US-based biometric solutions provider Lumidigm has developed its Multispectral Fingerprint Imaging (MSI) biometric device, which is suitable for ensuring security at mining operations.
Brand New Technologies, the South African agent for Lumidigm, states that safety is a concern for all industries in South Africa. However, it points out that security is especially important in the mining industry, where valuable equipment needs to be protected.
It is important for mining industries to know who is entering and leaving the site at the start and end of a shift. Biometrics is becoming the preferred security measure for access control and time and attendance, says Brand New Technologies manager Dave Crawshay-Hall.
“With so many people working on mines, the MSI is able to work with an unlimited number of fingerprints. With this device, mines can be certain that their security remains uncompromised,” he says.
He adds that fingerprint reading is a widely deployed and nonintrusive means of identity confirmation.
Crawshay-Hall explains that the MSI technology uses multiple wavelengths of light to read both the external and ‘internal’ fingerprints of a person. “Unknown to most people, there is a set of capillaries about 2 mm below the skin that form a pattern identical to one’s external fingerprints.”
Lumidigm believes that its MSI device is able to counteract many of the shortcomings of other fingerprinting devices. For instance, the device is able to read wet, dry or dirty fingerprints, making it suitable for the mining environment.
Crawshay-Hall says there has been increased investment in biometrics technologies since 9/11, with more people and organisations showing an interest in using such technology.