Biometric readers: which one suits better in the pharmaceutical sector?

Published On: 01/06/2023|3,6 min read|

Biometric readers are used in access control systems to offer a high accuracy and speed in authenticating the entry of users to the facilities and recording the trend in people’s flow.

In this article you will find the answer to the question: what are biometric readers?, we will explain the different types of biometrics that exist, and you will find out which biometric system is the best for the pharmaceutical industry.

What are biometric readers?

Biometric readers or sensors are devices that have a microchip where an individual’s information is stored and transmitted. When the person uses this device, the stored information is read and it is used to verify if it is the real person.

Biometric identification systems can be used in any environment that requires security, access control, attendance control , and identification or verification of a user. They provide three main advantages: physical resistance, low maintenance costs and no electrostatic problems.

Different types of sensors biometrics

Fingerprint scanner

These sensors are a type of biometric security technology that identifies and authenticates a person’s fingerprints to allow or deny the access to a facility or computer system.

Estos lectores, son un tipo de tecnología de seguridad biométrica que identifica y autentica las huellas digitales de una persona para permitir o denegar el acceso a una instalación o sistema informático.

Biometric iris scanner

Iris recognition biometric readers are capable of identifying eye structures that are imperceptible to the naked eye. They are fast to perform identity verification and offer high confidentiality.

Facial recognition scanner

Biometric facial recognition readers capture the 2D or 3D image of an individual’s face to detect the user’s mathematical patterns and match them to different images that are already in the database.

Retinal scan

In this case, the readers are biometric scanners that work by emitting a beam of infrared light (imperceptible) into the user’s eye, as soon as the user looks through the device.

Biometric iris scanner: the best reader for the pharmaceutical industry

How does iris recognition work?

Iris recognition works as follows: we obtain the iris information through a good resolution camera with infrared illumination that captures images of the iris structure. These images are then converted into digital templates that are stored in a database in the same reader. These provide a mathematical representation of the iris, which matches the person’s identification.


Advantages of biometric iris recognition

  • Each iris is unique, it has a distinct pattern. Therefore, each person has two patterns that cannot be interchanged. In fact, even the irises of two twin brothers are totally different.
  • The iris is protected by the cornea. Therefore, it is less likely to suffer injury, accident or surgery.
  • Capturing the iris is non-invasive and does not require contact. The person simply brings his or her eyes close to a sensor. No lightning, no flashes, no lasers.
  • It is easily detected as coming from a living person.
  • It remains unchanged longer than other traits. Experts have found that the iris also ages, but remains more stable than the face, fingerprint or voice.


Companies in the pharmaceutical sector often face the problem of insecurity in manufacturing processes, with data integrity being a fundamental part of GMP regulated environments. The FDA, EMA and other regulated agencies regulations include the obligation to unequivocally identify the person who performs each action. Mostly, a username and password are being used as an identifying signature, which leads to certain problems such as the one mentioned above.

By implementing iris biometric identification you can have a faster and error-free identification, the perfect solution to problems mentioned above. As it is known, in pharmaceutical laboratories, employees have to wear gloves, masks and goggles, so fingerprint or facial biometrics would suit the situation very well.

To have the maximum security in pharmaceutical laboratories it is necessary to have a reliable system to control the access as the one we have in Verazial ID Pharma, our biometric system by iris will offer you:

  • 100% secure authentications: without the possibility of an employee usurping the identity of another to report an action.
  • High ease of use: the employee signs with a quick glance at the iris sensor, even when wearing gloves, mask and goggles.
  • Improved efficiency: due to the speed of identification. The employee saves almost a week a year of time spent reporting their identification.

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