More businesses are embracing biometrics for their access control needs, and innovations within the sector are helping to further these deployments. According to findBiometrics, four specific deployments of new biometric technology set leading examples of just how far forward these solutions are reaching, providing key security to all types of buildings and industries.

Houston social club adds secret agent-levels of security to its admissions
The Marque, a social club in Houston, Texas, recently invested in biometric security solutions to heighten it’s onsite access control. The club implemented facial recognition as part of its exclusive membership, adding a “James Bond-esque atmosphere” to it’s operations, the news source noted.

University focuses on student security
Iris scanners are being deployed by Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C., to ensure the safety and security of students. Dubbed “Eagle Eye” after the schools mascot, the system will help track attendance and quickly identify if a non-student is on campus, alerting the authorities of the risk potential.

Vein scanners to protect state-of-the-art lab
The Kay Family Foundation Innovation Lab at the University of California – Irvine, has invested in palm vein scanners to help optimize building access control to its facilities. The lab houses high-end communications and design equipment, and the school is looking to ensure that only authorized faculty, staff and students can gain access to them. The facility previously used a passcode system but found that many students were allowing friends access to the building using them. As biometrics cannot be shared, this strategy will cut down on this unauthorized access.

Fingerprints going further than ever
A new solution for maintaining fingerprint scanner readings and biometrics IDs in the cloud is allowing super high-density data centers in Las Vegas to optimize their operations and security needs. According to the news source, the new solution is helping the building lock down access and minimize risk in its highly-sensitive areas, as well as those open to visitors.

Of course, these changes add up over time and the impact they have on the building access control and security fields is difficult to measure. The Biometrics Institute’s annual industry survey was recently launched to attempt to track and address the important changes that are affecting biometrics and security compliance in general.

“The biometrics industry is going through some interesting changes with some of the innovation seemingly coming from outside the industry, so it will be interesting to capture the thinking of the biometrics world and gauge personal levels of uptake,” said Isabelle Moeller, chief executive of the Biometrics Institute. “This year therefore includes some revised and new questions to better reflect the changing market place for biometrics, plus we have added some more personal questions at the end.”

By investing in high-end solutions for building security, companies of all kinds can optimize access, efficiency and workflow while protecting their employees, customers and data above and beyond. The right solutions will save time and money in the long run while supporting future demands on security and compliance.