Biometric Latching: Security with a Personal Touch

When issuing security cards, codes and keys, it is often difficult to guarantee that only the individuals authorized to use these items will actually do so. Though it may be against company policy, an employee may still allow a co-worker to borrow his/her key for the sake of convenience. Even with the latest technology-based security and audit solutions, tracking the person who is actually assigned to their individual method of access can be a challenge.

Recently, a firm tasked with designing enclosure cabinets for a government research facility approached Southco about specifying an enhanced security latching solution into their application. The facility had requested a door latch that would allow only certain employees to access server cabinets containing highly-confidential, restricted government data.

Their main concern was centered on finding a way to ensure that only these employees could physically open the doors to the restricted cabinets. Additionally, the facility required the capability to electronically track and record access to the door latch via a remote system located off site.

Southco suggested its H3-EM Electronic Locking Swinghandle, which offers integrated sensors and multiple output signals that provide data for both local and remote monitoring, facilitating the maintenance of an accurate, trackable audit trail – while keeping enclosure doors securely latched.

The H3-EM is Southco’s leading electronic lock, now available with a built-in biometric verification and access control system, which allows the system to verify the individual’s unique fingerprint before the lock is released and the cabinet can be opened. Fast fingerprint validation via the biometric reader eliminates the need for keys, cards or PIN pads and provides accurate user identification.

Would you use biometrics in locking and security applications?  Tell us in the comments.

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