Ziptide, August 2017

Aug. 1, 2017

Time for Biometrics

This month’s issue article, Is This the Year for You to Consider Biometrics? ( July 2017, pages 12-14), was a good read with meat in it.

I have been doing locksmithing for 31 years and have sold "some" units. One problem NOT addressed about using these units is the many folks that DO NOT have readable fingerprints. I grew up on a vegetable truck farm and worked in the horse business for many years, then went into construction.

A few years ago I was called to install three biometrics locks for a customer. I never could get them to work. After customer replaced them as bad, I called to company and talked to the tech folks. It did not take long for them to ask what I did before locksmithing. They told me that I do not have biometric readable fingerprints so I need to have someone else with me to set up system to start. It worked after that. Maybe today the systems are better able to read fingerprints.

I was at the courthouse and had to check in with a fingerprint reader run by the sheriff's department. Their biometric reader would not read my fingerprints, so I had to have prints taken the old-fashioned way.

This is a small problem that can give some locksmith a fit down the road as they try to get folks set up to use their new system.

Keep up the GREAT work. I would like to see more on residential and small business locks and standalone keypads.

C. Fred Peterson—CLL

North Carolina

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