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Bringing biometrics to the door and across the enterprise

Bringing biometrics to the door and across the enterprise

This is a guest post by Wayne Pak, director of product marketing, physical access control with HID Global.

Biometrics fuse convenience and security while validating “true identity” versus identity that is associated with possessing an ID card (or mobile credential on a smartphone), and offers numerous benefits access control and other enterprise applications. With the emergence of new anti-spoofing capabilities and its integration into secure platforms that protect privacy and support numerous credential technologies, biometric authentication is poised to deliver a much higher matching speed and better overall performance along with improved security and user convenience.

Development of the latest solutions has focused on the following key areas:

· Improving image capture: Many customers choose sensors that use multispectral imaging because it optimizes the quality of the captured image illuminates the skin at different depths to collect information from inside the finger to augment available surface fingerprint data. Additionally, the multispectral sensors work for the broadest range of people with normal, wet, dry or damaged fingers, across the widest range conditions (from lotions or grease to sunlight, wet, cold conditions).

· Liveness detection to enhance trust: An increasingly visible dimension of biometric performance in commercial applications, liveness detection is the ability to determine that the biometric data captured by the fingerprint reader is from a real, living person rather than a plastic fake or other artificial copy. This is critical if biometrics are to eliminate the need to use PINs or passwords. It also protect privacy – if you can’t use a fake finger, then even if you did obtain someone’s fingerprint data, it is meaningless.

· Optimizing performance: The top-performing solutions capture usable biometric data on the first attempt for every user and speed the liveness detection process. They quickly perform template matching to reject impostors and match legitimate users, and should be tested by skilled and independent third parties for interoperability so that performance is based on data that can be trusted in all template-matching modes.

Incorporating biometrics into access control systems requires a secure trust platform designed to meet the concerns of accessibility and data protection in a connected environment. The platform should leverage credential technology that employs encryption and a software-based infrastructure to secure identities on any form factor for trusted access to doors, IT networks and beyond. This system also should encompass remote management of all readers and users, spanning all onboarding as well as template loading and enrollment activities for supported authentication modes.

Tools should be available to allow system administrators to manage all configuration settings from time and data to language, security and synchronization. Additionally, the system should enable continuous live monitoring of authentication, alerts and system health. To simplify deployment, application programming interfaces (APIs) should be available for direct integration of biometrics authentication solutions with the access control infrastructure.

Today’s fingerprint authentication solutions are on a fast track to deliver a unique combination of ease of use and higher security to access control systems. With their latest enhancements in liveness detection, system architectures and performance, they seamlessly combine security and convenience to make them a viable option for secure access to facilities, networks and services.

About the author

Wayne K. Pak is Director of Product Marketing, Physical Access Control Solutions with HID Global. In this role, Mr. Pak is responsible for a broad product portfolio and go-to-market strategies for HID’s physical access control solutions (PACS) business unit.

DISCLAIMER: BiometricUpdate.com blogs are submitted content. The views expressed in this blog are that of the author, and don’t necessarily reflect the views of BiometricUpdate.com.

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