Security companies lack of IT expertise slowing biometrics adoption

July 31, 2012 - 

Retail and enterprise companies have been slow to adopt biometric security measures of various modalities including fingerprint readers, finger vein readers, palm vein readers and eye (iris) readers.

The main reason, according to Reg King, CEO of ABT Security Systems, is security companies’ poor understanding of advanced technologies available.

He believes that many companies are not using biometric security solutions because security providers may know how to install them but they don’t necessarily know how to integrate them.

“What we are seeing is that enterprises and most particularly retail stores are missing out on advanced and often very cost effective security enhancements,” said King. “This is simply because their security company lacks the IT expertise to integrate biometric devices with existing systems such as POS (point of sale) or Time and Attendance.”

King believes that integrating security and data systems provides greater efficiencies, more accurate analytics, and a tightening of the broader security net.

“Our biometric devices can’t be abused and shared around like ID passwords, dramatically improving loss prevention strategies, retail shrinkage, employee theft, whether they’re suspicious transactions, false credits/returns or just errors; and have a host of human resource applications with direct links to timesheets and payrolls,” said King.

ABT Security Systems builds security systems that are symbiotic with businesses IT infrastructure, linking security assets via seamless data exchange to existing IT systems. Currently, they are working on biometric integration for a major chain of Telco retail stores, using a fingerprint reader device. They are the Authorized Australian Reseller for M2SYS.

Do you agree with Reg King that IT and biometric security should intermesh?

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