Biometric Library Software is the Best Trick in the Book
December 24, 2018
Library software that takes advantage of identity management solutions are the most effective, useful and convenient for users. What’s the best form of authentication for the library though?
Choosing library software authentication
Good library software needs to quickly and securely identify users of its system. That’s the primary goal, so that users can borrow and return books with little hassle. You want your library system to be so easy to use that it encourages people to use the library. If it’s cumbersome, slow and unreliable, users will be put off. It won’t be worth the hassle to them.
So, you need to give users a method of authentication that is easy to sign-up to and then easy to use. Here at BioStore, we let organizations use a range of methods for this. We let users use a simple PIN or password method. This traditional method is something people are comfortable with and used to using. More popular of course though is the use of a smart card. This approach is quicker and easier for library goers. They just have to remember their card. Or lastly, you could offer the use of biometrics, like a fingerprint. They work in much the same way a card does, but they are unique to each individual.
Whatever authentication a library chooses, they work best when the overall organisation uses the same method for other services. Say a school used the same authentication for attendance recording or cashless catering. That creates a unified experience for students – not requiring different authenticators for multiple service throughout the day.
Why biometric library software takes top spot
Here at BioStore we believe the fingerprint biometric library software approach is the best one and there are a few reasons why. For a start, it saves the users time, they don’t have to remember anything to bring with them, but it saves staff time and the organisation money. There’s no time or money spent printing new smart cards or replacing lost ones.
It’s also a securer and more reliable system for staff. There can be no card-sharing between users that might cheat the system and no misunderstandings about who has what book and when. The use of a fingerprint system makes sure no books location is in doubt.
The overall goal of the library software is to increase uptake and use of the library. Biometrics can help do that by making the experience better for users and staff, ensuring everyone gets the best out of the library.