Biometric Access Control
Your Fingerprint – Always with you!

Identity Management is about proving you are who you say you are.

Fingerprint Access Control as part of multi-factor Identity Authentication is the most reliable way to verify a person’s identity.

Biometric Access Control is important in identifying users and giving them appropriate access to –
Premises – Physical Access Control and
Information – Logical Access Control

Fingerprint Recognition is the most popular form of biometric technology for attendance registration and access control applications because it is the most technologically developed and cost effective of the biometric technologies. A fingerprint scanner captures the fingerprint image, and converts it into a mathematical representation of the fingerprint called a template. To allay privacy concerns, fingerprint images are not stored and templates cannot be back-engineered to reproduce the original fingerprint image.

Biometric Enrolment – How it works

Biometric Enrolment

The enrolment of a user on the biometric fingerprint access control system is simple and secure.


Fingerprint Biometrics

Borer specialises in biometric technology, which is great for security access control and attendance registration applications because it is secure, easy to use and accurate.

The convenience of biometric access control using fingerprint authentication is obvious to anyone who regularly uses keys, cards or tokens to register attendance or access their premises. Tokens, passwords and PINs can be shared, compromised, lost or stolen while a fingerprint provides proof of identity and eliminates the cost and effort needed to administer, issue and replace lost and stolen keys, cards, PINs and tokens.

Multi Factor User Authentication and Identification


4 factor fingerprint identification authentication access control

Biometric Fingerprint only


  • small to medium sized businesses

    suitable for applications with fewer than 5,000 people, the biometric fingerprint template is held at the reader

  • simple solution

    no hassle and costs associated with card systems, no codes to remember, no lost or stolen cards or tokens

  • high level of security

    more secure and higher proof of identity than card only solutions

  • scalable and flexible

    more than 5,000 people can be accommodated when biometric is used together with a token or pin

The process for finding a match for a person’s fingerprint in a database of many fingerprints is best undertaken at the point of validation because the validation process uses complex algorithms and takes time. The bigger the fingerprint database the more time required. There can be long delays when this is undertaken by central computer with more than one fingerprint reader connected to it.

When the matching is done at the point of access, delays can occur if the fingerprint template database it too big. We are able to hold up to 64,000 templates on the reader’s database but we limit the number of the people who can participate in one to many matching (only need their finger to gain access) to 10,000 people. 


Biometric Fingerprint and Card/Pin


  • large organisations

    suitable for applications where the number of templates a reader must hold in its database exceeds its memory capacity

  • multi factor authentication

    biometric card or pin code references a specific biometric fingerprint template in the database, which must then match the user’s fingerprint

  • high level of security

    card or pin is backed up by user’s fingerprint preventing user’s card being used by another person to gain entry

  • scalable, multi-site secure access control

    control a few doors or a very large network of connected devices spanning many sites

When more than 10,000 people need to be accommodated, then up to 10,000 people can use fingerprint only and the additional individuals will require a card, token or PIN to identify themselves. This enables the reader to provide the speed and convenience of fingerprint only solution (one to many match) for frequent users, while supporting a much bigger user population using a card, token or PIN to identify the relevant fingerprint template for a one-to-one match without impacting system performance.


Biometric Fingerprint on Card


  • large organisations

    suitable for applications with more than 5,000 people where multi-factor authentication and proof of identity is critical

  • dual verification

    cardholder’s biometric credentials are encrypted and written to the card’s secure memory

  • very high level of security

    user’s fingerprint is stored on the card as a template (similar to a card number), so the user’s fingerprint cannot be stolen – the card is backed up by cardholder’s fingerprint at access point, which needs to match the biometric record on the card

  • online or offline

    break in network communication is not a problem, as biometric record is stored on the card and does not need to be checked against a server database

In applications that require very high levels of security and the confidence of full user authentication, this is delivered by writing the cardholder’s Biometric template to a smart cards memory. This solution delivers a high level of security and confidence with proof of identity and multi-factor authentication.

With Biometric fingerprint on card there is no practical limit to the number of cardholders that can be accommodated, as the person’s identity is cross-checked with their credentials which are written encrypted to the cards memory. In applications with a large mobile workforce, such as port or utility provider applications, the persons credentials travel with the person, thus eliminating network dependence and transmitting data from one site to another with its associated risks.