With a steep rise in hacking and phishing, organizations have become even more sensitive about their security control systems. Routine access control devices such as passwords can be easily forgotten or hacked into while access cards can be stolen. Unlike a password or a token, a biometric device such as a fingerprint scanner, iris recognition system or facial recognition system is linked to an individual’s identity and hence cannot be stolen, forgotten, lost or forged.
Biometric devices are of paramount importance in the security systems of government organizations, financial institutions and banks. In fact, these devices have become so popular that you would not be surprised to spot them in your office, university or gym. Scheduled for its field trials, a new application for iPhones called mobileOne will allow the FBI to scan fingerprints of suspects and match them against a national database of wanted criminals!
Of all the non-intrusive devices, fingerprint scanners are the most widely used access control systems. Crossmatch Verifier has single and dual finger scanners, which are available with a USB or analog connection.
How does a fingerprint scanner work?
A fingerprint is made up of a pattern of ridges and furrows. This pattern is unique to each individual. A fingerprint scanner essentially identifies the person based on the recognition of these unique patterns.
The scanner comprises a sensor which will scan a fingerprint and store it in the database, where it is usually matched with a reference number or name. The software then compares and matches the fingerprint to the one in the database, thus allowing or denying access.
The Crossmatch Verifier 300, a single finger scanner, weighs less than a pound, captures high-resolution images and can endure temperatures between 18oC to 40oC, making it ideal for security systems at national borders and airports. It is also compatible with Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 operating systems.
Crossmatch Verifier’s fingerprint scanners are known for their durability, low maintenance and high image quality. Its dual fingerprint scanners are Verifier 320 and Verifier 310. With more and more organizations moving towards a biometric security control system, these scanners are certainly the key to a more secure future.