We all want to live to our full potential.  When most of us measure our education level, career success, financial status, and collection of material assets, but we may be missing one very important feature.

There’s something we all have that’s unique and uncommon if I may offer such a play on words.  That’s right something each of us has, but it’s different for everyone.  It’s our biometrics, we each have a different face, iris, palm, fingerprint, footprint, voice, and gait.

Are you leveraging your biometrics?  If not, why wouldn’t you optimize your uniqueness to make your life safer and more convenient?

Thousands of commuters are leveraging their biometrics to quickly and conveniently pass through airport security checkpoints.  Doesn’t that make more sense than waiting in winding lines like a herd of cattle?

Millions of smartphone owners leverage their biometric by accessing the device using their fingerprint or face.  It’s more secure and more convenient than entering a PIN.

Tens of millions of people around the world have enrolled their fingerprint for elections, to register SIM cards, to access websites and apps in the enterprise and to migrate from shared workstation to shared workstation.

Did you know that biometric authentication is utilized in every industry and for multiple use cases?

Banks and credit unions are using fingerprint biometric authentication to secure internal access to the device and customer data.  Shared workstations and roving users which present high profile security challenges are commonplace in banking.  Biometrics prevents the sharing of passwords, PINs, and cards contributing to a safer and more secure infrastructure.

Manufacturers have identified unique ways to leverage the security and convenience of biometric authentication by substituting eSignatures with one-touch biometric authentication.

IT leaders in manufacturing have found biometric authentication is an ideal security tool for a complex and diverse workforce that often includes part-time employees, factory workers, administrators, managers, directors, executives, vendors, and transporters.  It’s much less costly to maintain and manage than keys or cards and reduces or eliminates the need for password resets – the silent killer of the IT department.

The government was the first to adopt the use of biometrics and recently there’s been an increase in deployments, including international government agencies who are leading the adoption curve.

Hospitals have been using biometric authentication since the mid-2000s.  Ohio was the pioneer as the state compliance guidelines required the use of multi-factor authentication and noted that biometrics was a strong choice.

Retailers have integrated biometric authentication into POS systems to replace the use of PINs and cards.  Biometrics are contributing towards a seamless workflow and better customer / end-user experience.

Schools and universities have also identified multiple use cases for biometric authentication including attendance, lunch programs, library (book check out/in) and remote testing (authenticating the user).

Call centers are using biometric authentication to secure access to shared workstations.  Many call center agents have access to sensitive customer data and biometric authentication provides a recordable audit trail for each transaction.

We’ve asked around to understand what would make a person or organization not leverage biometric technology and here’s what we heard…

It’s too expensive!

Well, that’s false.  Like all technology’s costs reduce over time and in today’s world, biometric technology is actually “inexpensive” and here’s why.  Scanner costs have reduced and range from $39 – $75 and keep in mind you can have unlimited users on each scanner, you are not required to have a unique scanner for each individual.  Scanners also have a track record of being very durable, so they don’t need to be replaced very often.  In regard to software that provides one-touch access to websites – files and apps, you’re looking at a monthly cost-per-user between $3 – $5 based on the size of the organization.

It’s too complex to deploy!

After supporting thousands of customers in all types of industries there are many lessons learned and the number one lesson has been seamless onboarding.  By offering outstanding support, training, and guidance we are able to reduce the time and disruption traditionally associated with new technology deployment.  Although each customer environment is unique, we have come close to creating a cookie-cutter deployment solution.

Some of my users won’t like it!

Let’s face it, on the surface, everyone is resistant to change.  But fax machines, computers, smartphones, tablets, big-screen TVs, Bluetooth products and IoT all have introduced vast improvements in our lives.

Here’s a simple fact.  Once end-users migrate from entering passwords, PINs, keys, or tokens, or stop swiping a card or answering a test question, and they experience the one-touch convenience of their biometric, they “never” seek to go back to the old method.

BIO-key has developed a Proof of Concept program for enterprise customers with 100+ employees.

To learn more contact scott.mahnken@bio-key.com

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