What is biometric software?
Biometric identification, verification, and authentication relies not only on the proper sensors used to capture biological data, it also requires the algorithms and software to store, encrypt, match and compare the fingerprints, irises, vein patterns, and facial features captured by a solution. Biometric software/middleware takes care of these processes, and it’s no simple task. Biometric data is used to protect high risk data and physical areas, so proper storage, encryption and strong matching capabilities are essential. In verification scenarios, during which biometrics are matched against extremely large databases, an efficient and accurate identification system can mean the difference between a positive result in a matter of seconds, or a negative one.
Software can also be leveraged to add biometric capabilities to mobile and web apps, taking advantage of the increasingly robust biometric capture capabilities of today’s smartphones. A camera might just be a camera, and a microphone just a microphone, until the right software is applied turning it into a biometric identification device.
Where can I find biometric software?
The algorithms that allow for matching and encryption of biometric data are a part of every biometric solution. Any sensor you come in contact with for biometric ID purposes is running on some kind of algorithm that allows it to function properly. Even the fingerprint sensor on your phone has a software component, enabling it to tell teh difference between your thumb on the home button or an impostor’s.
Biometric software can be found integrated into apps, allowing face, fingerprint, voice, iris, or vein pattern authentication for everything from mobile banking to re-enforcing online account passwords. It can also be applied in a law enforcement capacity, turning closed circuit camera networks into biometric security systems or comparing fingerprints scanned in the field to person of interest databases.
As a solutions type, biometric software and middleware are incredibly versatile. As a component of a biometric system, they are essential.
How is biometric software making a difference?
Voice biometric software is turning the call center experience into a much more convenient prospect for customers in finance. Banks have been deploying voice biometric software so cut down on phone fraud and to provide high levels of assurance to customers without the need for annoying security questions.
Biometric liveness detection software is making it possible for biometric solutions to detect false biometrics used by hackers in presentation attacks.
Some of the best software based biometric systems are finding ways to quickly compare biometrics against massive biometric databases that also contain biographic data, allowing for innovations in some of the world’s biggest identity projects in civil ID and law enforcement.