What are the reasons that show why businesses need to embrace biometrics systems?
- Identification, authorization, and accountability
- Automation and integration
In the Philippines, biometrics is one of the newer technologies that has taken over the security systems of many companies. It’s simple yet very efficient when it comes to identification and authorization.
Security systems that make use of biometric technologies are more secure than other systems because it makes use of specific biological traits which are unique for each and every individual. Not only does it hasten identification, but it also makes authorization stricter than simple keycards and padlocks.
With that being said, biometrics is one of the many security systems that are essential for high security to be implemented in any company. In the Philippines, many of the bigger companies already make use of this system—however, small to medium-sized business don’t see it as a necessity.
On the contrary, all businesses—not just the big corporations—should make use of this technology to enhance their workplace security. Businesses are never too small for better security measures. For those of you who are still not sure about how effective biometrics really are, then here are a few reasons why businesses need to embrace biometrics in the Philippines:
Identification, Authorization, and Accountability
Keycards that provide access can easily be lost or stolen. Human error can lead to them being misplaced quite easily—and a lost card is a security breach waiting to happen. Passwords are more secure but are under the mercy of human memory. It can’t be misplaced, but it can be forgotten. Most people tend to write it down on a piece of paper, or in a file in their computer, which makes it quite vulnerable.
These traditional authorization techniques are prone to human error, particularly because of the possibility of losing them in one way or another. Biometrics use facial recognition, iris scans, and fingerprints which are all inherent and unique to different people. This makes the identification process easier and accurately stricter at the same time.
With employee identification as convenient as looking at or pressing a scanner, authorization also becomes easier to give and track. Because of the uniqueness of human biological traits, it is incredibly hard to cheat the system. Authority is meant for only a select few—with biometrics, there is no way for people to enter authorized areas, or get to confidential files without anyone who is authorized.
Another thing worth mentioning is the increased accountability for anything and everything you do. For example, to access an authorized area, you need to be with someone who has high enough authority to enter the area. If anything goes wrong while you’re in that place, then the one who gave you access will be the one that gets in trouble. The same goes for accessing confidential files. The last one who was recorded to have dealt with it will be the most suspicious individuals.
When monitored correctly, a biometrics system will make your employees more responsible. Not just with the access and authority that is given to them but also with their work and productivity.
A seemingly underwhelming, but highly beneficial advantage that biometrics systems give a company is time-saving. Unlike traditional security systems, biometrics systems are very fast. A person can be identified, authorized, and accepted or rejected in seconds. It not only saves time, but it also tracks these access points and whether or not they get accepted.
They are also very convenient because you don’t need to bring anything but yourself to be identified. As mentioned above, keycards can get lost, and passwords can be forgotten, but your biological traits will stay with you forever.
Automation and Integration
Security systems nowadays try to give high-level security options while making it as convenient as possible. That being said, biometrics systems are some of the more advanced security systems that—once set up—will do all the work for you!
Aside from its relatively advanced operating systems, most biometrics systems are also easily integrated with other systems, particularly the attendance monitoring system, or a payroll system. When used together, these systems are perfect for monitoring individual employees and tracking their work, productivity, and payroll.
Biometrics systems also eliminate some problems related to other systems such as time theft and buddy punching. Gone are the days when employees would clock in for their fellow employees. Rather, their physical presence is required in order to clock in their time—which makes it fairer for employees and the employer.
In the Philippines, biometrics is starting to become a mainstay in many companies. Particularly in large corporations, they help in keeping track of employees and distributing access to those with authority. It also helps out in the time-keeping of people, and it eliminates some problems that traditional security systems used to have.
Biometrics systems will soon be considered a requirement for every business thanks to its convenience, effectiveness, and reliability. It’s only a matter of time before it truly becomes a normative standard for every business out there.