Biometrics is nothing more than a recognition system based on physiological or behavioral characteristics. Most simply, it’s an advanced way of punching a time clock with your fingerprint or other personal input. Primary benefits of biometrics over other systems are the guaranteed uniqueness and permanence of each person’s input and the extremely enhanced safety over PIN and more standard access methods. There can be no mistake of who did what, when and where, using a biometric system.
Workstation, network and domain access, single entry sign-ons, application logs, data protection, remote access, basic entry and exit, transaction security; this is just touching all the possible applications of a good biometric system. Basically, wherever identification or verification is needed, there is no more secure method than biometrics.
The six most common forms of biometric recognition are: fingerprints, facial, voice, iris, hand and finger, and signature verification. The two primary ethical considerations are how the information will be stored and who will have access to it.
The technology of biometrics is now standardized to such a degree that consumer level personal computers and “smart” phones carry the option of biometric security. New algorithm applications assure speedy and precise recognition of any of the six primary scans. More than likely, there is nothing in the technology of a biometric system that you are not already using in your personal computer station.
Biometrics are here to stay. In the years to come, the idea of carrying a house or car key will seem as outdated as a 35mm film camera. The absolute certainty and security of identification built into them is sufficient reason alone to upgrade to this remarkable, accessible and cost effective technology. If I can answer any questions you have about converting over, please call.