Technology partnership makes biometrics more realistic for SMEs

The new integration will enable SME’s and the domestic market to use biometric access control as part of their security systems.

Technology partnership makes biometrics more realistic for SMEs

Biometric access control is fast becoming the technology of choice for many business sectors, but its take-up by domestic and SME customers has been relatively limited.

The reason for this is the perception that the technology is more cost-effective for larger installations, where the added value of data acquisition such as time and attendance data could be factored into the purchase.

This could all be changing, however, with a new integration between ievo Ltd, the Newcastle-based manufacturer of biometric fingerprint readers, and Texecom, Europe’s largest independent security alarm specialist.

This partnership will allow the technology to become more accessible for the domestic and smaller SME markets.

ievo biometric fingerprint readers can now be integrated with Texecom’s Premier Elite Series of control panel systems, providing a single comprehensive system architecture and peripheral range of devices managed by biometric control.

Richard Forsyth, Sales Manager for ievo, said: “The key here is a blend of convenience and enhanced security for high end domestic and SME users.

“Numeric code PINs and fobs can be lost, forgotten or stolen whilst a fingerprint, once registered, is unique to that authorised user. Once a person’s fingerprint is enrolled, and this is a very simple process using the same reader, only that user can set or disable the alarm and peripherals.

On the company's new partnership he commented: “We’re delighted to be working with an award-winning international leader in electronic security devices and see this integration as opening up a potentially huge market for smaller and domestic systems.

"With the Texecom integration now available, we are already seeing an uptake from those who previously enquired about intruder alarm integration and single door access control.

“The relationship demonstrates both companies’ ethos of constantly developing innovative solutions for customers and the wider security market, and our biometric fingerprint readers fit perfectly with the Texecom’s Premier Elite Series and the task of tackling individual security challenges.”

Mike Govier, Texecom’s Senior Customer Support Engineer, added: “Additionally, and very importantly for the high end domestic market, biometric authentication is treated as a portable proximity tag, or ace, and thus complies with standards required by Police response systems which have to be operated with such tags.

“This solution gives us a security system that complies with Police response requirements and greater control over access to a property.”