What is Biometric Access Control?

what is biometric access control

A biometric access control system has the ability to match a person’s biometric features, such as facial features or fingerprints from a digital image or recognised fingerprints against a database of biometric readings. It enables personnel identification, while granting or denying access into a particular area or room of a building. Along with extremely high matching speeds and accuracy, a biometric access control system also guarantees the ultimate level of building security.

Biometric access control provides a fast and highly accurate solution for businesses wanting to identify employees and/or visitors on site. A biometric access control system is the perfect option for businesses, ensuring complete control over who has access to your site. This article explains the main benefits it can have for businesses and building security along with other key features.

How biometric access control works

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A biometric access control system can be either a camera-based system, should you use facial recognition access control, or a fingerprint reader can be mounted on a wall at the entrance to a building or an internal room.

A facial recognition access control system works using the latest algorithm technology to identify a person’s specific facial features, including the distance between the eyes or the shape of the chin. Algorithms are then converted into a mathematical representation and compared to the data stored on the database.

Fingerprint readers work in a very similar way. A database of fingerprints can be stored and matched when a person places their finger on the reader, and has the ability to grant or deny them access in the building or room depending on the reading outcome.

All of our biometric access control systems have the ability to work day or night and in any weather condition, including rain and lightning. Not only this, but our systems ensure that you will never be a victim of fraud, with the ability to differentiate between a photograph and a real face.

Finding the perfect fit

The first time Shoe Zone installed Tensor’s time, attendance and access control systems were back in 2005. A staple of the highstreets for over 100 years, Shoe Zone has over 400 stores in different towns and cities throughout the UK. Their head office, situated in Leicester, employs 300 people and is looked after by property manager, Steven Chater. Our reporter recently caught up with Steven to share his experiences with the Tensor systems.

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Benefits of a biometric access control system

There are endless benefits that come with a Tensor biometric access control system. These benefits include the ultimate level of access control security for your business, our unrivalled access control software as well as facial recognition access control being completely contactless.

Providing the highest level of access control security

These systems ensure that your building has the maximum level of security. Biometric access control absolutely guarantees that no unauthorised personnel are able to enter or exit your building, leaving you with the peace of mind that your business is a safe and secure place to work.

All of our biometric access control systems eliminate employees clocking each other in and out of shifts, while also ensuring that only authorised people are on-site. Employees using smart card access control systems also have the tendency to lose cards and fobs, meaning new ones have to be produced as replacements.

Built-in dual-frequency, multi-smartcard reader

Featuring dual-frequency RFID card technology, Tensor’s biometric readers feature both LF (125kHz) and HF (13.56MHz) RFID including all RFID card standards that HID multiCLASS readers support. On top of fingerprint credentials, they also support most types of RFID card standards with a single device including MIFARE, HID iCLASS, DESFire, FeliCa, HID Prox, EM and NFC.

Easy-to-use access control software

Tensor’s biometric access control system is fully supported by our WinAC.NET access control software suite.

WinAC.NET is a powerful and secure access control software suite that is integral to the way in which our biometric access control system operates. It provides quick and easy access to information on your computer or mobile phone and has the ability to control a single door and identification point, through to a fully computerised networked system.

With WinAC.NET and Tensor’s biometric access control system, you can control most standard types of internal and external electronic, magnetic door releases and devices, making full use of all access controlled points, whether in full view or hidden out of sight.

Our access control software ensures that your business will have a simple-to-use, incredibly secure way of controlling access to areas or buildings, as well as monitoring who is present 24 hours a day.

“For access control, it ticks all the boxes: setting the levels, mandating how and when people can come into the building, it solved all our issues. Tensor did that, and continues to do that for us.”

— Steven Chater, Property Manager, Shoe Zone

Download our biometric access control brochure

For more information on Tensor’s biometric access control system, please do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of our sales team today if you would like to see a live demo or if you are interested in getting a quote for your business.

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