Access Control

Adding biometrics to access control systems

While traditional access control systems might prompt a user to provide a proximity card or a smart card to gain access to a protected resource, a biometric security system requires the user to present their fingerprint (or other biometric) to the system, which is then matched against a stored image to verify the user's identity. Biometric access control systems tie a unique physical attribute of a user to the data that they are allowed to access. The most common biometric access systems use fingerprints, but these systems can also use iris and retinal scans, hand geometry, and facial recognition technology. Biometric technology represents a significant security advancement because it physically proves an individual's identity.

The plusID security device from Privaris is a convenient and cost-effective way to add biometrics to installed security systems. The plusID is a personal, biometric, mobile fob that can be used to secure access to offices, computer rooms, and other facilities, as well as digital resources such as computers, networks, VPNs, file encryption, software, and websites.

The plusID is compatible with existing security access systems: 125 kHz proximity card technology, 13.56 MHz contactless smart card technology (ISO 14443A, 14443B, 15693 and NFC), and Bluetooth™, and works seamlessly with up to 90% of installed access control systems: HID®, Indala®, Kantech, CASI and SARGENT®. The device can store up to four proximity cards and four contactless smart cards – of varying formats and for multiple facilities – and still provide computer access.

When connected to a PC, plusID enumerates itself exactly like a Smart Card, allowing for a quick and simple upgrade to biometric authentication. Additionally, plusID supports RSA one-time password technology (OTP) and can be easily incorporated with third-party logical access software via a full-featured software development kit (SDK).