It’s a fact that every family is not lucky enough to be endowed with a kid having burglar fighting abilities like the one in Home Alone had, and it’s equally a fact that safety and security of our homes is of paramount importance for obvious reasons.
Consequently, in order to ensure safety, one has to rely either on the traditional lock-and-key protection mechanism or on more recent electronic locking systems which can be unlocked with an alphanumeric password.
However, these safety devices can become rather tedious at times. For instance, if you miss your key at your friend’s place and realize your mistake only when you have finished frantically searching all your pockets standing in front of your locked door, rushing back to collect the key will not be a pleasant experience. Even more serious consequences can ensue if some unscrupulous being gets to know your password or steals your key.
Thanks to the latest development in the arena of household security – the emergence of Biometric Home Security Systems, all such pitfalls of the older protection-systems have been taken care of and home security has been rendered totally hassle free.
A typical Biometric Safety Device operates on unique physical characteristics of the authorized individual such as fingerprints and palm geometry or features like retina scan and voice recognition. In other words, the user becomes the key himself, thereby ruling out any possibility of burglary due to a lost/duplicated key or password. This also spares one the tediousness of remembering passwords – something which can be inconvenient for young children or older adults.
The system is reasonably simple to install and can be set up on most standard doors. Since the installation requires no hard-wiring skills, one does not have to pay a hefty sum to the electrician for it and all one needs to have it ready to use is rudimentary tinkering ability and a common drill.
Robust security, convenience of usage and simplicity of installation – all these features of Biometric Home Security System explain its exponentially growing popularity.
A few parameters you need to consider before buying a Biometric system are:
1. Acceptability of recognition mechanism
If you are in a habit of sporting a new beard-cut every other week, probably a lock working on recognition of facial features won’t be a great idea. If you are a sportsman for whom the odds of sustaining cuts and bruises are rather high, do not go for the fingerprint recognition mechanism.
The versatility of such systems is a massive advantage here as you have a wide variety of recognition mechanisms at your disposal to choose from as per your convenience.
This is something where you have to carry out a cost-benefit analysis. The added advantages of this technology do not come without additional costs. Systems ranging from $200-$300 are available in the market. You can take your pick according to your budgetary considerations. Considering the fact that safety of your house is at stake, the benefits offered by this technology justify every extra penny that has to be shelled out in order to replace the previous system with this one.
The slight disadvantage of this system is that in some anomalous instances, it can end up either denying access to an authorized user or allowing it to an unauthorized one.
The indicators of likelihood of such occurrences are known as “False Rejection Rate” and “False Acceptance Rate” respectively which can range from 0.0001% to 0.01%. However, the machines are equipped with an alternative unlocking mechanism to redress the former eventuality, and the extremely low probability of the latter is sufficient to discourage burglars from trying their luck.