02 January 2013



Industry Focus: The ProxNet 647-50 Fingerprint Reader


ProxNet’s new fingerprint reader deals a mortal blow for criminals

Unfortunately it’s not just criminals on the outside who threaten the security and prosperity of businesses – the deceitful within can also have a devastating effect on profits. 


So says Valerie Bingham, product manager for Elvey Security Technologies, which supplies a range of world-class access control products to the security and other industries. 


Among these is the fingerprint reader and specifically the ProxNet 647-50 from GSC Systems, which is being used with considerable success to prevent unauthorised access to premises, to stop buddy clocking and to safeguard valuables.


According to Mrs. Bingham, more and more businesses are implementing fingerprint access control systems, which work on the premise that no two people anywhere on earth have the same fingerprints.  “As a result, this is one of the most accurate and reliable methods for identifying staff and customers on the market today.”


Since fingerprint identification began its transition to automation in the late 1960s[i], governments, mines, petrochemical plants (SASOL), refineries, private manufacturing concerns and educational facilities, have increasingly embraced the technology to ensure the protection of their people and assets. 


Not only is it used to keep trespassers off the premises, it is also key to controlling the movement of staff members within the buildings, says Mrs. Bingham.  “An access control system allows security managers to restrict or grant admittance to specified areas such as those containing classified information, dangerous equipment or valuables.  In the event of a breach or incident, security managers can pull full reports on everyone who has entered or left the protected site and in so doing, take the appropriate corrective action.”


With this in mind, she readily recommends GSC System’s ProxNet 647-50 fingerprint reader, which makes it possible to control access to any edifice. It does so by verifying users’ fingerprints and then sending their associated card or individual numbers to the system for validation, she explains.  Acceptance or rejection is then indicated by a multi-coloured LED (Light Emitting Diode).


The 647-50, which requires a separate connection for the template management with the link being either the RS-232 or the RS-485, runs on a Windows (2000 /XP /Vista /Windows7) operating system, though not necessarily on the computer that runs the ProxNet system.


One of its most impressive attributes is that it allows templates created and used on one unit to be transferred in their entirety or selectively uploaded to other units on the network, thereby making it possible to grant restricted access to specified personnel.


The number of users that can be stored depends on the number of templates enrolled per user. (She recommends that at least two fingerprints per person be enrolled so that in the event of a finger injury, the second fingerprint can be used to allow access.)


Concludes Mrs. Bingham: “Whatever your access control needs, whether protecting valuable information, stock, equipment, securing different areas or controlling who’s entering the building, the GSC 647-50 should fit perfectly into your environment.”





Prepared and submitted by Priyesh Jagjivan

Elvey Security Technologies

Tel: (011) 401 6700

[i] The National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) USA

Elvey Marketing