Ideco Biometrics recently launched its Electronic Visitor Identity Management (EVIM) solution based on a mobile data terminal with an integrated fingerprint scanner. It is the only offering of its kind that is fully compliant with the country’s newly promulgated Protection of Personal Information (POPI) Act. Businesses that have been forced to stop the use of non-compliant, outdated visitor management and access control systems can now invest in a viable, credible and trusted solution.
EVIM is designed to automate visitor registration and reinforce accuracy across all ID based transactions to help combat escalating incidents of identity theft emanating from exposed visitor information in the traditional logbook.
The offering marries the advantages of a digital visitor register system with security in the cloud and integrated fingerprint biometrics, reflecting a strong move in the industry towards the convergence of mobile applications and cloud services, with advanced visitor management systems.
Marius Coetzee, Managing Director at Ideco, explains that there are several issues with traditional visitor books or registers that render these systems non-compliant with POPI – or unable to provide full protection of personal information stored in physical documents.
“POPI has been signed into law to enforce the right to privacy of personal information of South Africans and ensure that the country is aligned to global data protection laws. Issues such as illegible information and inaccurate records impact on the successful application of traditional systems in line with the objectives outlined by POPI,” says Coetzee.
Leadership at Ideco refers to the preamble of the POPI legislation and emphasise the excerpt which states that “the right to privacy includes a right to the protection against the unlawful collection, retention, dissemination and use of personal information;”
“This relates very much to the ‘processing’ of personal information. POPI seeks to ensure that only information that is needed for a specific purpose is collected, that reasonable steps are taken to secure this information, that it is relevant and accurate, to only retain as much as is required and only for as long as it is required. If we review access control systems and the collection and storage of personal information, then we begin to see why certain systems work and others do not,” Coetzee adds.
Why EVIM works
EVIM is based on biometric visitor management technology which provides accurate record keeping in line with legislation, including POPI and the OHS Act. The latter makes it law to accurately record visitor details.
The EVIM solution captures names & surnames, as well as vehicle registration details accurately, every entry and exit is date and time stamped, guards or other visitors do not have visibility of the data, all visitor data is securely stored for future reference and it complies with all regulatory and privacy requirements.
“We continue to stress that unlike the old visitors book, an EVM report has valid visitor information,” Coetzee continues.
The system facilitates barcode scanning for accurate data input of driver details, laptop serial numbers or delivery notes and can perform online ID checks in under 12 seconds. It is also configurable to capture multiple data fields and records all transactions on secure cloud servers.
Only authorised users can access EVIM’s online visitors logs and all data can be sorted, filtered or grouped. In addition to the automated daily visitor reports the export function provides a CSV file to import data to any other business system.
John Lewis, Security Manger at Willows Estate, said, “The EVIM system is reliable. It verifies data in real time and provides a great barrier to unwanted visitors. Ideco’s EVIM met all our requirements and enabled us to fully comply with all regulations.”