23 Aug How Suitable Are Biometrics For Port Environments?
The growth of biometric access control in a plethora of commercial sectors offers global ports an opportunity to adopt a proven technology, but how suitable is it for port environments?
Here at ievo Ltd, we are developing a global reputation for the design and manufacture of fingerprint readers using unique multispectral imaging (MSI) technology to scan and capture data. Our fingerprint readers can work through levels of moisture and dirt present on the skin, ideal for salt air environments, to read data points below and providing fast and accurate information for enhanced identity verification.
Port Strategy‘s Martin Rushmere, talked to Stephen Thompson, Export Sales Manager for ievo, about biometric access in his research into the different technologies being used in port security and how they are adapting.
“Biometric technology can be highly reliable while more traditional access control measures, ID cards, fobs, PIN numbers can all be shared, lost, stolen or forgotten, each incident leading to potential breaches in a secured facility or incurring a repeated cost to replace/reprint such credentials.
“Biometric credentials remove these liabilities,” says Mr Thompson. “The data refers to just one person which cannot be lost or forgotten, meaning it is more convenient for the user. Most biometric systems also integrate into wider security systems, to provide accurate time records which can be used for time and attendance systems, improving both security and health and safety measures of a site or facility.”
Generally, a combination of different methods usually proves the most effective and for ports, the most important aspect will be reliability and the ability to confidently use a system that can work in such environments without hampering or slowing down an employee’s access.”
You can read the full report here.