The benefits of biometric access control for your building
The best biometric security technology is one that’s convenient to use, easy to manage, and one that’s easily scalable for any organization, big or small. Biometric technology can be found in existing leading technology, such as access control software that utilizes mobile credentials with biometric authentication. Many smartphones from Apple and Android use biometric measurements, such as a fingerprint or face identification scan, to record and authenticate the user before unlocking the phone. Openpath is an example of a software solution that leverages this built-in biometric technology for door lock applications. See the many benefits of biometric access control and solutions that leverage this technology below.
More secure than passwords and PINs
Biometric door access control systems are, by and large, a more secure tool than assigning and using passwords or PIN codes for your organization or business. While biometric technology isn’t necessarily perfect in accuracy (especially when used in real-world conditions), the technology is constantly evolving and improving—and is still much more secure than traditional passwords. Passwords and PIN numbers can easily be shared, lost, or stolen, allowing an unauthorized user to enter and move through restricted areas.
In addition, a best practice for security—whether it be cybersecurity or physical security—is to have multiple layers of authentication in place. This is important in the case that one layer, such as a lost or stolen passcode, is compromised, ensuring that there is another measure in place to protect your property, people, or information. According to LastPass’s 2019 Global Password Security Report, 57% of businesses globally are leveraging multi-factor authentication, up 12% from the previous year. With this in mind, pairing another authentication method such as a key card credential or passcode can make biometric access control extremely secure and nearly impossible to breach. Utilizing a keyless door entry system such as a fingerprint scanner or facial recognition measure is a great first or second layer of security for any commercial building.
An access control solution like Openpath can help you take advantage of the security benefits found in biometric technology. In Openpath’s cloud-based Control Center, managers can easily adjust their property’s Entry States, allowing building managers to require multi-factor authentication to allow access through specific doors. By choosing to only allow interactive two-factor authentication mobile access in the Control Center, your organization’s users must have a PIN code, biometric, or similar protection on the home screen to trigger an unlock request. By utilizing the built-in biometric technology used in smartphones, Openpath’s mobile credential utilizes a strong layer of biometric security that’s easy to implement in your business or organization’s security framework.
Added convenience for employees, managers, and security team
While the COVID-19 pandemic progressed, biometric technology adoption grew as businesses looked toward touch-free, flexible access methods for employees.
Over the past few years, more organizations have looked toward implementing flexible access methods for employees. Using biometric access devices is more convenient and straightforward for the employees and managers of a property. Since there is no need to issue hard-to-remember passcodes, card keys, or key fobs, users won’t have to remember a specific code (or, write it down in an unsecured place) or need to carry around a physical item that can also be lost or stolen. This also takes an additional responsibility off building managers or security teams—there’s no need to create, keep track of, or revoke physical credentials.
When paired with an access control software solution as flexible and scalable as Openpath, biometric security measures can be simple to manage. From reviewing valuable, customized data of failed entry or authentication attempts, to frictionless integrations with leading surveillance systems for businesses, identity services, and analytics dashboards, a cloud-based software solution like Openpath can make leveraging and learning from your biometric access control much more straightforward—and insightful—for your team.
For organizations and security teams looking to leverage biometric technology through an easy-to-integrate service, consider Openpath’s integration with the powerful software solution Kognition, which combines convenient access control with smart AI-powered video security. With Kognition, organizations can utilize smart facial recognition to identify repeat users and potential threats, use front door ID verification instead of a physical badge or reader, and receive smart analytics to understand how the property is being used.
Cost-efficient in many cases
While biometric security measures have the reputation of being a costly form of security, some solutions implement this same technology without the need to install your own commercial fingerprint door locks or retina scan locks. With access control solutions that utilize sought-after biometric authentication, businesses and organizations of any size from any industry can implement this technology across one or many properties without upending their existing security system.
One of the benefits of Openpath’s access control solution is the ability to use mobile credentials as an alternative or additional means for authorized entry into a property, building, or specific room. Openpath’s mobile credentials can leverage the biometric measurements like fingerprint scanning and facial recognition already available on leading smartphones like Apple’s iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy products, allowing for a much more secure, multi-factor authentication.
Openpath’s flexible cloud-based solution can easily integrate into any new or existing security system, allowing you to bypass a more costly and extensive installation process for biometric tools.
Additionally, the use of an entry system that’s free of any key cards or fobs can ultimately save your business money in the long run, especially if your organization has a large number of employees that need access to your property or properties. Physical cards and fobs can become a costly expense if you need to issue a great deal of them due to an increasing workforce or high turnover rate at a corporation. They can also easily get lost, stolen, or damaged, resulting in additional costs for replacement and additional security risks in case these physical products get into the wrong hands.
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