How Biometric Authentication Works

Security is an ever-present concern in today’s world. Increasingly, we are seeing how biometric
authentication, such as fingerprint identification, facial recognition, or DNA, is being used to enhance security systems.

Thanks to the prevalence of smartphones with touchscreens and high-definition cameras, it’s easier than ever before to implement these additional security protocols. The general public is embracing the technology as an easy way to prevent unauthorized access to accounts. In fact, 52% of consumers want banks to add fingerprint scans to banking apps.


But biometric technology goes far beyond fingerprints and facial recognition. Currently, there is advanced research being done about new and exciting ways to confirm identity. From analysis of fingernails, earlobes, and keystroke patterns, there are endless methods that are currently being explored, and each biometric has benefits and drawbacks.


For example, DNA is the most reliable identifier, and it does not change over the person’s life, making it a valuable long-term solution. However, DNA identification is not useful in identifying people over the Internet or at a distance. For example, a person walking in an airport wearing a hat and sunglasses cannot be identified via DNA, but it would be possible to identify them using thermal facial recognition.


As explained in the below infographic that was developed by
Avatier, some biometric identifiers create certainty, while others are used as secondary metrics that could be a part of multi-factor security protocol.

For example, identification via fingerprints is ubiquitous and long-term. This could be paired with a fingernail plate scan which scans the surface of the fingernail. Researchers are developing this secondary biometric method because of the potential benefits of having authentication that lasts only two months until the fingernail grows out. Transient identifiers such as these may be the way future IT managers make sure users regularly change their passwords.

Lean more about emerging and established biometric authentication methods, their history, and how they work.

How Biometric Authentication Works
How Biometric Authentication Works Created By: Avatier.com

About the Author: Oles Kosiuk is COO and one of the co-founders of Cheesefree, a marketing platform for local business to attract customers in real time. He also works in public relations for Secure Swiss Data, an encrypted email service. You can connect with Oles on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/oleskosiuk).

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Advancements in biometric identification management technology are moving so fast, it’s tough to predict just how much it will potentially change the world we live in. Biometrics are fundamentally changing identification management in a host of industries and governmental entities. There is no question that biometrics now touch virtually every  corner of the world to improve security, but what is perhaps most fascinating is the benefits biometrics have established that were once unforeseen which include establishing parity in societies that have traditionally lacked class equity.

Traditional identification technologies (passwords, PINs, plastic ID cards) are no longer reliable and quickly being supplanted with biometrics. For example, the increased focus on improving internet security to fight cybercrime has opened the door for the use of biometrics as a stand-alone solution, or as part of a multi-factor authentication strategy.

Although biometrics are not a new innovation, many are still unaware of its untapped potential as a very reliable technology with many deployment options and a variety of hardware choices, each with its own unique set of characteristics. Examples include:

From governments to corporate offices, borders to banks, biometric technology is now a part of just about every sector where identification management is needed.

Biometric technology is growing rapidly and the industry is quickly evolving to make the world a safer, more secure place to live. Governments are adopting biometrics to update passports, airports are adopting to improve security and convenience, border security guards are adopting to track criminals, and corporate offices are adopting biometrics to improve employee productivity.

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Biometrics in Movies Sci-Fi Security (Infographic)

Do you remember the first time you saw biometric technology? Was it in an early “Star Trek” episode or maybe in “2001: A Space Odyssey?” Have you noticed the biometrics used in recent movies like “Dredd,” “District 9,” or “Ex Machina?”

Biometrics have long been used in science fiction movies to portray a futuristic world of advanced technology. From retina scans to voice identification and facial recognition, we’ve seen these technologies on the big screen for more than 50 years.

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Are Cloud Applications The Future of Biometric Identification Management?

Cloud computing is the future of our digital world. It is proven to be a more affordable and convenient solution to store and secure data. Biometric identification management technology utilizes cloud computing, rendering it more reliable and fast, freeing up resources, and creating once unforeseen efficiencies to help increase utility and security.

Cloud Applications

Cloud Applications. Source: Pixabay

There are reasons behind the increasing popularity of cloud applications in biometric identification management. These include:

  • Multimodal biometrics (a combination of fingerprint, palm vein, finger vein, iris, palm print, DNA, voice, and facial) are now widely adopted by governments, fintech, and private companies. Multimodal biometric deployments generate a lot of data which is expensive to store, risky to manage, and time consuming. Consequently, the cloud is an ideal candidate for multimodal biometric deployments.
  • Adopting a cloud biometric identification system enables you to be free of employing an in-house team to manage the system. It will not only save money but also help you to concentrate on your core business and competencies.
  • Considering smart spaces, access control applications, mobile applications, and ambient intelligence environments, cloud based biometric solutions provides you excellent deployment flexibilities.
  • In terms of speed, cloud computing is far superior to in-house, traditional biometric technology hosting environments. It also speeds up the workforce by reducing the system complexity of an in-house team.
  • You have the luxury of parallel processing capabilities in cloud applications where several people can work with the same data without any issues.
  • Cloud applications reduce the cost of buying infrastructure including hardware which is a huge burden to many startup companies.

Understanding that cloud applications are the future of cloud computing, you can let us know your opinion by voting in our latest poll on Twitter entitled “Cloud applications are the future of biometric identification management”.

How Law Enforcement Agencies are Using Biometrics

How Law Enforcement Agencies are Using Biometrics

Biometric identification management technology is so efficient for security purposes that law enforcement agencies around the world are embracing it with open arms. They strategically use either a physiological modality, a behavioral modality or a combination of both — the most common modalities in use are fingerprints, iris and facial recognition, gait, and voice recognition. The rapid implementation of biometrics has sparked a revolution within the global law enforcement and security industry.

Law Enforcement Biometrics

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Is Biometric Technology The “Go To” Solution To Prevent Bank Fraud?

Introduction

Data breaches in banking have become commonplace all over the world. Most banks and financial institutions continue to rely on historical password based security systems which are increasingly susceptible to cyber breaches and no longer able to reliably secure data or to prevent bank fraud.

Continuous data breaches in the banking industry clearly demonstrates how antiquated existing identification security is, and something has to change. Due to the challenges that passwords, personal identification numbers (PINs) and physical ID cards present, the banking industry is searching for new technologies which can provide stronger data protection from hackers and they are now considering biometric solutions to solve the problem.

Banking Data

Is biometric identification management technology the answer to improving bank security and creating an indisputable, concrete audit trail of transactions? Image Source: Pexels.com

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Why is Iris Recognition Biometrics Becoming Dominant?

Iris recognition is a biometric modality which captures a photo of the eye pattern, converts the photo to a binary template and then saves the data to a server for future matching. Iris cameras are used to recognize an individual’s unique identity by analyzing the random, unique patterns which visibly appear inside their eye from a certain distance. It utilizes multiple technologies including optics, statistical conclusions, pattern recognition, and computer vision.

Iris recognition biometrics is widely considered to be the most accurate biometric modality among those currently available in the market. A recent Twitter poll we conducted asked what the public feels is the most reliable biometric modality and results indicated that most people trust the reliability and accuracy of iris recognition technology over any other biometric alternative.

IRIS Camera

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2016 Biometric Industry Year-End Review

2016 will be remembered as a prolific year for the biometric industry. More countries have started integrating biometric identification checks for government services including:

Private companies are also leaping into the world of biometrics. 2016 brought a surge of private investment into the use of biometrics to help:

At the end of 2016 we can safely say that the biometric industry shows continued strong growth potential and is now, perhaps used more than ever around the globe and well positioned to continue its spread to additional industries in the near future.

2016 biometric year in review

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2016 biometric year in review

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Recruitment vs increasing employee productivity: Which one is better?

There are two easy ways to improve workforce productivity: increase working hours by hiring new employees which increases production, or increase current workforce productivity. Both ways improve productivity, but which one is more efficient?

Recruiting new employees is typical for companies that grow and expand. Fresher employers can also provide previously unknown new ideas and perspectives.

However, at some point companies need to think about better capitalizing on the experience level of their current workforce. What is often discovered when evaluating staff experience is that progress remained stagnant because proper procedures were never established that address employee motivation.

 

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