Benefits of Biometrics in Food Manufacturing Plants

biometrics in food manufacturing plants

Food and beverage industry is an enormous and growing market. This dynamic sector includes production, retail and service of innumerous food and beverage products and services. The pilferage in this industry goes beyond money. Inventory, recipes or food is at constant risk of being stolen. Due to increased security breaches, introducing a high-level and reliable security system is a necessary investment. Biometrics is the apt solution for this industry, and it can prevent loss due to theft, mistake or misuse and provide a quick ROI.

Gain insight about biometrics in our previous blog, What is Biometrics?

How can biometrics help?

Unlike the conventional way of using a swipe card, register or passcode methods of clocking in, biometrics uses human characteristics to authenticate employees who wish to gain access to secure and confidential data. Hence, it is easier to track and document their activity. Biometrics provides accountable physical authentication of employees which is vital for both security and hygiene reasons.

It is a common assumption that biometrics suits businesses where highly sensitive or high-value assets are to be protected. This blog elaborates how high-security biometrics can be efficiently employed in a sector which doesn’t involve data security.

The following are a few ways in which the food and drinks industry can leverage biometrics.

  1. Prevent Food Terrorism

Food terrorism is the contamination of food products during processing, manufacturing, storage, transport, distribution or service. Employing biometric authentication can prevent unauthorised access from outsiders and minimise internal risks. Should someone in-house cause contamination, they can be tracked, and appropriate action can be taken using the biometric data.

  1. Reduce Contamination

The risk of cross-contamination can be minimised by deploying biometric readers. It can be achieved by allocating permission levels to staff members based on their skill set and their production lines.

  1. Track Attendance

Biometrics can facilitate efficient tracking of login and logout times of employees and eliminate buddy punching. This feature is especially useful when employing staff who work on contracts or are paid for the extra hours worked (overtime). Biometrics gives the ability to cancel, downgrade or upgrade access permissions easily. Therefore, building access can be restricted outside working hours to minimise the risk of a security breach.

  1. Workforce Management

Biometrics, integrated with a sophisticated access control system, can help employees adhere to rules. Staff now cannot share key cards, passwords, and avoid entering restricted areas.

  1. Remote Management

In most cases, factories of food and beverage are located in various locations of the world. With biometrics, access levels and permissions of employees across the globe can be tracked efficiently and monitored remotely.

  1. Seamless Integration

Employing the right security centre lets you seamlessly integrate biometrics with additional security systems like the intrusion panel, perimeter detection, video management systems, IP surveillance systems and many more.

With overall advances in the food and beverages industry, more and more factories are introducing biometrics. Many businesses can benefit from capitalising on this technology.

Know more about the benefits of employing biometrics in various businesses in our previous blog, 10 ways your business can benefit from biometrics!

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