Strengths: Many authentication options, including fingerprint reading, bundled into one device.
Weaknesses: None that we found.
Verdict: Rich with options and straightforward to manage, this is our Recommended product this month.
SummaryDigitalPersona Pro is a system that integrates fingerprint-based authentication into an already existing Microsoft Active Directory database. The server software modifies the AD schema to create a seamless implementation through the use of Group Policy Objects. This integration makes for easy deployment and administration of the system and also allows any domain user who is enrolled to logon to any workstation using their fingerprint.
The installation and deployment is quite easy and straightforward, even considering the idea that the AD schema must be modified. The modification is done by running an executable file included on the installation CD, and that is it. Installation of the server is then done by running a short installation wizard and adding the templates to the Group Policy. On the client side, installation consists of running the short installation wizard, which sets up the software and installs the drivers needed for the fingerprint scanner. After the software and drivers are installed, the first time a user logs on to the domain they are taken through an easy-to-follow enrollment wizard. This system provides a seamless way to easily integrate biometric fingerprint authentication into an existing enterprise infrastructure.
Documentation includes a short server installation sheet and a PDF administration guide. The installation sheet details the initial setup of the product, including how to modify the AD schema and install the templates.
DigitalPersona offers two software maintenance and support plans with various levels of support options, as well as phone and email-based tech support. Users can also access a free web FAQ app, which can help answer product questions.
At a price of $70 per workstation, this product can become quite expensive for large environments. However, we do find it to be a great value for the money based on its ability to integrate so well into the existing environment. So really, the only expense is the cost of the scanners and software.