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The Benefits of Biometrics

October 3, 2021
Biometric data is the up-and-coming technology in high-security situations, but what does it mean, and why is it beneficial for access control? 

Typically, biometric authentication manages access to physical and digital resources, such as buildings, rooms and computing devices. So how does it convert your fingerprint into approved access?

Biometric identification in access control uses biometric data, such as fingerprints, to identify a person and approve access control. Biometric authentication systems compare physical traits such as a fingerprint at a reader to stored, confirmed, authentic data in a database, ether stored on a central panel or on an encrypted template such as a credential. If both samples of the biometric data match, then your authentication is confirmed.

At BQT Solutions, we offer a range of biometric readers aptly called our Bio series. The Bio Series delivers the ultimate security by combining leading-edge fingerprint scanning with secure encryption and an optional keypad to provide a single, dual or three-factor authentication solution for your access control.

Single-factor authentication is where a fingerprint is presented to a reader. The data is converted into an encrypted code and sent off to be matched to an approved list of fingerprints. Perfect for convenience as there is no need for credentials or keypads while still offering a secure access control solution.

Suppose a higher level of security is needed. In that case, two and three-factor authentication is offered by using a keypad for a pin, a fingerprint scanner for biometric security alongside the MIFARE® Classic & DESFire® 13.56MHz readers and smart cards.

What about your biological data? Will anyone have access to it? The short answer is no when utilising BQT’s ‘Template on Card’ solution. The biological data used for access control is Encrypted securely onto the card, fingerprints are stored as an encrypted template file, unable to be duplicated or used anywhere else, and is impossible to convert back into a fingerprint image. The file is used to confirm the identity of the user but is never stored on the reader or any backend database. The data is only stored on the user’s access card, meaning only the user has physical control over the template.

BQT Solutions understands there are many concerns around the privacy and security of a user’s biological data, and it’s of utmost importance to BQT to ensure data is not compromised. Therefore, BQT Solutions ToC solution does not collect any data, only transforming fingerprint templates into secure encrypted data files for the sole purpose of access control with assigned BQT readers.

If you are interested in implementing biometric access control into your buildings, BQT Solutions will work with you to ensure your access devices will work for your needs. From offering a custom solution to ensure products meet your specific needs to working alongside your current access control systems, BQT Solutions has everything you need to secure your premise with biometric access control.

BQT Solutions is a specialist in the development, manufacture and supply of high quality, high security card and biometric readers, electromechanical locks and related electronic security products.
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