Benefits of Biometric Data Capture

| 5th October 2017

Learn why biometric data capture technology makes sense in the workplace and how to best harness it with the Synel Americas Advantage.

  • What is the definition of biometrics? 
    The collection of distinctive, measurable characteristics with the intent to distinguish, verify, or authenticate individuals.
  • What are the most common biology-based metrics (biometrics) used in the workplace?
    The most commonly collected biometric data are fingerprints, hand geometry, face, eye/iris/retina and voice.
  • What are the key benefits to using biometric data capture in place of traditional devices for attendance tracking or access control?
    While traditional passwords and personal identification numbers (PINs) can be easily forgotten or shared, biometric data cannot be shared, reproduced or forgotten. This ensures time is saved from reissuing passwords, security is added by removing buddy-punching and duping. Plus, biometric data removes the need for traditional badges and cards, saving the employer money over time.
  • What is the best biometric data collection method for attendance?
    The solution depends upon the system, users, experience, workplace, and other factors. There is no one modality suited for all cases. We’ll walk you through important, easy-to-miss factors to determine the best fit.
  • How is the personal identifying information collected?
    Depending upon the device and program, typically sensors gather the necessary data points from the user in order to create a template. The template is then used to match users for authentication or verification.
  • What is the difference between recognition, verification, and identification?
    Recognition is a generic term that does not imply verification or identification, but rather infers the technology can recall or recognize previous enrollees. Verification is in itself a process of comparison by which the technology verifies a user by comparing the “attempt” with existing stored templates for that user. Identification technology requires the device to determine the identity of the user by comparing the collected data with all existing data.
  • How do I address privacy concerns with employees regarding the collection of their biometric data?
    Employees can rest assured that Syn el Americas biometric data capture devices do not store and use a full image of their fingerprint unlike AFIS devices, and the digital representation that is stored for verification purposes in Syn el Americas devices is virtually impossible to replicate, deceive or use with AFIS. Plus, read this blog for more on employee privacy with biometrics.
  • What biometric data capture modalities and devices does Synel Americas offer?
    We offer a wide variety of fingerprint units, including the popular SYnergy/A plastic model, the SYnergy/M durable metal model, and several in our 700 series. In addition, we carry a variety devices from Allegion’s Hand Punch line which utilize hand geometry. Finally, we manufacture a variety of facial recognition devices for both attendance and access control in the SYFace line.

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