Biometric Access Control Systems

In earlier days, password systems were introduced mainly for security. Over time, hackers found ways to break the password security systems. Subsequently, identity cards were developed. In some companies this system is still being used. However, security issues arise when restricted locations or confidential resources require careful control. Identity card readers cannot fulfill this need. Thus more secure security systems are needed. Market demand has moved toward biometric access control systems based on physical and behavioral characteristics. Physical traits appertain to the shape of one’s body; fingerprints; palm print; and face recognition (face recognition includes the distance between the two eyes, the distance between the nose and ear, the size of the nose, any facial blot or blemish etc.). The latest technology uses eye retina scanners.
Behavioral traits include typing rhythm which requires the person to type some words, thereby identifying the person based on his/her typing rhythm. Another behavioral trait is voice. There are many systems that utilize physical and behavioral traits.

How Biometric Access Control Systems Operate

The biometric access control system works on verification. A single system can consider more than one trait, which means that the system verifies all physical criteria. The biometric access control system identifies the person who wants to access secure resources then matches this with data stored in a database.  On the basis of this data, the system verifies who the person is. If this data is not verified, the person is allowed access to the secure premises or resources. Biometric systems can also identify a particular person in a group of people, verifying data in the same way as above. When a match occurs, the system alerts the administrator.

Great Investment

This system is a great investment. It only requires a once-off payment and no maintenance is necessary – no hidden costs! This system requires the end-user creates a database by first entering the data of authorized persons. This data must match that on the database to allow authorised persons access to the secure resource(s). The security level of biometric access control systems is very high compared to systems based on password or identity cards. Biometric systems would require duplicating biometric traits to hack, which is very hard, in-fact nearly impossible. Therefore this type of system provides the highest level of security.

These days biometric access control systems are popular worldwide. Even biometric passports have become a trend. Biometric access control systems are very fast and great to use in areas that are always filled with people.

Installing Access Control Systems

To install a hardwired access control security system, you will need a professional technician.

We recommend the following installation strategy :

Before you begin installation of your wireless security access control system, you will need to ascertain where to place the control panel and window and door sensors.

Install the Control Panel

The first item that you will install is the control panel. The control panel should be easily accessible, (we suggest that it be installed close to the front door, and within easy range of an outlet and a phone jack).
This installation only requires that you drill holes into the wall and screw the control panel into place (use anchors if you’re not screwing into a stud). For greater security, you can run the power cord inside the wall. Failing that, it is best to keep the control panel out of view. If an agency will be monitoring your access system, run a line from the phone jack to the control panel.

Install the Sensors

The next step is to install sensors. We recommend that sensors be placed on all easily accessible windows and doors. Thus, if someone attempts to open the windows or doors while the alarm is on, the alarm will ring. To install the sensors, drill into the frames of the doors and windows. One part of the sensor will go onto the frame, and the other on the window or door. Ensure that the two parts line up properly. Breaching the contact point between the two parts of the sensor will set off the alarm. In some instances you might need to use an adhesive patch to hold the sensors in place.

Set up the Access Control System

With the hardware in place you’re ready to set up the wireless security access control system. (Full instructions are in the user manual.) First you’ll need to verify that the control panel and all the sensors are communicating. If not, you might need to alter the frequency of the sensors. Then set your own security code for the control panel – *never use a default code*. This code should be easy to remember but not obvious. Key in your unique code and set it as outlined in the user manual. Turn the system on.
To test the system, leave the house and close the door. Then go back into the house. The alarm will sound in about 30 seconds. You can then switch the alarm off.

Change in the Security Industry

Change in the security industry is inevitable:
Times and seasons change, so does technology. Each day presents something new in the field of technology: so it is critical for companies, organizations and government to keep up to date with security developments.

The security industry, in particular, feels the impact of changing needs throughout the world. Persons in the security industry, including government institutions that deal with security, are compelled to keep up with this constant change in technology.

A time is coming where physical characteristics of employees (eyes, faces, behaviour aspects, signature or voice recognition) will be used to permit access to certain areas. In fact, some manufacturers of biometric readers, for example Anviz, are offering such devices – that is why Itatec has agreed to a core partnership with Anviz to distribute and support Anviz’s exciting wide range of products. We believe that the success of each Anviz product in the market is based on unique features that distinguish it from like products.

The current wave of change taking place in the security/biometric industry is inevitable because of more specific requirements for unbridgeable security systems. Researchers have highlighted the necessity to use physical characteristics to secure data and control access to buildings.
The directors of many companies are realizing the importance of time-and-attendance to their companies. There is, therefore, a demand for biometric devices which can perform the dual functions of employee recognition and time-and-attendance. Anviz T50, T60, VF30, OA1000 or AO1000 Mercury, combine this 2–in-1 function and are easy-to-use and to install. Because companies have differing access control and time-and-attendance needs, devices that manage access control or time-and-attendance are the Anviz D100, D200, EP300 and A300. In all, these devices save money, time and electricity.

The fact is that the South African security industry has been using fingerprint and card readers for many years. And Itatec has been able to meet the needs of many organizations. But we cannot shy away from upgrading current systems. It is important for companies to keep up-to-date with changes in biometric technology.

Access Control and Time-Attendance Systems

Time-and-Attendance systems are a low-cost, customizable time-tracking solution. *Anviz* hardware features keypad, LCD display and your selection of proximity, or biometric options. Hardware also includes features for optional access control at a door or gate.

Some readers may also be used in dual reader applications. Dual card-readers permit the use of separate card-reader devices for ENTRY and EXIT.


Time-and-Attendance readers feature a card-reader option.

The readers can also utilize an Ethernet TCP/IP interface for communication with a host computer. Using your Windows software or other application software, the host computer can perform actions such as adding employees; configuring terminals; monitoring card access; viewing hours; and more. Optional access control is available for controlling access to doors and/or gates. The system is customizable to suit your needs. The low-cost *ANVIZ* terminal may be purchased directly from the supplier – *Itatec*.

The terminal …

  •  is compatible with dual-reader applications and comes with optional door or gate access control
  • is completely customizable
  • has an on-board, battery-backed employee database
  • offers CSV output files which are compatible with database and spreadsheet applications

There is also a biometric fingerprint reader option, proffering:

  •  selectable access modes – either card-and-fingerprint fingerprint only or card-only
  •  communications options
  •  firmware upgrade capability

Most of these systems, at a fraction of the cost, offer features found in more sophisticated end products. This low initial outlay is made possible because terminal units are purchased directly from the core-partner and South African distributor. So you will be purchasing the best at a very reasonable price. This is a huge advantage!.