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During the next 10 years we will watch many different biometric applications evolve, as biometrics have the unique ability to improve convenience, efficiency and security, as long as they are used in the proper way.
There are many Biometrics in use today. The entire list is too long to reel off completely and would enter the realms of the bizarre – human smell being one of the stranger concepts to have been considered. But for starters, there is fingerprint, face (two- dimensional and three-dimensional), iris, voice, hand and finger geometry, vein, retina and signature. These are all being used today to verify or discover identity in applications around the globe.
According to new research by LogicaCMG, 84 percent of people in Europe would be happy to use their fingerprint or iris scan to prove who they were when travelling abroad.
Organisations increasingly understand that voice biometrics could not only save them money, but also provide added benefits to customers and staff.
Biometrics go back a lot further than you think –perhaps even to Egyptian times. It is believed that workers of the day were sometimes identified from easy to measure bodily characteristics such as eye colour, height or scars. This was to ensure workers did not claim more provisions than they were entitled to- much in the same way as today’s Governments are looking at biometrics as an answer to lessen benefit fraud.
In December 2002, ISO (The International Standards Organisation) set up a group called SC37, which has responded rapidly to demands from industry to deliver biometric standards that support the mass adoption of biometric technologies. This includes the use of face data interchange formats within the first generation biometric passport now being issued by the UK’s Identity and Passport Service.
An automated border processing system –called Smart Gate Series 1 –is to begin operating in Australia from February next year. The system is designed to match a live facial image of a traveller against the digitised photo stored on the chip embedded within their ePassport.
Its ultimate aim is to have passengers check in before getting to the airport via the Internet or at self-service kiosks in train stations or large companies. They would then arrive at the airport and check in their baggage automatically using the biometric system to create the important luggage –passenger link.
As a technology provider, IBM’s processors are used by most of the leading biometric vendors to power their software. With today’s security challenges, it is results that count. IBM not only has extensive knowledge biometric based systems, but also has a framework for implementing cutting – edge technologies designed to enhance them. What is more, IBM can leverage its worldwide network of strategic collaborative relationships to match up each strategic objective with the most appropriate world-class technology.
The number of passwords the average person has to remember is spiralling out of control. For those people seeking an answer to password overload there are options out there, and biometrics are increasingly being considered as cost effective. Configurations range from securing a single PC using a mouse with embedded fingerprint sensor to network based logon solutions.
Dr KH Shum, RCG’s chief technology Officer, whose R&D team has perfected the combined RFID/biometric concept says, ‘RFID is an emerging technology for ‘tagging’ human beings. It has many benefits and could appear in the form of a staff card, an RFID wristband for patients or newborn babies in health care industry, among many other applications.
The sickening terrorist events of September 11th 2001 changed the world forever. In the USA, alongside its grief, an almost immediate reaction was for all levels of government to cooperate like never before to strengthen aviation and border security.
The rectangular golden symbol at the bottom of the page of your passport means that you are now officially part of an expanding international movement which is seeing millions of citizens worldwide being given passports containing embedded contactless microchips.
Hollywood and the United Arab Emirates share something in common. Fascinated with biometrics, both entities love to depict their biometric systems as rapidly functioning, virtually infallible high technology whose only means of defeat lie in elaborate spoofing or hacking schemes. Several biometric vendors support this notion, claiming their products can work in a matter of milliseconds and with absoule precision of identification.
A common myth is that you could bypass a biometric system using stolen body parts. With most biometric devices it is possible to include ‘liveness detection’ which works by measuring a variety of variables, from a finger pulse to an eye pupil’s response. Other things to bear in mind when talking about stolen body parts is that an extracted eyeball quickly decomposes, and a severed finger also dies rapidly – typically becoming useless after about 10 minutes.
Mathematically speaking, a better way is to store all information-biographic and biometric –about each individual in one single database in order to create profiles of each person.
To the uninformed, this may sound like a Big Brother science fiction nightmare. However, I am sorry to say, it seems to be happening right here in the UK, with innocent individuals being assigned criminal records incorrectly and without their knowledge. We are in reality creating a virtual police state in this land of ours, once noted for its fair play and democratic ideals.
BMS Biometrics has just released the next version of its Secure Network Fingerprint Logon Solution.
Biometric hand geometry readers have been installed at the Port of Felixstowe, which requires all truck drivers to biometrically identify themselves.
Aware has announced a suite of biometrics software tools designed for use by integrators to help develop enrolment, card personalization and card reader systems for applications such as fingerprint, background checks, border management, ePassports and smart card ID’s.
since 2001, dramatic changes have occurred in the political, social and economic landscape. From these stem three things suggesting biometrics is on the verge of a boom. Biometrics will afford opportunities to rethink marketing targeting and messaging in the real, virtual and wireless- delivered retail environments, and good customers and forward thinking companies should both benefit from this.
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Originally posted by sigung86
I don't know as much as I could, or perhaps, should about computer science. However, I feel like I should ask the question, "What did you expect"?
For the most part, civilized society has become enslaved by the computer. What I will, euphemistically state as, "most jobs" in our civilized societies revolve around support or skillful use of computers. Computers, on the surface, tend to make life simpler. unfortunately, what many people do not consider is the cost of that simplification. Computers have almost become a cradle to grave business.
In the US, one cannot be born and exist any longer without a social security number that is tracked by computers. It is illegal to not have the social security number.
For birthdays, Christmas, Hannukah, and other gift holidays, children are given play stations, x-boxes, and all the supporting software. Most schools now require students to have computer courses, or to at least use computers in their education process.
How often do you use a computer in your daily life? Do you have to have one at work? Is it supported by staff? Does the company you work for track your email? Your use of computer time for productivity vs porn exploration, or perhaps, online gambling?
Do you, as a computer support individual, if you are one, go into work with the intent of staying until the job is done, sometimes staying at work for 10 to 12 hours at a time? Working on weekends, all weekend? How does this impact your family life? Your external social life? Do you Geek out and go to a bar with fellow "computerians" and discuss the latest science, fixes, problems over a pint or a mixed drink, and perhaps hot wings?
Do you, while at work, and/or at home, spend a lot of time in front of the keyboard cruisng your favorite sites, responding to emails, and perhaps, IM chatting with folks you may not be able to pick out, physically, in a crowd of two? e.g. I have a great friend that I have had for about 6 years. We have met, face to face, one time only. The rest of it has evolved through the use of IM.