Adding biometric security to access and proximity cards
If you are considering, or have, an access (or prox) card system for securing buildings or facilities, you can easily and cost-effectively add the increased security of biometrics with the Privaris plusID personal mobile device.
Adding the heightened security of biometrics doesn't have to mean ripping and replacing your current infrastructure. The plusID fingerprint-based, mobile, security device works in the exact same manner as a proximity card and requires no changes to your existing physical security system. Simply issue the plusID device in lieu of a proximity card or a contactless smart card.
When an individual approaches an access point, they verify their identity using the built-in fingerprint sensor on their device. Only upon a successful authentication will the device transmit its identity to a door reader. Unlike access cards, if a plusID device is lost or stolen, it is useless in anyone else's hands.
The plusID works with existing 125 kHz proximity based reader systems from HID, Kantech and Indala, and 13.56 MHz contactless smart card systems, which represents approximately 90% of the installed card reader base.
Because it interfaces with existing reader systems, plusID can be phased in incrementally, allowing for a mixed population of plusID biometric fobs and non-biometric devices.
One plusID device can hold up to four proximity cards and four contactless smart cards (of varying formats and for multiple facilities) for a single individual, and authenticate its owner prior to reaching access points to prevent congestion at entrance ways.
The same plusID biometric fob can also be used to add biometric security to computer and network access, for added security and savings.
Photo courtesy of HID Global, leading provider of access cards and security control systems
What is a proximity card?
Proximity cards (usually called "prox" or access cards) are used to prevent unauthorized individuals from obtaining physical access to protected facilities. Proximity access cards are approximately the size and thickness of a credit card. Each card has a unique identity number that is associated with its user and stored in a centralized database. When a card is presented within the field of a 125 kHz frequency door reader, the card will continuously emit its unique identity which is then compared against the database of programmed card numbers to determine if access should be granted.