system deliver beyond security?
The last point is one of the most promising areas of biometrics today. Mobile biometric platforms in particular extend the benefits of biometric authentication beyond access control to myriad applications, including:
With the convergence of physical and logical access, lower costs and greater ease of use, biometric technology has become an increasingly accepted means of identification for end users. Overall benefits include a higher level of security with a lower TCO. As campuses become more comfortable with biometrics, they can explore ways to expand to new services that address challenges from security and operations to emerging applications.
Steve Perna is executive director, products and solutions division, for SRI Int’l.