Biometric Access control systems in Kenya
Organizations the world over are looking for a reliable physical security solution. The biometric access control systems in Kenya have proved to be the most reliable, foolproof, and secure premise security solution. This biometric door access control solution can suitably be deployed to secure private office premises, business premises, and even public institutions.
The biometric access control system is a fingerprint-based door access management solution that restricts unauthorized persons from accessing designated secured areas within a premise. The main method for authentication is the use of enrolled fingerprints. Furthermore, access control systems are IP based just like IP PBX systems.
In as much as the biometric devices majorly rely on fingerprints, some devices do come with inbuilt RFID chips. Therefore, a combination of fingerprint and RFID can be enrolled to enable employees to use the two authentication methods to access the office premises.
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Types of access control systems
Fingerprint access control
Biometric access control is commonly referred to as a fingerprint access control system. This is because a user’s fingerprint must be enrolled in the system to allow authorized access to a protected area. Biometric access control systems tend to be the most popular form of access control due to reliability, dependability, and scalability. This solution is fast replacing the cards based access control.
Contactless access control
With the challenges brought about by the Coronavirus pandemic, organizations require a contactless system for door access control. This is the newest technology and much sought after. In the first scenario for contactless access control, an enrolled user will a smartphone to open the office door.
In the second scenario, a facial recognition access control terminal will be installed at the main entry. So, as an employee approaches the office door, the facial recognition access control terminal will scan the face. And compare with what is stored in the database to allow the door to open. This process takes only a few seconds. Besides being very hygienic, facial recognition access control terminals remain the most secure.
RFID card access control
The RFID access control is a door access control system based on RFID chip technology. Basically, the entry terminal device has an inbuilt RFID chip that can RFID cards only. Therefore, whenever an employee approaches the office door, he will swipe the RFID card close to the entry terminal and the door opens. The employee identification information can be printed on the RFID card. Hence, once printed on, the RFID card can be used for staff identity.
Features of the access control system
Door access rights
The access control system allows system administrators to allocate various rights and privileges to different users enrolled in the system. This system of allocating user rights and privileges will work well where door access control has been installed on many doors within the organization.
Some of the areas that may require access control include the main entrance door, the server room, the registry, the stores, etc. Hence, only IT officers will be given rights to access the server room even as they denied access to the stores.
Similarly, store managers or procurement personnel will be allowed access to the stores and denied access to the server room. Nonetheless, all the employees will be given rights to the main door entrance. The super administrator has all the rights. Can enroll users into the system and even assign them door access right on functional requirements.
This is another critical access control security feature. When activated, the anti-pass back feature will block any person from exiting a protected area for failing to authenticate at the time of entry. This creates accountability especially for all persons who have access protected areas.
Thus, to maintain accountability, all enrolled employees will be required to authenticate when entering the protected area and also authenticate when exiting. This feature solves the loophole created when somebody enters a protected zone using the colleague’s entry credentials.
Time and attendance management
Most Access control systems have the inbuilt capability for use as a Biometric staff attendance management system. So instead of running a separate time attendance system on the side, door access control can be configured to provide employee clocking services. And integration can be done so that the employee clocking data can be posted directly into the HR and payroll software.
Two person rule
This is a very important feature particularly for the banking and financial institutions. The two person rule can be implemented when accessing the strong room in bank where goods of high value are stored. Thus, two bank employees enrolled into the access control system will be required to provide authentication in order to access such secured area.
More features of the access control system
Zoning of protected areas
The access control system comes with a feature that allows the system administrator to zone the office premises into distinct protected locations. Zoning is almost similar to assigning user rights and privileges. This solution is most suitable for a multi-door access control system where all doors are managed by one centralized controller.
For example, an institution can install an access control system on several doors within its premises. The protected areas may include entrance to wing A and wing B, as well as entrances to floor A and floor B. therefore users will be given rights to access specific zones and not the others. For instance, junior staff can only be allowed access to the board room in wing A while senior staff can be allowed unrestricted entry to all the board rooms.
Zoning can also be implemented based on time. Under this scenario, enrolled employees will be allowed access to different zones up to a particular time of day. And the zones will be out of bounds for any unauthorized persons after the expiry of the allotted hours of the day. This may apply to chemical engineers sections, hardware assembly line, or goods dispatch areas at the warehouse.
The guard tour feature
This innovative security feature was developed to help keep the guards on duty in check. It happens that security officers guarding a place at night might fall asleep due to lack of activity. For the guards to remain alert all times, the system will require the guard to punch after every one hour. The guards can also punch at all the different locations with a biometric device.
Central monitoring of devices
The standalone door access control system can be managed without installing software. However, managing a multi-door, multi-location access control system will require a centralized controller panel. The controller panel will simplify the monitoring of multiple biometric devices from all the locations from a single dashboard.
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