Streamlining Enterprise Identity Management – Less Equipment, More Efficiency
The need for corporate security is continuously increasing. Corporations are looking for the best security systems to ensure that their businesses are protected from intruders, corporate espionage and other unauthorized parties’ entry and at the same time are seeking to increase efficiency and reduce costs. Though security and convenience are often at odds, these two needs don’t have to conflict.
When it comes to security, many might think more is better: more cameras, more security guards, more ID checks. But in reality, less really is more. What we really need to look for is less: less intrusion, fewer barriers, less time wasted and, ultimately, the fewest errors.
Finding tight security that is also convenient and cost effective is a tough line to straddle for many corporations, as security, convenience and cost efficiency don’t naturally go together. In order to balance security, convenience and cost, many offices set their sights on an identity management solution and adopt an enterprise ID card system. This approach brings with it the risks of card loss or theft, and increases costs due to the need for tangible items issued to each employee and replaced when needed.
While a card management system is the status quo right now for many enterprises to manage secure access, it does not solve the problem of controlling access to the enterprise, since the card issuer does not have control over who is in possession of the card.
In an effort to streamline security and ensure the true identity of the people who are granted access, some corporations have turned to biometrics to replace their existing card management systems. Many adopt fingerprint scanning to verify the identities of their employees.. Replacing the card management system with fingerprinting would seemingly solve the security issue inherent to card-based systems. However, there are unintended costs to this approach.
Approximately 5% of the population is unable to use fingerprint readers. For large corporations with hundreds, if not thousands of employees, having to accommodate and identify those people who cannot use the system wastes valuable time each day, both for those who cannot use the system, and for other employees who are held up and unable to enter as they wait for their colleagues to be identified. Furthermore, many people are uncomfortable with the invasiveness of fingerprint readers as these take personal identifiers that are not visible to the naked eye.
Offices that have incorporated fingerprint scanners are unquestionably heading down the correct path because they are looking to identify people by who they are rather than what they have. But, at best, they create an unnecessary inconvenience to many, and at worst, make employees uncomfortable and unhappy with the identification process. To be more efficient, corporations need implement a seamless biometric identification system that is convenient, non-invasive and provides ultimate security.
To do this, corporations need in-motion identification (IMID) technology, which provides a much smoother and more streamlined experience by scanning each individual before they even reach the door. The IMID scanners identify individuals using biometric definers, face recognition and body behavior characteristics – those characteristics visible to the naked eye. Simply put, IMID is a true identity management system because it identifies you by who you are rather than what you have, and does so in a human way. Users do not have to waste time or worry about ID cards, nor do they have to feel uncomfortable with an invasive form of biometric identification.
Using a one-step biometric enterprise identity management solution helps companies win in many ways:
– Turnstiles and gates can be reduced as each entry takes less time; two seconds or less in most cases. (Around $20,000 per turnstile).
– Employees no longer need to be issued ID cards, and corporations can eliminate the costs that go along with them.
Corporations will gain time because they will eliminate queues and speed up the time it takes for each individual to enter and exit. (About 150 hours/year for a company with 1000 employees).
With the need for corporate security constantly increasing, organizations adopting biometric technology are creating a much more streamlined and secure access experience while simultaneously reducing human error and time constraints. With the added benefits of in-motion identification, secure access and enterprise identity management become a breeze. Users no longer need to carry items for identification and don’t need to feel that their privacy is at risk for recognition. By implementing in motion identification, corporations are learning that finding the balance between security and convenience is possible.
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