Biometrics’ assault on inefficiency continues as Crossmatch has announced the implementation of its fingerprint-scanning technology into First Bank branches. The community bank serving Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina has implemented Crossmatch’s U.are.U 4500 fingerprint scanners and its DigitalPersona Pre Enterprise software system to move employees away from its cumbersome old password system.
This follows recent news about another American community bank adopting biometric technology, and while in that case the bank adopting the technology, Valley Bank of Kalispell, Montana, touted the move primarily as an enhancement of customer security, First Bank also sees it as an efficiency, saving employees’ time and cutting down administrative costs.
Speaking in a press release, First Bank VP and IT business analyst Kevin DiLoreto said, “Implementing biometrics has increased our security and enhanced our productivity. It now only takes on average 15 seconds to change a password versus the potential of 15+ minutes. That’s a pretty powerful improvement.”
Private businesses seem increasingly interested in the efficiencies provided by biometric technology. While its benefits to the banking sector, where customer and employee authentication are an obvious priority, it’s also being implemented in areas such as community recreation facilities and even nursing homes to cut administrative costs in employee tracking. Systems like Crossmatch’s are positioned to find a growing market in these and other applications going forward.
December 3, 2014 – by Alex Perala