For example, 2,000 clinicians and staff at Genesis HealthCare in Ohio are currently leveraging multispectral imaging sensors to establish their identity to order, verify or administer medications. A challenge with fingerprint biometrics in this environment is that health care workers frequently wear latex gloves. They must remove the gloves to present the biometric and the ongoing use of the gloves can dry out the skin making it difficult to get a good fingerprint scan. Since multispectral technology captures the fingerprint data from beneath the surface of the skin, it can read the fingerprint through the latex glove.
In addition to applications requiring the greatest level of security, biometrics ESSO is responding to growing demand for IT administration and controls. Free Amsterdam University (VU), one of Europe’s most prestigious colleges, uses multispectral imaging sensors in fingerprint readers used by approximately 8,000 students, faculty and staff to enter the schools’ multiple recreation facilities spread throughout Amsterdam.
“Eliminating the opportunity for students to pass their cards to others was only part of the reason we upgraded to biometrics,” explains Wouter Kropman, director of facilities at VU. “The system gives us a very professional look plus, in the long run, it saves us money. Within three to five years, the biometric solution becomes a break-even with plastic cards because of their associated costs, including cartridges, printers, support and management. Fingerprints provide a sustainable solution.”
Converged Logical and Physical Access Control
Beyond the obvious advantages of biometrically-enabled ESSO for securing access to data, an even greater potential for enterprise security is realized when enterprises combine building access with IT security. No longer are the boundaries between physical access to buildings and data access a rational strategy for protecting corporate assets. A centralized, holistic approach to credential management eliminates the inefficiencies of multiple digital identities, multiple databases, multiple credentials and multiple organizations managing enterprise access.
Today, locksmiths can choose among a range of multispectral imaging readers from approximately 20 different companies. They come in various form factors and fit a myriad of applications from door access control to time and attendance. Some are created for outdoor use, including extreme conditions such as in TWIC (Transportation Worker Identification Credential) applications at ports, military bases and airports – even meeting the rugged, IP65 standard with full anti-vandal casing. Others serve as front ends for biometrics-enabled common meter reading instrument (CMRI) systems or touch screen electronic key management solutions.
Biometrics, formerly confined to the back room can now confidently be put in front of the customer. Security has been increased with a simple, easy, intuitive touch of a finger. Banks are putting multispectral imaging fingerprint readers on their ATMs. Governments use them at border crossing. You’ll even find them at the entrances to the world’s favorite theme parks. Making them the centerpiece for your customer’s ESSO is a logical consideration for locksmiths on the cutting edge.
Lumidigim partner i-Evo demonstrated biometric readers able to work in the harshest conditions – even underwater or through Latex gloves – at IFSEC, May 16-19, in Birmingham (UK). “Not that...