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Biometric Door Access and CCTV: What You Need to Know About the Future of Integrated Home Security

Biometric door access systems are a sophisticated type of door access control system that you should get for your office if you’re worried about your office security.

Instead of using a standard card access door system or a traditional pin access door system to unlock the door, it uses specific biometric data unique to each individual. This data includes thumbprints and facial recognition patterns.

Because the person always carries that data around, it can’t be copied or stolen, as is the case with a thumbprint biometric as opposed to an ID.

Biometric door access system and security camera systems in Singapore (either a standard office camera or an IP camera system) let you effectively track access entry and monitor access to office activities in different ways, but the best way to get the most security is by combining both biometric technology into one system.

Types of Biometric Recognition Patterns
Here are a few types of recognition patterns that can be used for biometric door access:

• Facial biometrics – Facial recognition software is the cornerstone of any facial biometric system, which you can also integrate to your CCTV camera systems to get the most out of both types of security systems.

• Biometric thumbprint – You can encode and record a thumbprint biometric into set of data points, but these can be delicate and rejected by the machine at times.

• Intercom – Having an office door intercom setup (usually a SIP intercom system) can be useful to your Singapore workplace as it lets employees communicate in case the door access doesn’t work.

Here are the other features of a biometric system commonly used by establishments here in Singapore:

• Systems Integration – You can connect a biometric access system with your standard CCTV camera system over a central database or network. This can be made of IP CCTV security cameras, but an analog camera system can also be used for this purpose.

• Database Entry – In integrating biometric authentication, biometric data points can be recorded, saved, and transferred from system to system. One key feature is having a time attendance software for your Singapore office, which is known to calculate staff time entries in an automated manner.

Along with the system of your choice, you can integrate wireless camera system to a thumbprint or facial biometric access system to have all these features at once, as well as an intercom solution as a back-up in case they fail.

On Central Network Integration
All these systems can work together for added overall security. A complete office security system would have a working intercom system, top-of-the-line IP camera (usually IP CCTV – an analog camera system is rarely used today), and a biometric authentication system.

If you have an IP camera system, you will be able to view your database and your security camera footage in real time from anywhere, which is much better than simply using an analog system.
From these systems, the data is then sent to a central computer database where an administrator can view and verify them.

When building your database, it’s important that you keep your door access control system updated. From your regular employees, especially for facial recognition patterns and other types of biometrics.

Protecting Yourself from Personal Data Theft

On January 21, 2014, South Koreans swarmed banks to withdraw their credit cards after the news of personal data theft. This was a big issue because twenty million South Koreans were compromised. According to FSS (Financial Supervisory Service), about 1.15 million victims on January 20, 2014 permanently cancelled their credit cards or requested for a new one.

Hacker sold personal data of 4 million US citizens online

Earlier this January, someone was arrested for stealing and selling of personal data (such as credit card numbers, phone numbers, names, social security numbers and many more) from 3 credit card companies. The 3 credit card companies include Lotte Card, KB Kookmin Card and NH Nonghyup Card.

Hopefully this does not happen here in Singapore. Stealing and selling of personal data is prevalent that customers will not know it already hit them. It is important that you protect yourself from thefts. Here are some tips that you can consider:

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  • Check your statement: Checking your statement is the first step.
    This is obvious and you may think that this is useless but it will give you an idea if your card has been compromised. In your statement, look for suspicious activities. For example, if you recognized an item you did not buy, that should alarm you.
  • Call the company: If you discovered that your card has been compromised, avoid using it again. The next thing that you need to do is call your bank. Never wait for the bank to call you. You should move quickly. You can go to the bank personally if you prefer it.
  • Replace or cancel card and change PIN: The bank will give you an option – replace the card or cancel it. If you replace it, make sure that you update the companies with your new information. When you replaced your card, change the PIN (Personal Identification Number).