Global energy management specialist Schneider Electric has launched an industrial switch that uses biometric fingerprint recognition technology to facilitate employee access to sensitive areas and machine functions.
It collaborated with biometric identification solutions pro- vider Sagem Sécurité, which is part of the Safran group, to develop the Harmony Biometric Switch.
Schneider Electric South Africa product manager Ralph Real states that the biometrics that is integrated into the switch, is user friendly, as it requires no key, badge or password that can be lost, forgotten, stolen or copied. It also provides a high level of protection.
“It offers the industrial sector increased productivity by reducing maintenance and the operating costs of the system, while simultaneously preventing unauthorised operation,” he says.
Real adds that the Harmony Biometric Switch is a competitive alternative to the weakness of other access control systems.
The simple, reliable and efficient product enables the restriction of access to sensitive zones and machine functions, such as starting, resetting, adjustment and maintenance, to authorised personnel only.
The switch is designed to operate fully independently, without any additional interface.
Its compactness enables it to be easily integrated in a control panel owing to its compliance with the standard diameter 22 mm cut-out mounting method.
It is easy to set up since both its parametering and registration or recording are done directly on the sensor.
Sagem Sécurité permitted the development of a biometric sensor originating from a compact biometric module of its CBM MorphoSmart range to ensure the highest level of security and reliability.
This fingerprint recognition sensor uses the optical technology mastered by Sagem Sécurité and provides the Harmony Biometric Switch with a high-quality image, as well as robustness, which is essential in an industrial environment.