Access Control and Biometrics

Access Control and Biometrics

Access control is a system which enables you to control access to areas and resources in a given area using swipe cards, pin codes or other digital devices. Biometric access control systems will utilise some form of scanning to recognise a user via human characteristics such as a fingerprint or iris scan etc to verify access rights.

Access control

We use some form of access control each day or at least more regularly that most people think. The vast majority of larger buildings have access control systems in place. These range from swipe cards at hotels, resorts and city offices through to businesses that need to know who is on-site and to control their access to different areas.

Primary reasons for access control

  • To control who has access to which areas
  • To have a record of which people have accessed certain areas and when

The benefits of access control are:

  • To have a significant improvement in security for both assets and people
  • To be easily able to identify who has accessed certain areas


Biometrics is the science and technology of measuring and analyzing biological data. This means basically that biometrics senses and then quantifies human characteristics into a mathematical formula thus allowing accurate comparisons.

Biometrics is now becoming more commonly used. Some of the most popular small scale uses include:

  • Laptops utilise fingerprint scanners to log in
  • Entrance fingerprint scanners for homes, small businesses and large scale projects
  • Time clocks for small to large businesses

In information technology, biometrics refers to technologies that measure and analyze human body characteristics, such as DNA, fingerprints, eye retinas and irises, voice patterns, facial patterns and hand measurements, for authentication purposes.

So if you are thinking of access control then please give us a call and we will help you through the process.