Current issues on biometric technology

With growing acceptance and the use of biometric technology, particularly in the government sectors, financial services and health sectors, biometrics has recently attracted a lot of attention. It is not unusual that people have questions about new technologies. Here are some answers to some of the most commonly asked questions.

1. What exactly is biometric technology?

Biometric technology involves the use of biometrics to identify individuals. Biometrics are intrinsic physical characteristics. The most commonly used biometrics are fingerprints, but many others include hand footprints, eye scans, voice recognition, etc.

Biometric technology has attracted the most attention as part of a security system replacing the standard buttons, passwords, and security badges commonly used today and replacing them with a biometric. The advantage is a more secure system because it is much easier to steal or duplicate a key, password or security badge that it is a fingerprint.

2. Will the cut or scraped fingers be caused by problems of identification with biometric systems?

No. The model stored in the biometric database is not all the fingerprint, just enough to be able to verify identity. Several sections of the finger are stored, so if a section is cut or scraped, another section can be used for verification. In addition, most systems allow registrants to digitize a finger from each hand in case the finger most often used for identification is not available for scanning if it is in case of distribution or A band-tape covers.

3. Do biometric systems store images of the fingerprint?

No, as mentioned in the previous answer. Only digital representations of specific points on the fingerprint are stored, not the entire image. This provides security because there is no fingerprint image to compromise. Automated fingerprint identification systems (AFIS) used by the application of the law store an image of the fingerprint for obvious reasons, but the biometric systems used for safety purposes do not do so.

4. Can the stored fingerprint models be used by the law?

No. Please see the answer to the previous question. Biometric safety systems do not store the entire image of the fingerprint only specific points that can be used to identify a person with respect to the fingerprint on the finger scanner. Once the identity of a verified person, the image is thrown and the model will not contain enough information to create an image of the fingerprint.

5. What are the benefits of biometric systems?

Biometric safety systems provide a higher level of security because authorized users are not required to memorize passwords or PIN codes that can be forgotten or compromised. There is also no need for keys or smart cards that can be lost, stolen or lost. Individuals are identified by fingerprints. When did the last time you have heard about a lost or stolen fingerprint? Of course, fingerprints can be raised with common objects such as glasses, but biometric systems also guarantee that the finger presented comes from a living human, so that a molding or a plaster photo does not deceive the system.

There is much more to biometric systems than can be covered in this brief article and biometric technology is progressing at such a rapid pace, it is difficult to keep pace, but it should be easy to see the benefits proposed by biometric systems on conventional security systems. And biometric home security systems are already produced, which will not be long before using fingerprint scanners to get an entrance to your home and your car.