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Bioconnect releases dual-factor fingerprint plus card lock for data centers

BioConnect has released CabinetShield, a dual-factor fingerprint plus card lock designed to fit onto the most common server cabinets in a data center.

The product has an HID multiCLASS read head with a fingerprint sensor, allowing it to support finger only, and card plus finger deployments.

CabinetShield was designed to provide a secure solution for server cabinets in the data center , providing colocation providers and their customers with greater visibility into access events throughout the entire facility.

Depending on the type of data that is stored in the physical location, various governing bodies (PCI, HIPAA, AICPA SOC, or other) enforce that any organization handling or storing data must comply with specific asset documentation, configuration and change management, as well as transparent documentation and physical access security policies.

The solution connects directly to a central access control system through BioConnect ID Enterprise, which has integrations with over 20 leading access control solutions.

When combined with BioConnect’s integrations with Suprema biometric readers, the audit trail shows who accessed a cabinet and when, as well as each critical point of the facility as the templates captured at initial enrollment are tied to the user profile and work on both CabinetShield as well as Suprema devices connected to the system.

CabinetShield is the first solution for access control that combines multiple biometric vendors and hardware types.

An undisclosed national colocation facility in the United States approached BioConnect seeking a solution to secure a customer’s cabinets.

The customer had two different teams that would be required to access to the same pod housing about 60 cabinets at initial deployment and they wanted to ensure that each team could only access specific cabinets in the space.

Since the cabinets were housed in the same pod, the customer needed to be able to restrict access to each cabinet.

The company knew that implementing an electronic access control system would allow them to create an audit trail which would capture key information such as who accessed which cabinet at specific times.

However, the customer was also looking for a higher level of dependability through a system that uses both biometrics and its pre-existing access control platform.

Based on its previous work demonstrating biometric solutions, BioConnect was contracted as a consultant for the project and ultimately recommended their newest solution, CabinetShield.

BioConnect implemented 200 CabinetShield devices to secure the front side of 200 cabinets, which expanded on the initial requirement of 60.

The facility now has biometrics to secure the data hall (Suprema BioStation 2), pod (Suprema BioEntry W) and cabinets (CabinetShield), making it a streamlined experience for the user accessing each area via fingerprint recognition.

BioConnect ID Enterprise connects all the biometric devices to the same central access control system, eliminating many of the operational issues associated with combining devices from two different manufacturers.

Previously reported, BioConnect recently integrated FacePhi’s SelPhi face recognition system into the company’s agnostic biometric identification platform, BioConnect ID.

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