Nairobi, Wednesday, 7th June, 2017 … Milestone … Lands and Physical Planning CS, Prof. Jacob Kaimenyi has today launched a Security technique, the Biometric Access Control System (BACS) to regulate movement of people at the Ministry headquarters at Ardhi House in Nairobi. BACS is a visible deterrent that has been installed at the main entrance with biometric fingerprint and card readers to track when employees or visitors enter into the building and when they leave the building. The system verifies identity, allows entry, tracks time and denies access to the restricted areas.

Staff are using both biometric access cards and fingerprints to access the restricted locations for security, time attendance management. Visitors are using access cards that are restricted to access specific floors to regulate their flow into and through areas they need and at the same time prevents them from entering where they shouldn’t. Prof Kaimenyi said that the new system completely locks out civilians from visiting certain floors where access is restricted to avert instances where files go missing or details are altered to facilitate theft or deprivation of land.

“BACS is aimed at improving staff output by ensuring they report to work on time.” Said the Land CS. He said that the system also safeguards records to avoid cases of missing files. “Every ministry employee will now be required to have an identity card at all times to access their work stations and thus the ability to question their frequent presence at other locations.” Said Prof. Kaimenyi. The Land CS said his ministry is keen on serving Kenyans and this means enhancing staff capacity to fight graft and be accountable for the work they do.

Prof Kaimenyi highlighted the benefits of BACS as follows:

  • Accurate Identification

While traditional security systems are reliant on personal identification cards and badges, this biometric access control system has biological characteristics of fingerprint which is unique and an accurate identification method that cannot be easily duplicated.

  • Accountability

The system creates a clear, definable audit trail of locations or floors accessed. Meaning a person can be directly connected to a particular action or an event. This is especially handy in case of security breaches because the management can trace who is responsible for the action.

  • Enhanced Security

The system can’t be guessed or forged due to its enhanced biological features of fingerprints and access cards restricted to access specific locations hence safeguarding Ministry equipment and registry records.it has empowered the management to circumvent issues like undocumented access, ID swapping and manual badge checks.

  • Improve service delivery to the public

The system gives advanced insights to the management on which areas are being frequented the most by the public and time taken. This has enabled the management to make quick decisions on how to improve service delivery on the areas the public is experiencing delays.

  • Improve staff management

The system creates reports showing staff movements and time keeping. This will eliminating the problems of staff reporting to work very late or not reporting to work at all.

  • Scalability

The access control system is very flexible and easily scalable to higher level of security with more discriminable features to increase identification accuracy and security within the building. The launch was attended by among others the lands PS, Dr. Nicholas Muraguri, Housing PS, Arch. Idah Munano, Public Works PS, Arch. Mariam el Maawy and NLC chairman, Prof. Muhammad Swazuri. Dr. Nicholas Muraguri, told Kenyans not to be afraid of accessing the building but rather see the system as a way to enhance security and safeguard the documents at the Ministry headquarters. NLC Chair, Prof. Muhammad Swazuri, noted that the new system is not to bar anyone from accessing the building, but to ensure security of records, visits with a genuine purpose and to hasten service delivery.

BY JOSEPH KAMUTU MWANGI

HEAD/PUBLIC COMMUNICATIONS UNIT

Lands and Physical Planning CS Prof. Jacob Kaimenyi is seen accessing the Biometric Access Control System during the BACS Launch at Ardhi House Hqs, Nairobi   DSC_9420     

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