Biometric Security System: The Pros And Cons

biometric security systemIn movies and in large organizations such as banks, military offices, etc, you may have seen the computerized locks or devices that scans a person’s fingerprint, retina, iris, palm print or DNA. Whenever, the device or lock approves of the data, it will then provide access to the person scanned. This technology or device is known as a biometric security system. In this article, I will share a simple definition of this technology as well as its pros and cons.

A biometric security system is a lock and capture mechanism that controls access to certain data or in the case of business office and home owners, the access to their offices and homes. To acquire access, users will need to supply their unique traits or characteristics in which will be matched to the biometric security system’s database. Once the system sees the match, the locking system will open or provide access to your office or home.

With every access to your home or office, the technology’s locking and capturing system will activate as well as record the information of the person who acquired access. In your home or office, you can consider the biometric security system as your door’s lock and your unique biometrics as the key to open your door.

Advantages Of A Biometric Security System

Uniqueness -  This is the main characteristic of the technology that continues to increase in significance. The uniqueness of the technology uses every person’s unique identification as an effective access tool. There is almost zero chance of two users having identical identification in the biometric technology system.

Highly Secured – The technology’s extreme efficiency in identifying users makes it difficult or even impossible for users to share their access to other individuals. For example, users with access would find it difficult or impossible to share their fingerprints, retina, iris, etc, to other people or users.

Lessens Worry On Key or Access Getting Lost – Since you only need to bring yourself to acquire access, you won’t need to worry about forgetting or losing your key. This convenience is one of the aspects that made the technology popular to a variety of  office and homeowners.

Easy To Install And Use -  Considering you are not planning to install modern biometric security systems such as those that require DNA, retinal or iris recognition, other or most biometric security systems are easy to install and configure. If you are planning to install the modern ones then you can always hire professionals such as locksmiths.

Disadvantages Of A Biometric Security System

Failure To Read Data Due To Disruptions – In the advantages, I mentioned that “it won’t get lost”, however, there are some serious disruptions such as unexpected accidents or physical alteration on the user that might result to the system denying access. An example is, users whose fingers got injured from an accident may have trouble accessing systems using fingerprints for identification. Users with sore throats may get their access denied by systems using voice recognition for identification. Additional problem of voice recognition systems, are the failure to identify users who have some changes in their voice due to aging and failure to identify voice due to background noises.

May Cause Discomfort To Some Users – There are users that may find iris or retinal scan biometric systems uncomfortable or scary.

Expensive – Iris or retinal scanning requires a more advanced as well as costly biometric technology. Adding to the cost is the large storage requirement for the database.

Advancements in the biometric security system technology have been able to slowly eliminate concerns on the technology as well as provide home owners the capacity to acquire one themselves. If you are planning to have one, then consider doing research to find the type of system that suits your needs. If you wish to learn more, you can visit Seattle Locksmith Services and Solutions or Call (206) 829-8169.