Fingerprint scanners were once an image seen in movies of the future, right next to flying cars and robot waiters, but it turns out fingerprint technology has evolved much faster than our cars or food service industries! Fingerprint scanners are no longer a futuristic image, but a daily reality for most smartphone users. In addition to using the technology, known as biometrics, to log into your phone, you could be using it to clock in at work before you know it.
What are Biometrics?
Biometrics rely on unique physical characteristics to identify individuals. Most commonly this technology is used to allow employees access to specific areas and/or get them clocked in and out. These unique physical characteristics can include handprints, fingerprints, retinal scans, voice scans, and more. Fingerprints are the most commonly used method of biometrics today.
How are Biometrics Beneficial?
Biometrics allow employers to know that their security and reporting isn’t being tampered with. If an employee isn’t actually present, they can’t be falsely clocked in or out. They also offer a secure record of which employees accessed specific, sensitive content or locations. In many cases a biometric scan is quicker than an employee entering a passcode, meaning you get to save time as well!
Are There Any Risks?
Physically, biometrics pose no risk to you or your employees. The systems used are completely safe, noninvasive, and reliable.
Do Biometrics Ever Fail?
Just like any technology, there’s always the possibility of biometrics not working when you need it to. This is a rare occurrence that can typically be blamed on human error of some kind. Most commonly, trying to perform a biometric scan with a dirty or wet fingerprint can cause a false reading.
Are There Any Other Concerns?
The biggest concern voiced by those looking into biometric readers is the cost. The cutting-edge technology has a high price tag upon initial purchase and installation. The good news, however, is that after the initial cost the biometric reader will actually begin saving you money with accurate time punch reporting. The readers rarely need maintenance or service that would come at an additional cost.
Are Fingerprints Stored?
Some employees may be concerned about their personal information being stored, but you can put their mind at ease. The technology in biometric readers does not store the fingerprint information in a way that can be reused or duplicated.
Artery Lock: Answering your Bio-Metric Reader Questions
No matter how big or small your company is, investing in biometric readers could be the next step towards improving your security and reporting systems. Getting employees processed into and trained on the biometric reader system is a quick and easy process. If you have questions regarding Artery Lock’s services or capabilities, give us a call today!