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What Is Biometrics?

Biometrics is the science of using digital technology to identify individuals based on the individual's unique physical and biological qualities. Simply, biometrics is the technique of verifying a person's identity from a physical characteristic (i.e., fingerprint, hand print, face, scent, thermal image, or iris pattern), or personal trait (voice pattern, handwriting, or acoustic signature).

 The first modern biometric device was introduced commercially over 20 years ago when a machine that measured finger length was installed for a time-keeping application at Shearson Hamil on Wall Street. There are now over 10,000 computer rooms, vaults, research labs, day care centers, blood banks, ATMs, and military establishments to which access is controlled using devices that scan an individual's unique characteristics.

Biometrics may be the best way to authenticate users. "The future is biometrics," said Joel Lisker, a former FBI agent who is currently a vice president in charge of security and risk management for MasterCard International, Inc. MasterCard is utilizing a hand scanner system and did consider voice recognition, face recognition, and eye-scanning security systems.  


Biometrics has been found to be the most reliable and accurate method of identification for security, time and attendance and access. It has proven to be the most cost effective and accurate way of gaining true identity. 


In this age of DNA and biometrics, accuracy, not speculation is the only acceptable method of verification.




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