Fingerprint scanners have revolutionized our very notion of security, more so as a measure of access control. Fingerprint being a unique feature of human beings has always been the most preferred biometric worldwide. has been established that even fingerprints from the same hand fail to give a 100% match. This has resulted into the growing demand and popularity of use of fingerprint readers and scanners as biometric access control devices.
A fingerprint reader uses scientific algorithms to scan as well as match fingerprints with existing samples stored in its database. The success of these biometric devices has led to their application in various walks of our lives. From intelligence bureaus and high security areas fingerprint scanners have now entered our daily lives.
For example, biometric access control is being utilized in many areas nowadays including even gyms and fitness training centers. In such places fingerprint scanners are slowly replacing the pen and paper membership which has always been a cumbersome process. So even if one loses a gym membership card, one need not worry as all it takes is a finger to get entry. The fingerprint door lock proves beneficial for the gyms as it becomes a very cost effective procedure with the added advantage of being environment friendly. Besides these the reason why the fitness centers are readily embracing it is because it gives them the maximum security.
These clubs sometimes do not even store the fingerprint impressions. Apparently to cut out the risk of fingerprints being hacked, the fingerprint reader instead of matching with prior stored information simply gauges the distance between the certain ridges of a fingerprint. After this, the information is soon converted into a binary code that has been encrypted previously.
These gyms and fitness centers say that the change is necessary as it not only makes things convenient for their clients but also decreases the need for paper and plastic wastes.
When members want to have access to these centers, they are just required to place their finger on an electronic fingerprint reader after which they enter a 10-digit number. The number is unique for a particular member and the scan and the number together guarantee access. To make things far easier, only three scans each of the right and left index fingers are required. Both the fingers are scanned in order to avoid any kind of inconvenience caused in case of any injury inflicted to one hand. And this entire enrollment process takes only about a minute to complete. By this process it does not take a lot of the client’s time in these days of fast-paced world and also ensures that the fitness centers totally eradicate any slight possibility of fraudulent entries.In this way, fingerprint scanners are being successfully used as biometric access controlsystems in fitness centers.