By Wes O'Donnell
How often do you see someone forget or, worst case scenario, lose his office keys, while everyone is waiting for him to unlock the door? Not to mention the fact that it will cost and exorbitant amount to have a professional locksmith unlock the door and have the door lock replaced. Biometric fingerprint door locks are the solution. It sounds like something out of a James Bond movie -- fingerprint-reading locks for your home. But the technology is becoming more common.
Imagine using a unique your thumb print to effortlessly identify and verify that you are who you claim to be. That is the power of Biometrics Technology today! If you and your family don't want to ever worry about keys again a biometric thumbprint door lock is a key solution to your problem.
Biometric fingerprint door locks have gained tremendous benefits compared to conventional key door locks, combination door locks, keyless keypad lock or card reader door locks. Thus, biometric finger print door locks surpass security protection, convenience, and speed.
Fingerprint door lock incorporates the proven technology. Fingerprint reader scanning is the most mature and tested type of biometric technology. Recent studies on biometrics have shown that compared to the hand method, fingerprint is more accurate and cost-effective. The duplication of biometric fingerprint technology is virtually impossible, only one in one billionth of a chance. Biometric security guarantees a positive method of user identification with something that cannot be lost, replicated or stolen.
How does the fingerprint reader work? An authorized person has their fingerprint physical characteristic scanned and turned into a numerical algorithm which is then entered into a database. The authorized person must subsequently provide that same fingerprint physical characteristic- for example, their fingerprint, to be read and recognized by the fingerprint reader before access is granted.
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Is fingerprint biometrics technology durable and secure enough to be used in real world applications?
For many years, the fingerprint biometric security technology has been steadily improving. Today it is used in many mainstream applications including user authentication for company computer systems and home safe access and now home and office security. This technology has been gaining momentum and is now being used by major enterprises and being integrated into many consumer products.
Can you fool the sensors?
Tricking sensors, something often seen in the movies, is a very difficult and unlikely task to accomplish. The devices of today have high-tech silicone sensors that capture the 3D images and specialize in recognizing the properties of true fingers and detecting false replicas making it very tough to trick mislead the system.
Will my privacy be compromised if I use a fingerprint scanner?
This will not be a problem. These commercial devices do not save the full image of the fingerprint but only a template which provides a mathematical representation of the unique aspects of the finger. This is enough to make the system reliable but not enough for someone to duplicate the original fingerprint. The template acts as a password to determine if you are the person you claim to be and allow access accordingly. The template also a lot less data which makes for faster matching and smaller storage consumption.
Is there a great deal of processing needed to make the fingerprint authentication work?
Currently, most of these commercial devices come as a complete unit with both the fingerprint sensor and the co-processor in a single package. They are able to capture and match the fingerprint information without ever having to send information to an outside source. This combined approach increases the security of the system as well as privacy protection for the user.
How do you physically use a fingerprint/biometric lock?
To gain access to the door the lock is protecting, simply place your finger on the optic scanner. When the fingerprint is accepted a green light will appear and you will have five seconds to open the door. If for any reason you are delayed in your entry and the five minutes expires, all you must do is place your finger on the scanner again and the process will start over.
Who will be granted access to open the door?
The lock manager (master) determines which people are authorized to enter and will pre-enter the fingerprints to those granted permission during set up. The device will store up to 150 unique fingerprints. The lock manager has the right to deactivate authorization at any time for any of the individuals.
How does the lock work if the finger used to original set up authorization is injured?
In the case of injury or technical malfunction, the lock is equipped with an emergency code. This code will be unique to each of the individual users and, as with the fingerprint authorization, can be cancelled at any time. Each device can store up to 75 emergency codes.
How safe is the lock in comparison to an ordinary bolt lock?
This type of lock is safer than any key lock on the market. Keys can be stolen, lost or duplicated allowing unwanted intruders access to your home. A fingerprint, however, is unique to every person. They cannot be lost, stolen or duplicated to comprise access to your home.
What happens to the ability to gain entry if the batteries run out?
These devices are powered by four 1.5V AA batteries which will allow for approximately 8000 openings and closings. On average, under normal usage, that should last about three years. At the time when the batteries do start to lose their power you will be given six warning beeps with every opening and closing of the door. From that point, you should have approximately 150 more openings and closings before the batteries power fully run out. That should provide you with adequate time to replace the batteries. Battery replacement is quick and simple. If, however, the power supply to the lock is stopped for whatever reason (faulty batteries, technical failure, etc.) there are two external power supply points equipped on the lock. You simply need to take a 9V battery, attach the battery contacts to those external power supply points and operation will be restored. All fingerprints and emergency codes will still be safely stored in the computer’s memory even when batteries are replaced.