How To Prepare a Fingerprint Scanner

A fingerprint scanner is a remarkable security device that is used in government offices and other places of business. No longer are these devices limited to airports and banks. These are now available to and readily used in hospitals, schools and offices that require some level of security. It also saves companies money because it can be used to log employee attendance instead of manual time cards and Bundy cards. Finally, instead of having several individuals memorize several different security access codes, you can program a fingerprint scanner to just recognize specific readings to allow for access.

If you are considering installing a fingerprint scanner in your home or office, here’s how to prepare it.

1.    Contact a security company that can install the finger print scanner where you need it. There are several companies that make biometric fingerprint scanners. Canvass around for the best one that suits your security needs and fits your budget. You can check online for some companies and product samples. If you are getting the scanner on a large scale level, an agent can come in to your place of business and assess you needs.
Go with a reputable company that offers excellent after sales service. Don’t just consider the upfront cost in your decision. Take into consideration the cost of maintenance, replacement parts and other upkeep.
2.    Install the fingerprint scanner where you need the security. If you are using it to log employee attendance, then it should be right at the employee entrance door. If you are using the scanner to gain access to a specific room such as the safe or a lab of a special high security area, then install the fingerprint scanner outside the initial door. You can choose to install scanners at every level of security, limiting access to only the highest levels of management at every stage.
3.    Place a small sign above the scanner so the people know they have to place their thumb on the reading pad to gain entry.
4.    Before you activate the system, enter all the data of the people who will be using the scanners and program what level of security they have. All people have general access, but only specific groups or individuals will be allowed to certain areas or information.
5.    Train all people on the proper use of the finger scanner. It will only take a few minutes. Hands should be clean and dry and no other body parts should be placed on the scanning pad. The security personnel guarding the gate where the main finger scanner s should be trained to troubleshoot problems, or have a 24-hour phone number accessible to call.
6.    You can also purchase a biometric fingerprint scanner for your home computer use. These small devices attach to your computer and have a pad where you place your thumb mark to be able to access your files. This is a way to do away with the need for several different passwords to retrieve data.
7.    Have a backup power system and security system just in case you have a building wide power failure.

A fingerprint scanner is also a useful tool to help prevent password fatigue. With all the passwords we have to remember nowadays to gain access to information, in can get confusing.


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