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Using Finger Biometrics

When biometric identification is used, ID cards and passwords are no longer required to access services and borrow resources. This can result in a significant increase in students’ uptake of library services. Use of biometrics also eradicates the problems associated with card-sharing and lost cards. Staff time is not taken up by having to replace lost or stolen cards.

Staff and students can access their records and perform circulation functions by simply placing their finger on a scanner, increasing both speed and security. People are identified quicker and more efficiently, especially at busy times.

Registering biometrics often takes much less time than allocating membership cards. The time saved can free up staff time to engage with students, and forge a strong library-student relationship.

Advantages for administrative staff ...

  • Reduced costs - Passwords do not need to be maintained.
  • Reduced costs - Cards do not need to be printed, replacements do not need to be handed out.
  • Convenience - Forgotten cards are no longer an issue.
  • Increased security - Passwords cannot be shared or compromised.
  • Increased security - No card sharing in secure areas.
  • Increased security - High accuracy and a very low potential of false acceptance.

Advantages for users ...

  • Convenience - No password to remember.
  • Convenience - Faster access when logging in to services, compared to entering passwords.
  • Security - You can’'t guess or misplace your fingerprint.

Advice about the use of biometrics in schools

Click here for the latest advice on the use of biometric data in schools from the DFE.

Example letters for Parents

You can also download some template letters which can be used when writing home to parents for consent.

Using Cards

As an alternative to biometrics, cards can still be used as a method of identification. All of the functionality, configuration and management options available for biometric identification also apply when using cards. Furthermore, users can have both finger and card recognition registered in the BioStore database if required.

Advantages for administrative staff ...

  • Reduced costs - Passwords do not need to be maintained.
  • Convenience - In addition to using cards for recognition, users can be identified by the name and/or photo on their card.
  • Customisation - Design your own cards or choose from a set of pre-made templates. The content of the cards can be changed to suit your needs.
  • Control - Cards can be set to expire after a certain amount of time, or they can be disabled at any time.

Advantages for users ...

  • Convenience - No password to remember.
  • Convenience - Faster access when logging in to services, compared to entering passwords.
  • Security - You can’'t guess or misplace your fingerprint.