Physical Access Control Biometrics

Physical Access Control, biometrics, biometric companies

Physical access control biometrics includes everything that requires identity authentication by scanning a person’s unique physical characteristics. It is used where high security is a necessity due to its superiority compared with conventional access control methods. Hospitals, police, the military as well as the financial industry all use physical access biometrics for the purpose of greater security and efficiency.

The most common physical access control biometrics applications are in access control devices for doors and computers with highly confidential and important information or high level network access. They often use fingerprint recognition or biometric 2D barcode ID cards to authenticate the user’s identity. Iris, face and vein recognition are also used in access control applications.

Physical access control biometric devices and software store digital information that has been gathered from scanning the user’s physical characteristic. To access the information or area protected by a biometric device, the laser sensors must recognize the unique pattern of the user’s physical characteristic and match it with its stored digital template. Biometric devices use an algorithm to match templates and authenticate the user’s identity therefore false acceptance and rejection rates are remarkably low.

The most remarkable thing about physical access control as opposed to conventional security solutions is its ability to capture complex and detailed images of physical traits, encode this in files and compare sets of data within seconds. This advanced technology has become a serious option for the average homeowner and is essential in office buildings, hospitals and military bases. It requires advanced software and middleware to successfully maintain a biometric security network for physical access but the security provided is unmatched.

In south east Asia, especially Japan and South Korea, common applications include ATM access and other financial industry uses. Everything from accessing an ATM to withdraw money to the safes in bank vaults require biometric identity authentication to gain access. Physical access biometric applications are increasing and becoming more common in day to day life.

Biometric identity authentication provides much greater financial security and safety from identity thieves and hackers. Passwords and PIN numbers can be stolen or discovered and subsequently exploited by criminals over the internet as well as banking and commerce networks. Physical access control with biometrics effectively eliminates the risk that exists with online passwords and PIN numbers as physiological characteristics are nearly impossible to forge.

Secure networks reinforced by biometric physical access control reduce the risk of human error as well as the risk of data loss. Both businesses and government institutions can run more efficiently, safely, securely and profitably by securing their assets and valuable private information. Physical access biometric devices and software also provide the identity management infrastructure to maintain many identity authentication codes and integrate into the system new ones while discarding the templates for old ones and to differentiate a specific image from potentially millions of others.

Switching from conventional security measures to biometric physical access control eliminates the need for multiple passwords and different processes and integrates all access allowance into one touch of the finger, or scan of the eye, or swipe of a 2D barcode card. Therefore physical access biometric applications not only enhance security but also efficiency in the workplace.

There are many biometric physical access security solutions for many different needs. Whatever the size of your security needs, there are many leading companies which have developed biometric solutions designed for many different levels of security needs, whether just one office computer or a large military bunker requiring biometric identity authentication for every door and every computer.

These companies offer affordable and realistic physical access control biometrics solutions for whatever you security needs:



SRI Sarnoff is an industry-leader in indoor/outdoor iris enrollment and recognition at a distance and on the move since 1995. SRI’s Iris on the Move® family of products perform fast, accurate identity authentication in all lighting conditions. These systems deliver unprecedented security without compromising throughput or ease of use. Products & Services: Iris Scanners & Recognition, Biometrics Security, Border Control/Airports, Healthcare, Mobile Biometrics, Physical Access Control, Time and Attendance


SecuGen is a world-leading designer and developer of high quality, accurate, rugged, and affordable optical fingerprint recognition technology. We offer FBI- and STQC-certified fingerprint sensors, including the Hamster™ line of fingerprint readers, as well as MINEX-compliant biometric algorithms and developer kits for a wide range of applications. Products and Services: Border/Airport Control, Financial & Transactional, Logical Access, Physical Access, Mobile, Fingerprint Readers.


Iris ID has been the key developer and driver of the commercialization of iris recognition technology since 1997. IrisAccess, now in a 4th generation, is the world’s leading deployed iris recognition platform. Found on 6 continents, in thousands of locations, authenticating the identities of millions and millions of persons, more people in more places authenticate with IrisAccess than with all other iris recognition products combined. Products & Services: Iris Scanners & Recognition, Physical Access Control, Time and Attendance, Border Control/Airports, Financial and Transactional


MorphoTrak, recently named Biometrics Company of the Year by Frost & Sullivan, provides biometric and identity management solutions to a broad array of markets in the U.S. including law enforcement, border control, driver licenses, civil identification, and facility/IT security. L-1 has been acquired by Morpho, and is now part of Morpho, Safran’s security division. Reporting to Morpho, MorphoTrak is part of the world’s largest biometric company and leading innovator in large fingerprint identification systems, facial and iris recognition, as well as secure credentials. For more information, visit   Products & services: Biometric Sensors and Detectors, Facial Recognition, Fingerprint Readers, Iris Scanners & Recognition, Smart Cards, Border Control / Airports, Consumer / Residential Biometrics, Justice / Law Enforcement, Logical Access Control, Mobile Biometrics, Other Uses of Biometrics, Physical Access Control, Time and Attendance, Hand Readers & Finger Scanners, Middleware/Software, Vein Recognition.

Leicestershire Police Try Biometric Face Recognition For Catching Crooks  

NEC has been at the forefront of defining leading-edge biometric identification solutions for over 40 years. NEC’s identification technologies include finger/palm print, DNA and face recognition solutions. NEC has developed some of the world’s largest and most complex identification infrastructure projects for government and law enforcement. Our mission is to help government and businesses use technology to build a safer environment for life and work. Products & Services: Fingerprint Readers, Mobile Biometrics, Facial Recognition, Justice/Law Enforcement, Financial and Transactional, Border Control/Airports, Healthcare Biometrics, Multi-modal Biometrics, Logical Access Control, Physical Access Control


ENTERTECH SYSTEMS, the exclusive Suprema Agent for USA, Canada and Puerto Rico, is the distribution, operating and support center you can rely on. We are purpose-built to make biometric technologies available for mainstream adoption. Our systems approach to Access Control and Time & Attendance removes three main obstacles to mass market adoption of biometric systems: Cost, Complexity, and On Boarding Users. We have a wide range of products, coupled with one central software platform, the deepest commercial biometric access control expertise and ‘template in the cloud’ capability. This provides integrators with the tools they need to overcome the three main obstacles and compete successfully on projects where ‘true identity traceability’ really matters for customers.

Products & Services: HealthCare Biometrics, Physical Access Control, Time and Attendance, Fingerprint Readers


ZKTeco is a leading global developer and manufacturer of security and time management solutions headquartered in Shenzhen. It is subdivided into 5 business segment/divisions–ZKSoftware, ZKAccess, ZKiVision, ZKBiolock and ZKAFIS. Its products range from Multi-biometric and RFTD identification Time & Attendance solutions to Access Control solutions like IP-based standalone access control, networked access control panel, readers, and tripod turnstile, from IP Cameras and total surveillance solutions to consumer products, such as intelligent biometric lock, RFID hotel lock. ZKAFIS is engaging in providing economic and reliable AFIS solutions. Products and Services: Biometric Sensors and Detectors, Fingerprint Readers, Facial Recognition, Middleware / Software, Consumer / Residential Biometrics, Fingerprint and Biometric Locks, Logical Access Control, Mobile Biometrics , Other Uses of Biometrics, Physical Access Control, Time and Attendance.


Green Bit designs, produces and sales biometric products, based on fingerprint acquisition and recognition. Due to his advanced competences, it can be considered an industry leader in the fields of product innovation, performance and reliability. With the advantages deriving from his unique image processing technologies and the use of smaller and lighter optical-mechanics modules, it is offering a complete line of products and solutions for Government, Police Forces, Institutions, Commercial and International organizations. Products and services: Fingerprint Readers, Consumer / Residential Biometrics, Justice / Law Enforcement, Logical Access Control, Physical Access Control, Time and Attendance.

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IDtech360 is dedicated to offering clients the latest advancements in accountable identity control solutions. Offering a full suite of access and identity management security products based on the latest fingerprint, iris and facial biometric technologies, IDtech360 provides hardware and software systems that offer significantly greater accountability and control beyond the process of verifying and granting access to cards or tokens alone. Our technologies are field proven, multi-modal and meet the challenging needs of both private and public sector clients who look to know the answer to “who” with a higher degree of certainty. IDtech360 is headquartered in Homewood, Alabama and serves clients across the globe. For more information, visit www.idtech360.comProduct & Services: Fingerprint Readers, Iris Scanners, Facial Recognition, Mobile Biometrics, Physical Access.


Lumidigm has developed and deployed a fingerprint sensor that uses multispectral imaging to capture superior images quickly, on all people, in all environmental conditions. The Lumidigm platform also provides award-winning “liveness” protection. With commercial partners, venture funding, and government sponsors, Lumidigm provides identity management for civil identification, point-of-sale, physical and logical access, and portable electronic device applications. Products & services: Biometric Sensors and Detectors, Fingerprint Readers, Border Control / Airports, Consumer / Residential Biometrics, Fingerprint and Biometric Locks, Justice / Law Enforcement, Logical Access Control, Mobile Biometrics, Other Uses of Biometrics, Physical Access Control, Time and Attendance.

3M Cogent Demonstrates MiY Biometric Access Readers  

3M Cogent is a leading provider of Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems, or AFIS, and other fingerprint biometric solutions to governments, corporations, law enforcement agencies and other organizations worldwide. Our solutions enable customers to capture fingerprint images electronically, encode fingerprints into searchable files and accurately compare a set of fingerprints to a database containing potentially millions of fingerprints in seconds. Products & services: Fingerprint Readers, Hand Readers & Finger Scanners, Smart Cards, Physical Access Control, Justice / Law Enforcement, Time and Attendance, HealthCare Biometrics, Border Control / Airports, Financial and Transactional, Mobile Biometrics, Consumer / Residential Biometrics, Other Uses of Biometrics.


Founded in 2009, Zwipe is committed to providing a biometric solution that is both highly secure and elegantly simple to use. Zwipe’s flagship product, Zwipe Access, is the first access control card on the market with full a full on-card fingerprint system, changing authentication from something you know to something you are. Products & Services: Fingerprint Readers, Smart Cards, Border Control/Airports, HealthCare Biometrics, Physical Access Control


FaceFirst provides a fully automated, user friendly, turnkey mobile and live-video surveillance facial recognition system which generates automated alerts whenever a face match above a user defined probability is reached. FaceFirst has a completely open and scalable, system architecture. FaceFirst technology excels in low resolution environments enabling real-world performance. Products and services: Facial recognition, Justice & Law Enforcement, Physical Access, Mobile Biometrics and Financial Transactional.


Anviz Global Inc. is a pioneering company in the intelligent-biometric security industry. The U.S.-based company specializes in Biometrics, RFID and Surveillance devices. The company has been providing solutions to a broad range of partners in commercial, industrial, and governmental sectors. In all, Anviz’s network of partners and consumers consists of over 160 million users and spans 100 countries. Products and Services: Logical Access Control, Physical Access Control, Time and Attendance, Facial Recognition, Fingerprint Readers, Iris Scanners & Recognition

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Smartmatic is a multinational company that designs and deploys technological solutions aimed at helping governments to fulfill, in the most efficient way, their commitments toward their citizens. With a wide and proven experience in the United States, Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, Smartmatic is an important cutting-edge technology supplier for Governments. Smartmatic has more than 600 employees worldwide, with offices in the U.S, United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Belgium, Mexico, Barbados, Brazil, Panama, Venezuela, Philippines, India and Taiwan. For more information, please visit Products & Services: Fingerprint Readers, Facial Recognition, Biometrics Consultants, Iris Scanner & Recognition, Voice / Speech Recognition, Border, Justice, Other, Physical Justice / Law Enforcement, Border Control, Physical Access Control, Other


Suprema Inc. is a leading global provider of biometrics technology and identity management solutions. The company’s range of products includes fingerprint modules, biometric access control systems, e-passport readers and live-scanners. Suprema’s solutions are featured by integration of the excellent embedded system design capability and the strong backgrounds in theories and algorithms backed by a number of experts having the rich experience and extensive knowledge in the field of biometric solutions, embedded system design and signal processing. Suprema has worldwide sales network in over 120 countries and also a listed company in stock exchange in South Korea (KOSDAQ). For further information, visit Products & services: Fingerprint Readers, Consumer / Residential Biometrics, Justice / Law Enforcement, Mobile Biometrics

SRI Sarnoff is an industry-leader in indoor/outdoor iris enrollment and recognition at a distance and on the move since 1995. SRI’s Iris on the Move® family of products perform fast, accurate identity authentication in all lighting conditions. These systems deliver unprecedented security without compromising throughput or ease of use. Products & Services: Iris Scanners & Recognition, Biometrics Security, Border Control/Airports, Healthcare, Mobile Biometrics, Physical Access Control, Time and Attendance

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  • Biolink Solutions
  • Biometric Solutions Inc.
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  • Guardware Systems Ltd
  • Herta Security
  • iCognize GmbH
  • IDLink Systems Pte Ltd
  • IDTeck
  • Integrated Biometrics
  • IrisGuard
  • IriTech
  • Kimaldi Electronics
  • Mitrefinch Employee Management Solutions
  • Neokoros Brasil Ltda
  • Neurotechnology
  • Nitgen
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  • Privaris, Inc.
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  • Tensor PLC
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