STANLEY Security protects Finlays’ servers thanks to biometric access control

STANLEY Security has installed a biometric access control system at beverage company Finlays’ Pontefract site to protect its server rooms. A company with over 265 years heritage, Finlays currently owns and operates tea estates, extraction facilities for tea, coffee and plant extracts, packing facilities and R&D laboratories across four continents.

Finlays already had a PAC access control system in place for exterior doors, and number code locks were fitted to the doors of their server rooms but, on reviewing security, the company wanted to improve the level of security for the latter. The key requirement was to ensure access to the server rooms was controlled only by the members of the Finlays IT Department. IT staff work standard office hours so, should access be required to the server rooms outside of those hours, the code for the locks would have to be shared with others or a member of the IT team would have to return to site.

Finlays had ruled out a card/tag-based access control system due to the inherent issues with lost, stolen or borrowed cards, and had instead decided that a biometric system would be the right solution for the business.

A number of security companies were approached, including STANLEY Security. “It’s a name we knew and we have a lot of STANLEY Security’s product on site,” stated Stephen Firth, Finlay Group’s senior IT support engineer. “We also have a PAC system which shares the same software that the STANLEY Security biometric system runs on, so it meant we could easily add to the existing system and view both using the same software, although they’re run as stand-alone systems for added security.”

Biometric fingerprint readers

STANLEY Security has installed ievo biometric fingerprint readers to four server room doors at Finlays. The system features advanced image reading sensors that take a detailed scan of a finger from the surface and subsurface levels of the skin to capture a highly accurate digital image, while also protecting against fake and spoof fingerprints.

Specific data from the image is converted into a digital template used for fingerprint identification. Providing a user presents a finger that matches a stored user template then access will be granted.

ievo captures clear, clean images, even when surface features are absent or hard to distinguish due to age, dirt, finger pressure and skin or environmental conditions.

Finlays is pleased with the new biometric access control system as it provides the company with the security required, but also convenience. “Now, IT has full control of who enters the server rooms and there’s an audit trail,” observed Firth. “We don’t have to worry about who has keys to the IT office and who knows the code for the server rooms door locks. What’s more, IT can open any door on the system remotely should it be required, rather than staff having to return to site. With one of the racks on our server belonging to someone else, that’s an important consideration should members of staff need to gain access out of office hours.”

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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