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Biometrics Implementation: Start to Finish

University Business, January 2013

Planning to implement a biometric system on campus? Phil Scarfo, a vice president at Lumidigm, a  New Mexico-based biometric company, recommends the following actions:

  1. Conduct a risk assessment of the institution’s facilities and an evaluation of the existing security system. Ask questions such as: Where is the location of keys and access to rooms? Where are the entrances and exit sites, including stairwells and roof access? In the process, work with IT to ensure computer security and network access.
  2. Determine where research data is stored. Include review of protocols for storage and access to confidential information, as well as graphic or sensitive terminology.
  3. Organize a security plan. The plan should include limiting the access of delivery personnel and developing a communications plan in the event of an incident.
  4. Train users in the basics (such as not holding doors open for others, seeing that everyone uses their credential to pass through an access, not allowing unauthorized personnel to enter, and when necessary, calling security for guidance).