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Biometric Identification: 4 Reasons Businesses Need It

If there is anything to learn from the recent KCB bank heist (Thika branch), it’s that nothing is as safe as you think it is. Attackers are becoming more nuanced every day. And businesses are a ripe target for looting.

Companies that aren’t updating their security systems are especially vulnerable. With technologies such as biometric identification becoming available, solely relying on passwords is begging for trouble to find you. This is because of how unreliable passwords have become.

Protecting your business information requires you adapt to new technologies.  Biometric identification is perhaps the best solution available to you. Here are reasons your business needs it:

  1. Biometric Identification is secure

Remembering multiple passwords is both frustrating and leads to errors. So most employees just use the same password in both their office and personal lives. The password used for their email, will be used on their laptop, phone, Facebook and even Twitter account.

Another key disadvantage of passwords is how easy they are to share. Many employees share their passwords making it difficult to track who actually used it.

What this means is the risk of the password getting acquired increases tremendously.

These problems, among many others, are solved by using biometric systems. Biometric information is unique to each worker. No one shares the same fingerprint, Iris or finger vein structure. Thus, no one can share it, and neither can it be stolen from them.

Using biometric identification eliminates many issues caused by using old technology. This ensures your business information is secure.

  1. Biometric Identification is Efficient

How many passwords can one track? Research shows that an average employee may have to  input passwords a minimum of fifty times in a month. This may lead to errors which require having to sit down and remember the correct password.

Inputting passwords is also time consuming, having to type it down. For security systems that require two step verification, such as using a token, this process is even slower. This is because you have to type they password then input a token.

Biometric systems tackle both these challenges at once. Gaining access only requires a quick scan of your unique physiological information from a finger or eye. This helps eliminate the need for security guards since without the right information, one cannot get entry.

No more complex passwords or time wastage.  This efficiency is one of the key reasons major corporations are adopting biometric identification systems.

 

  1. Biometric Identification is versatile

One advantage normally overlooked is how versatile biometric systems are. Employers can use these systems in different dynamics  including:

  • Tracking work hours

Since these systems record every time they are used, it is possible to track the number of hours employees spend at work. The use of biometric identification on doors indicates the presence or lack thereof of workers in the building.

Workers who use their colleagues to sign them in at work will have to do it themselves. One cannot replicate this unique identification method easily.

  • Increasing accountability

Using biometric systems increases accountability. How? By limiting the number of individuals who can access sensitive information. Giving a colleague a password enables them to use it at their own discretion. However, you cannot share your biometric data.

The tracking of who accesses sensitive data is thus far more accurate, and makes employees think twice before allowing others to enter restricted areas.

A caveat, it is important to explain the benefits of the systems to employees. This gets them on board with the system without creating a feeling of mistrust that may affect morale.

  1. Biometric Identification is safe and user friendly

The scanning of finger prints, finger veins and iris by security systems is completely safe. There have been multiple tests conducted to ensure that there are no side effects of using biometric identification.

After setting up the access control systems, they are available for use almost immediately. The systems are easy to use and extremely user friendly. No technical knowledge is required to use them after the initial instalment.

Conclusion

As technology advances, and the Internet of Things becomes widespread, use of biometric data will be critical. This advance is already being seen in Apple’s adaptation of fingerprint identification for their laptops. Several Apple and Android phones also already rely on biometrics to access the data inside.

Stay ahead of your competitors by using top notch technology to support your business. Your business needs a safe and user friendly solution that increases both efficiency and accountability. Your business needs biometric identification.

 

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