Other Uses of Biometrics – Convenience
Biometrics offers other uses than the ones you’re probably familiar with such as hand print, iris, and fingerprint which can all be used to ensure that you are who you say you are, and that information can be used in many different ways. Biometrics uses your unique, individual characteristics to identify you. The most obvious of these is security, but there are many other uses as well.
When someone asks what biometrics is used for, the first thing that comes up is generally security. If you can be identified without fail as yourself, you can key locks to unlock, or not, depending on whether or not you should have access to whatever property or data has been locked. This is what the technology was originally developed to do. However, with the increasing availability and lowering cost of the technology we are finding other uses for it, more and more ways in which our lives are being made easier through biometrics.
Some of the uses of biometrics other than the traditionally mentioned security are within the consumer marketplace. Buying and selling are being affected more and more by the ability to identify a consumer, as part of a general group or specifically. If a person can be identified via physical characteristics, a piece of technology can customize itself to that person. Settings can be modified, color changed, smell altered; specific data sets used according to what that person has determined desirable.
Resellers can determine whether a person is able to buy a restricted item based on their identity. Advertisers can market a product to a person’s specific target group once that person’s age, sex or interests can be identified.
Handwriting is as individual as a thumb print. Technology is now being developed that uses biometrics to identify handwriting as easily as it can a thumb print. Not only can police use this in forensics, but a person can use it, for example, to securely identify them when signing a credit card receipt or check. Biometrics is expanding to include characteristics other than the physical ones mentioned above.
Big business is finding other uses for biometrics as well. Companies are using biometrics to track employee behaviour. It becomes easy to track an employee’s time and attendance when the employee must have an iris scan or a thumb print to enter or leave work. Taxi cabs & delivery trucks are also being equipped with RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) equipment to detect time, distance, and proper usage.
With the growing concerns about the security and legitimacy of the democratic voting process, another use of biometrics has come into being. Government is using it to help with fraud prevention in elections. It is being used to verify a voter’s identity, and keep people from voting more than once. Biometrics is allowing statisticians to know who is voting and how many, while ensuring that only one vote is being cast per person.
Biometrics began as a method of identifying people for security reasons, and verifying that they were where they were supposed to be, and that others were not being given access to areas or data where they were not permitted. As the technology gains in popularity and decreases in price, other, newer and more innovative uses of the technology are coming into being with increasing frequency. Biometrics is now being used in ways ranging from fraud prevention in elections to your car knowing whether you like country or classical on the radio dial, and whether you’re more likely to want to know where the local KFC is than the nearest fancy restaurant, and it will be able to make sure that you are you when you sign the credit card receipt after your meal.
Biometrics is rapidly turning from something used by only those who could afford it, to many other uses in everyday tasks, which you will discover in the links found below:
Morpho (Safran group) is the world leader in multi-biometric technologies – fingerprint, iris and face -, a global leader in the fields of smart cards and identification systems. Our solutions meet a wide range of security needs for individuals, businesses and governments worldwide, including identity management, physical and logical access control. Product and Services: Fingerprint, Airports/Border Control, Financial/Transactional and HealthCare/HIPAA.
Lumidigm has developed and deployed a fingerprint sensor that uses multispectral imaging to capture superior images quickly, on all people, in all environmental conditions. The Lumidigm platform also provides award-winning “liveness” protection. With commercial partners, venture funding, and government sponsors, Lumidigm provides identity management for civil identification, point-of-sale, physical and logical access, and portable electronic device applications. Products & services: Biometric Sensors and Detectors, Fingerprint Readers, Border Control / Airports, Consumer / Residential Biometrics, Fingerprint and Biometric Locks, Justice / Law Enforcement, Logical Access Control, Mobile Biometrics, Other Uses of Biometrics, Physical Access Control, Time and Attendance.
ZKTeco is a leading global developer and manufacturer of security and time management solutions headquartered in Shenzhen. It is subdivided into 5 business segment/divisions–ZKSoftware, ZKAccess, ZKiVision, ZKBiolock and ZKAFIS. Its products range from Multi-biometric and RFTD identification Time & Attendance solutions to Access Control solutions like IP-based standalone access control, networked access control panel, readers, and tripod turnstile, from IP Cameras and total surveillance solutions to consumer products, such as intelligent biometric lock, RFID hotel lock. ZKAFIS is engaging in providing economic and reliable AFIS solutions. Products and Services: Biometric Sensors and Detectors, Fingerprint Readers, Facial Recognition, Middleware / Software, Consumer / Residential Biometrics, Fingerprint and Biometric Locks, Logical Access Control, Mobile Biometrics , Other Uses of Biometrics, Physical Access Control, Time and Attendance.
Smartmatic is a multinational company that designs and deploys technological solutions aimed at helping governments to fulfill, in the most efficient way, their commitments toward their citizens. With a wide and proven experience in the United States, Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, Smartmatic is an important cutting-edge technology supplier for Governments. Smartmatic has more than 600 employees worldwide, with offices in the U.S, United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Belgium, Mexico, Barbados, Brazil, Panama, Venezuela, Philippines, India and Taiwan. For more information, please visit www.smartmatic.com Products & Services: Fingerprint Readers, Facial Recognition, Biometrics Consultants, Iris Scanner & Recognition, Voice / Speech Recognition, Border, Justice, Other, Physical Justice / Law Enforcement, Border Control, Physical Access Control, Other
MorphoTrak provides the technology and performance trusted by FBI NGI for 10-print, latent, and RISC fast-ID matching and 50% of U.S. State Law Enforcement. Reporting to Morpho, MorphoTrak is part of the world’s largest biometric company. Morpho is a leading innovator of interoperable biometric identification systems as well as finger/palm/vein, facial and iris recognition. With 40 years’ experience, Morpho technology serves more than 450 government agencies in over 100 countries and is consistently ranked #1 by NIST for enrollment and matching accuracy. For more information, visit www.morpho.com/USA
Products & services: Biometric Sensors and Detectors, Facial Recognition, Fingerprint Readers, Iris Scanners & Recognition, Smart Cards, Border Control / Airports, Consumer / Residential Biometrics, Justice / Law Enforcement, Logical Access Control, Mobile Biometrics, Other Uses of Biometrics, Physical Access Control, Time and Attendance, Hand Readers & Finger Scanners, Middleware/Software, Vein Recognition.
FaceFirst provides a fully automated, user friendly, turnkey mobile and live-video surveillance facial recognition system which generates automated alerts whenever a face match above a user defined probability is reached. FaceFirst has a completely open and scalable, system architecture. FaceFirst technology excels in low resolution environments enabling real-world performance. Products and services: Facial recognition, Justice & Law Enforcement, Physical Access, Mobile Biometrics and Financial Transactional.
Northstar provides recruiting services specifically for companies providing or implementing Biometric technology. We assist our clients in attracting top talent, always delivering quality candidates with outstanding records. By blending proven recruiting methods and adhering to the highest levels of ethical professionalism, we function not just as a vendor, but also as a full resource for our clients. We view our role as that of "partner" for our clients and we strive for "best fit" when matching candidates with job opportunities. Products & services: Biometrics Consultants.