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How to choose between biometric scanning options

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The topic of this article is how you can choose between biometric scanning options. As we discuss the different options available when it comes to biometric scanning security systems, there are some questions that you need to keep in mind.

  1. How does the hardware work? How much does it cost? Will it interface with my software platform?
  2. What is the level of security associated with this system? Is it going to be enough security for me? Is it going to be too much security? Do I really need iris recognition? Do I need more than iris recognition?
  3. Does this software system integrate with the platforms and applications that I already have? How difficult will it be to integrate my operating platform and biometric scanning? Do I have the right APIs?
  4. Will my employees accept biometric scanning? Will they be able to figure out how to use it? Will they be comfortable with it? How hard will it be for them to adjust?

If you answer those questions as you study the different options, you'll be able to determine which options is right for you, if any.

  1. Face and voice recognition. This particular biometric scanning option is probably the most popular biometric scanning technology. But you should keep in mind that the hardware for face recognition is expensive. It's complicated to set up. The voice recognition technology scores badly when it comes to letting in intruders, and mistaking acceptable employees for intruders. In other words, it's easy for the bad guys to get in and it's hard for the good guys to get in. For face recognition to work every time (a tricky proposition, since just having a bad hair day can keep you out), you have to set up special lighting, have a specially trained technician, and purchase an expensive camera.
  2. Iris scanning biometric technology Iris scanning is the most secure of all of the different biometric scanning options. It is nearly impossible to copy another person's iris. Iris scanning is also the most commonly available biometric scanning options. Some of the things to remember, however, is that it is quite expensive. Iris scanning hardware also takes up a lot of space. The other thing to remember is that the majority of users absolutely hate it. And who wouldn't? You're having a laser raked across your eye! It is quite uncomfortable and invasive, and if you blink or move your eye quickly at all, then you will end in failure.
  3. Fingerprint recognition Fingerprint recognition has been around longer than any other biometric scanning technology. If you want an access control system for an application or for hardware access, this is probably the best way to go because it's fast due to increased processor speeds and USB ports. Generally speaking, fingerprint recognition is the least expensive, the most reliable, the easiest to implement biometric scanning option. Furthermore, it is probably the most popular among users, especially when you are requiring desktop-level authentication. But if you need really, really tight security, this probably isn't the way to go. And make sure that you tell your employees to wash their hands-if they have any grease from their breakfast on their fingers, they won't be able to get in.
As with any access control system, the best biometric scanning option is the one that works best for your particular situation, your employees, and your security needs. Carefully consider the different options and the models that are available for purchase. Keep in mind the questions brought up at the beginning of the article. And talk to company representatives so that you can exactly sure what you're getting into and what is going to be the best option for you.

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