Bayometric Biometric Network Logon 2007 R2
Strengths: Fully integrated biometric logon for Windows networks.
Weaknesses: Documentation could have used a quick-start guide; support is minimal at a free level.
Verdict: Good features, easy to use and a good performer. With a bit more affordable support package, this would be a top choice for logical access control.
SummaryBiometric Network Logon 2007 R2 from Bayometric offers a fully integrated server-/client-based biometric logon system for Microsoft Windows networks. This product allows for secure biometric finger- and thumbprint workstation logon through use of Microsoft Active Directory. However, if desired, the product can also work in standalone mode for targeted logon with a single machine.
This tool was a quick install and it was simple to configure. The installation is comprised of two parts. The first is to install the server component on the domain controller (DC). The installation adds the appropriate user groups to Active Directory and installs the services for the server. After the server is installed, the client application can be distributed through a group policy software installation, which can be completely automated. Configuration is just as simple. Users are configured by adding them to the appropriate group and setting the user to enroll on the next logon.
This product provides user group templates to accommodate various logon types. Users can be set to authenticate through the use of fingerprint and username, fingerprint only, or fingerprint, username and password. The enrollment process is also intuitive to the user. The first time they logon, they are prompted to go through a quick wizard that gets them enrolled in the system.
Documentation is provided as a few HTML help files. These are simple, but effective.
Bayometric offers free email support to customers, as well as case-by-case paid phone and chat support. Customers can also purchase customization options for the product. The paid support is a monthly fee based on the type of support needed.
At a price of $100 per user license before the hardware, we find this tool to be a good value for the money. While it can become quite expensive for large environments, we find that it provides a solid and seamless integration into the network.