Strengths: Easy to install and integrates several authentication methods, along with biometrics
Weaknesses: None that we found
Verdict: Multi-factor authentication tool (biometrics, proximity cards, etc) for physical access control. Recommended
The V-Station is like the V-Pass, but on steroids. This device offers physical security control, but rather than just being a fingerprint reader, it also uses PIN numbers, prox cards or contactless smart cards. This provides the utmost in biometric, integrated security to restricted access areas across the enterprise.
The V-Station can also be integrated with the other V-Pass readers to provide additional flexibility.
Similarly to V-Pass, this tool uses the VeriAdmin software for management, and the set-up and enrolment procedure is identical to that of the V-Pass, except for two differences.
At the time of enrolment, the user is also assigned a PIN number, which they must enter before the device will scan their fingerprint.
The second major difference is that the V-Station is able to communicate over the ethernet, which means the management station can be located anywhere on the network, rather than requiring a direct connection to the reader itself.
This product performed well in our test. We had no trouble setting up the station and enrolling users.
We also liked the fact that we could put the reader into administration mode and set certain parameters on it, such as IP address, which made the task of setting up communication quick and easy.
The documentation is very similar to that of the V-Pass. The installation guide and operations manual cover the same topics, but are geared to the V-Station. It also includes screen shots, wiring diagrams and charts.
The device comes with technical support of the same level as the the V-Pass.
At a price of c£1,100 per reader, this product may seem quite expensive on the surface, but it can integrate several levels of authentication, with biometrics the icing on the cake.
The V-Station's combined ease of use and management, along with the several authentication factors, make this a great value product for securing highly-restricted areas.