Fingerprint Readers are Still the Best, Despite Illness Concerns

Events in 2020 raised concern that biometric security devices may see a decline because of the potential to spread diseases. While this is a valid concern, there are many reasons why biometric devices are still safe to use. Fingerprint readers are at the forefront of the discussion as to whether or not they can be used safely. Here are several reasons why fingerprint readers are still the best biometric identification system despite rising concerns over spreading diseases.

Industry Change Takes Time

One point that should be made against removing fingerprint readers is that change in the security industry takes time. Biometric security devices are a major step forward for facility security, but they raise specific ethical and legal challenges that can slow their adoption. Contact-based biometric systems imply a certain level of consent by the user. Contactless biometric security devices do not have the same level of consent, which raises legal issues. 

Because these systems can identify a person at a distance, people concerned about their privacy may raise objections to their use. From a legal standpoint, changes in laws will need to be made for the expansion of contactless security devices, and those changes will take time to implement.

Sanitation Methods are Possible

While the concern over spreading diseases on fingerprint scanners is valid, it is also important to note that the vast majority of diseases that people could come in contact with can be removed with basic sanitation practices. Rather than replace fingerprint readers, many facilities may choose to implement strict sanitation methods to reduce the chances of spreading the disease. For example, placing a package of sanitizing wipes with the right kind of sanitizer next to the fingerprint scanner makes it possible for the device to be sanitized before every use. When done properly, this should have the desired effect without affecting the use of the fingerprint reader.

Contactless Versions are Being Developed

As the reasons to reconsider contact-based security systems expand, it is important to note that many of the current generation of biometric scanners are being redesigned. There are many security companies that are trying to develop contactless security devices that can replace the current generation already in use. There are already several types of biometric scanners that are contactless by design. Facial recognition devices are a primary example of this since no part of your body comes into contact with the device. These are already in use and the technology may be adapted to develop more contactless security devices.

Other Solutions are Available

If you are considering changing your security system to include more contactless options, there are several options already available on the market. All that you need to do is to partner with a security system design and installation company that can help you redesign your security system with contactless security devices in mind. At Video and Sound Service, Inc., we are here to help you make sure that your security systems provide every type of security that you need. Contact us at (800) 244-6316 to discuss your security system needs.