Access – How Can We Control It?

When we think about accessibility, we consider the improvement of products, services or environments so that more people can benefit, and quite rightly.

Access Control on the other hand, is controlling access to information or an environment in the interests of security and privacy. We’re all used to access control measures that look to verify our identity to allow us access to data or services, from a password protected email account to the smart card that allows you access to your hotel room or office block.

Unfortunately, while we are familiar with all these measures, we are becoming increasingly familiar with their failures too. Access Control is not an issue that will be solved overnight, especially in a digital age with an ever increasing use of cloud storage and linked platforms, and data theft is an ever-present risk; continually requiring new measures to guard against the increasing capabilities of hackers.

The popularity of pins and passwords is in fast decline as both individuals and businesses look for tighter controls to protect their privacy.

The lack of adequate access control measures can at best reduce productivity and leave businesses at risk of not complying with the data protection act. The bigger risk is the fallibility of access control measures in some industries or environments leading to catastrophic consequences.

Airports are a leading example of where access control measures are critical, with increasing use of biometric identification measures adopted globally for passport control. However, it’s not just passengers that we should be considering, what about the suppliers and contractors that may need access to an airport? How do we effectively and securely verify their identity without impacting productivity and causing costly constraints?

B-Secur has developed a unique Electrocardiogram (ECG/EKG) biometric technology solution that is more secure, convenient and cost-effective than first generation biometrics for user authentication. Our biometric technology utilises a person’s unique heartbeat electrical wave that is filtered, amplified and processed by an algorithm to allow authentication of a person against a stored profile.

As we are a solutions business, not a product one, we work to integrate our technology into our customer’s products, including wearables.

We’re very excited by the results of our initial trials in this area and see that potential improvements in the access control area will be vast, from airports, schools and government buildings and everyday working environments.

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