-In what business scenarios do Biometrics best fit?
-At what scale can one expect a biometric system to size up to in terms of people enrollments, frequency of authorized access?
-Would one restrict their biomtric architecture to reside solely on a LAN or is it acceptable to allow it to cover wider networks. This relates to enrollment system and authentication/authorization processes.
-At what point does one determine a central database enrollment and authorization system is acceptable. Consider the aspect of holding personal information in a database that is used for authorization across international borders.
We use Sagem fingerprint readers for the past 5 years. They are fantastic. We understand that +-5% of the user's fingers don't read well especially older people. We shall provide PIN and card to the users whom have difficulty using the fingerprint readers. Our customers have not need to carry access cards and provide a high level of security.
We have implemented some of the largest fingerprints systems in the world in retail as well as industrial, our biggest site is retail 20,000 people transacting 8 times a day we have very little problems if you enroll correctly you will have a successfull implentation. More that 90% of our sites are fingerprint only and are combinations of access control in industrial sites and time and attendance. We have used Sagem for all of our implementations over an 8 - 10 year period
After many disappointing years with the fingerprint readers I ran a pilot using the Techsphere VP-II at FDNY Headquarters in NYC. Three turnstiles had fingerprint readers and 1 had the vascular. The results were excellent, the Techsphere vascular was always faster, more reliable and with a significantly less failure rate. Currently I am using it on all new installs that require biometric validation.