Using fingerprint authentication for physical and logical access control
"Fingerprint authentication" describes the process of obtaining a digital representation of a fingerprint and comparing it to a stored digital version of a fingerprint.
Electronic fingerprint scanners capture digital "pictures" of fingerprints, either based on light reflections of the finger's ridges and valleys, ultrasonics, or the electrical properties of the finger's ridges and valleys. These pictures are then processed into digital templates that contain the unique extracted features of a finger.
These digital fingerprint templates can be stored in databases and used in place of traditional passwords for secure access. Instead of typing a password, users place a finger on an electronic scanner. The scanner, or reader, compares the live fingerprint to the fingerprint template stored in a database to determine the identity and validity of the person requesting access.
The plusID security device from Privaris is a personal, mobile biometric fob, which uses fingerprint biometrics to secure access to buildings/ facilities (physical access) and computers and networks (logical access). plusID has a self-contained fingerprint scanner and secure processor to verify its owner's identity using fingerprint authentication.
The device protects personal privacy and enhances user confidence by performing all biometric processing on the device and eliminating the need for a database of biometrics. Fingerprints are not - and can never be - released or transmitted from the device.
Additionally, plusID is a cost-effective biometric solution that can be added to existing security environments without any changes to legacy systems, allowing for upgraded security with minimal cost and disruption.
Privaris' plusID personal biometric security device is a logical solution to today's increased security needs.