How Biometric Access Control Systems can Protect your Business

June 27, 2023
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Biometric access control systems are among the most secure solutions available today for keeping one’s business safe. Older technologies such as traditional locks and keys have been rendered obsolete by biometrics and other emerging digital technology solutions. This is primarily because they have several disadvantages that modern access control systems don’t have. For example, with modern technology, businesses can keep track of access inventory to stores and secure locations. In this post, we will discuss what biometric access control systems are and their benefits. We will then conclude with a section itemizing some of their disadvantages, so you have a comprehensive view of them.

Simply explained, biometric access control systems use biometric data to verify identity and grant or deny access to business resources. While biometrics is mostly used in multiple applications, today, we will discuss their use in business access control. Examples of biometric access methods include the use of fingerprint scans, retinal scans, voice authentication, facial recognition, etc.

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Also, did you know that our company, Access Security Solutions LLC, provides custom security solution services to businesses and homeowners? If you would like to install and manage biometric access control systems for your business or home, contact us online, by email at or by phone at +1 510 356 0083.

On that note, let’s take a quick look at what these biometric security solutions are.

What is a Biometric Access Control System?

Biometric access control systems are used to control and manage access to secure areas. They are mostly used in places such as government offices, business premises, and other industrial and high security facilities. Today, due to reduced cost, biometric access solutions are readily available for use in offices and even homes.

Biometric access control offers increased security for businesses, as it is much harder to circumvent. In addition, biometric access control systems can be used to detect potential internal threats, allowing one to monitor employee activity and traffic to certain areas.

Benefits of Biometric Access Control

Biometric access control systems are becoming increasingly popular, especially in business security. Here are some of the benefits this security solution could provide to your business:

  1. Unlike traditional security solutions like passwords or security cards, biometric access control systems use personal characteristics such as fingerprints, iris scans, and facial recognition. This means that unlike passwords and security cards that may be stolen, biometric solutions are non-transferable and difficult to hack.
  2. Allows users to easily verify their identity with a simple scan. In some cases, for even extra security, biometric solutions may be used in combination with passwords and security cards.
  3. Unlike traditional access solutions like keys, businesses can use it to monitor access and frequency of use of business resources. This allows businesses to keep better track of who and how their resources are used and allow only authorized use.
  4. By utilizing biometric technology, businesses can ensure that their systems and facilities remain secure and that only authorized personnel are granted access.
  5. Biometric solutions once installed are efficient and extremely easy to use. As an added advantage, businesses can also easily grant or deny needed access to staff from a central control platform.

With that said, in the next section, we will take a brief look at some of the disadvantages of biometric security solutions.

Disadvantages of Biometric Access Control Systems

In recent years, biometric access control systems have become increasingly popular with businesses for providing security and access control. While it is truly an effective solution, it does come with a few disadvantages. Here are some of them:   

  1. Depending on the type of system, biometric access control systems can still be rather expensive. This generally includes the cost for purchase of hardware, installation fees and maintenance costs. However, these costs are usually one-time fees, as opposed to recurring monthly or annual fees.    
  2. While biometric technology is extremely accurate, there is a potential for unexpected errors. In such a case, if the system fails to identify a user, that person will be denied access until the issue is resolved.
  3. There is always a risk that biometric data may be misused by the business. In other cases, hackers may be able to gain access to personal biometric information if they successfully hack the system.
  4. Another disadvantage of biometric access control systems is the possibility of false positives. While this is extremely rare, it is possible for an unauthorized person to gain access to company resources, leading to security breaches. An excellent way to keep track of this is to include CCTV camera coverage of access points to verify the identity of users.
  5. Lastly, biometric security solutions require maintenance by trained internal or third-party companies regularly. This would also include system updates to prevent security breaches and identify suspicious activity.

As one may have noticed, a comparison of advantages to disadvantages of biometric access control systems shows that they are more advantageous. Additionally, most of their disadvantages can be prevented by proper maintenance. Such maintenance may be provided by our company, Access Security Solutions LLC.

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