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How Small Businesses are Making Use of Biometrics

Russell Thomas, Enterprise Security Mag | Friday, June 04, 2021

Advances in biometric technology have reduced the cost while allowing contactless biometric methods and helping small businesses add a layer of security.

FREMONT, CA: Biometrics is becoming commonplace. As small businesses adjust to an ever-demanding technology age, it is essential to understand how they can use biometric authentication in their business. Whether it's verifying payment data or authenticating employees clocking in and out for work, the applications for biometrics in small business are more diverse than enterprises think. Biometrics is available to small businesses to add an extra layer of security for years. The biggest application has been security for sensitive areas. Learn more here.

The classic punch card utilized to track time worked has been replaced with badge readers in most firms. However, these systems can be defrauded simply by having one employee scan another’s badge and making excuses until the person comes into work. Other firms have switched to digital time cards, though someone can seamlessly enter an extra hour or two on their time card this way. The solution is to implement biometric systems to track employee attendance. It also prevents people from attempting to access the worksite with another’s badge. A side benefit of such a system is that it significantly reduces the amount of paperwork needed to track labor hours. This enhances payroll’s efficiency and accuracy.

Biometric authentication is a major way to accelerate payment processing. The sheer simplicity, along with speed, explains why an increasing number of students at K-college are paying for lunch with a thumbprint. Firms can use the same technology to allow employees to pay for items in a company store or canteen. It is convenient, and it avoids the need to track than cash. Firms are simply following the example set by the digital payment technology used by the customers. This is aside from the initial trials replacing PINs with facial scans.

Several firms add biometric authentication to add an extra layer of protection to both physical records and digital ones. Facial recognition systems may monitor where employees go and compare this to access records.

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