Biometric access evolves

Biometrics for access control has evolved over the past few years and new trends are currently emerging as customer demand continues for increased functionality and user friendliness.

“We have seen a number of important and relevant growth nodes that provide an improved user experience and that drive efficiency in organisations. Biometrics started with the introduction of fingerprint readers and the technology continues to grow in popularity, with thousands of end users demanding adding functionality to pure access control and as a time and attendance tool,” says John Powell, MD of Powell Tronics.

Powell says that fingerprint technology continues to develop and recently took an exponential leap into the arena of contactless user interface. This technology is finding great favour in the pharmaceutical, laboratories, mining, high-technology facilities and banking markets where non-tactile interfaces are preferred.

Morpho’s MorphoWave is a frictionless biometric access control solution that captures and matches four fingerprints with a single hand movement. This touchless technology easily copes with dry and wet fingers as well as instances where there are no latent prints.

“The beauty of this technology is that it allows users to continue moving when passing through access control points. This results in rapid processing of users, without compromising security levels.”


The MorphoAccess Sigma dual fingerprint and vein readers have an extremely interactive user interface and provide failsafe security. The tablet-like user interface provides touchscreen convenience, with fake finger and face detection as well as duress finger capabilities.

The Morpho 3D Face Reader provides extremely fast, hands-free access to sensitive and high-security areas. The technology is tolerant to both face angles and motion, making it ideal for uninterrupted access. The 3D Face Reader analyses the three-dimensional structure of the user’s face and achieves extremely accurate matching, with high throughput. Enhanced accuracy enables a low false acceptance rate and will not allow conventional 2D images to be used to ‘spoof’ the system.

MorphoSmart Finger VP is a multimodal device capable of capturing and processing finger vein and fingerprint biometric data at the same time which gives greatly improved accuracy with enhanced anti-spoofing capabilities.

In addition to these on-site technologies, Powell Tronics also promotes mobile access technology with its ATOM software.

There are three variants of the Atom software – a basic entry-level biometric template distribution system for Morpho readers known as ATOM Core; the ATOM Charged module, which has all the functionality of ATOM Core, plus a time and attendance element; and the ATOM Fusion module which has been developed to provide integration with Impro software suites as a full T&A module.

The ATOM is ideal for use on the MorphoTablet, a touchscreen device running on Android, with a 7-inch display and cellular, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. The MorphoTablet has two biometric sensors – a high-definition camera and a fingerprint reader, for increased functionality.[/text_output][/vc_column][/vc_row]