Expanding Biometric Applications

Biometrics are replacing the traditional methods of tracking time, attendance and access control credentials.


Like many other technologies, biometric devices offered today are products that came about thanks to commercial companies capitalizing on military research and development. Processes currently used to safeguard top secret military and government facilities that have migrated into the public...


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Like many other technologies, biometric devices offered today are products that came about thanks to commercial companies capitalizing on military research and development.

Processes currently used to safeguard top secret military and government facilities that have migrated into the public sector include four types of biometric recognition: Finger scan, hand scan, iris scan and facial recognition.

Biometrics are replacing the traditional methods of tracking time and attendance as well as access control credentials.

The shortcoming of the traditional time cards and credentials in use today are that both are subject to fraudulent use. Because biometric characteristics are not transferable, fraudulent use is mitigated, if not eliminated completely.

The installation of biometrics will usually result in increased workers’ performance and reduced excessive overtime abuses.

For example, when finger imaging technology was used to track payments to recipients of public assistance in one California county, the program saved $5 million in fraudulent payments in the first six months.

If deployed statewide in Texas, it has been estimated that biometric scanning devices would save between $6 and $12 million annually on welfare payment.

Biometrics also streamlines accounting processes such as payroll. For example for a small business that has 10 hourly employees who are paid at $15 per hour, streamlining the process with biometrics and automated processing and eliminating the time card and the record keeping would result in savings of over $10,000 every year. In a larger company where 500 workers make $25 an hour, savings would exceed $650,000.

Below are examples of some of the biometric products available today.

Zodiac iClass™Fingerprint Verification Reader

Cansec’s new Zodiac iClass™ Fingerprint Readers utilize HID’s industry leading iClass™ contactless smart cards for template storage, allowing the use of HID iClass readers in locations where biometrics are not required. Zodiac allows biometrics to be seamlessly integrated into virtually all new and existing access control systems, while retaining affordability and increased security. Since Zodiac iClass does not store fingerprint templates in memory or on a PC, all privacy concerns are eliminated and cost of installation is kept to a minimum.

Zodiac uses an optical sensor which is physically stronger than semiconductor-based systems in terms of impact resistance, scratch resistance, all-weather durability, and corrosion resistance. Physical strength is a key factor for versatile outdoor usage. Semiconductor-based systems must apply special surface treatments to protect their inherently weak surfaces. Even then, they are far weaker than Zodiac’s optical-prism strength.

Zodiac’s unique design allows it to easily replace any conventional access control reader in minutes with no change required to the existing access control system. This is made possible by storing each user’s fingerprint template in their iClass smart card rather than storing it in the reader or a central database. Because templates do not have to be downloaded into every reader, no additional communication wiring is needed between readers or to a template management PC. Zodiac iClass is available with standard Wiegand or Magnetic Stripe emulation, allowing it to be used with virtually all access control and time and attendance systems.

Where a user does not wish to replace their existing access control cards, the stick-on BioPatch can be easily affixed to the existing card to provide the same functionality as the contactless SmartCard. BioPatch is the ultimate solution for integrating biometrics into existing systems where re-badging is not feasible.

Zodiac iClass™ Reader features include:

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