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TBS protects medical research at Celgene using fingerprint access control


Biopharmaceutical company Celegne recently enlisted the help of fingerprint biometrics firm Touchless Biometric Systems (TBS) to protect its sensitive business field.

Celegne required security protection for its American headquarters in New Jersey, as well as its European headquarters in Boudry, Switzerland.

With such demanding security expectations, Celegne realized that it should focus on biometrics rather than on ID cards or keys.

“It was critical for us to avoid misuse, hence the incorporation of biometrics,” said Roberto Paolasini, leader of the facilities support team at Celgene. “Conventional cards or keys can be passed on and are therefore not suitable for critical applications.”

After careful review of the various biometric security solutions available on the market, Celegne eventually decided on a system that combines dormakaba software with TBS hardware.

Dormakaba designed a system that provides comprehensive access control for outdoor and indoor applications.

Aside from main entrance areas, the system mainly secures higher security facilities. This presented significant challenges, as the system needed to function outdoors as well as take into account elements such as weather and sunlight.

To date, Celgene has deployed biometric devices that are being used by over 1,000 people. The company’s non-contact 3D fingerscan terminal provides maximum security and comfort at the point of access, securely storing data in the central system.

Due to the various scalable modules, the system can be customized according to Celgene’s specific needs.

The system also provides a range of smart functions such as visitor authorization and management, parking management, and time logging.

“In Switzerland, our entrance areas exclusively incorporate biometric solutions by TBS, since they are easy to use,” said Daniel Fischer, product manager at dormakaba. “The parties in charge at Celgene are satisfied with the implemented system. Our experience so far has been very good: user acceptance is high, and using the system is comfortable and trouble-free. The cooperation has been smooth as well. At the moment, we plan further expansions for biometrics; our laboratories are to be equipped with additional access control systems.”

The companies are working on a further integration of the TBS biometric system into dormakaba access control, in preparation for the international rollout of the system.

The TBS 3D-Terminal is a three-dimensional, contact-free fingerprint sensor that uses three integrated cameras to scan the user’s fingerprint.

TBS solutions are ideal for high security and large user groups, and can be used with TBS BioManager software or integrated into any other security software.

Previously reported, Touchless Biometric Systems (TBS) introduced two new solutions for small and medium-sized enterprises.

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