Primer: What We Talk About When We Talk About Biometric Physical Access Control

ISC West 2014, which is underway in Las Vegas and will be running through Friday, is playing host to a large number of biometrics vendors and professionals involved in physical access control.

Now is naturally a great time to explore the exciting and versatile world of biometric physical access control. That is why findBIOMETRICS has deemed April 2014 Physical Access Control Month.  The term itself encompasses a very wide range of ideas related to identity and security, so it is easy to overlook certain aspects of it.

To kick off Physical Access Control Month here is a list of the bigger ideas in biometric physical access control. Check out the related links to get you started or refreshed on this fascinating and complex topic.

The Many Modes Of Access Control

One of the reasons that this topic is so far reaching is because biometrics are so well suited to the task of securing critical and limited access areas. Iris, fingerprint, face, palm vein, alone or in combination with each other, have particular strengths when it comes to the needs of a particular deployment. The following articles should give you an idea of just how many situations we are talking about and how each particular modality is suited to the task.

The Many Modes of Biometric Physical Access Control

Iris ID Announces Integration with DAQ Electronics and SekureID

Fujitsu Palm-Vein Solution Provides Physical Access Control at UC Irvine

License to Lounge: MorphoTrak Face Recognition Guards High End Houston Social Club

Ingresoll Rand Technologies To Launch Smartphone-as-Credential Technology

Biometric Border Control

A major subset of biometric physical access control is border management, and for many civilians it will be the most familiar. Land border crossings, airports and seaports are all a major focus in biometrics right now, as access to and from nations is becoming automated in the name of both convenience and security. The following articles will help catch you up on the current conversations in border control: what it is, why it’s growing and where improvement is needed.

Airports to Deploy 18,000 ABC eGates and Kiosks by 2018, Spending $2.2 Billion Globally

Border Control: USA Still Waiting on Biometric Exit Says IBIA

How Will Mobility Change The Automated Border Control Kiosks and eGate Market?

Vision-Box Forwards A Fully Biometric Airport Experience

The Big Obstacles of Biometric Security Adoption

In biometric security deployments very few topics come up as much as the major adoption obstacles. These are cost, education, ease of deployment and end-user friction. The articles under this heading each describe these obstacles in the context of a vendor addressing the problem.

EnterTech Systems Attacks The Biometric Adoption Barrier of Cost With New Suprema Reader

Zwipe Biometric Access Cards To Be Provided by Farpointe Data to OEMs

The Philosophy Of Biometric Security

Biometric solutions improve security through strong authentication while increasing convenience by doing away with passwords, PINs and the like. Nothing better illustrates this philosophy than hearing it from the mouths of the people behind these important technologies. We finish with a few interviews that deal with physical access solutions and real life deployments, as well as the big picture of the industry.

Interview With Kim Kristian Humborstad, CEO, Zwipe AS

Interview With Teresa Wu, Managing Global Biometric System Portfolio Marketing Director for 3M Cogent, Inc.

Interview with Mohammed Murad, Vice President of Sales, Iris ID Systems Inc.

Interview with James Hammond, Associate Vice President for Information Technology Winthrop University

In the end, the kind of physical access control comes down to the same thing that biometric solutions always do: improving security through strong authentication while increasing convenience by doing away with passwords, PINs and the like.

For more on physical access control and to join the conversation, stay posted to findBIOMETRICS as we go through April and take a closer look at all of the ins and outs of physical access control, and be sure to follow us on Twitter.

April 2, 2014 – by Peter B. Counter