The success of a biometric system often depends on choosing the right biometric modality, but it isn’t easy. Careful research that includes rigorous comparisons of modality strengths and weaknesses is an important element to help select the right hardware. Factors to consider in the comparison may include: specifications, convenience, usability, acceptability, effectiveness, and budget.
The world is rapidly evolving fueled by new technologies that exist to create efficiencies never thought possible. In workforce management, many companies are considering the adoption of new technologies such as biometrics to create efficiencies and save money.
For example, fingerprint, finger vein, iris, and palm vein biometrics are common modalities garnering more attention around the world as viable solutions that can be used for individual identification in different areas such as identity management, employee time and attendance, point of sale (POS) access, and more. The use of biometrics to create workforce management efficiencies is a growing trend to increase identification accuracy and security as well as to boost employee accountability, productivity, and business profits.
There are nearly 7 billion mobile subscriptions worldwide, estimates The International Telecommunication Union which is equivalent to 95.5 percent of the world population. The world is more connected than ever before and every smartphone user wants to be sure about personal data security in the digital age. For years, the password was the only secured way of authentication, but times have changed and passwords are now much easier to hack and harder to remember as they increase in complexity. Alternatively, we have seen a precipitous rise in the use of biometrics to replace passwords because the technology has proven to be much more convenient and less time-consuming than passwords. Mobile phones and biometrics are a winning combination in the mass market, allowing the technology to become much more widely accepted.
Did you know that biometric identification management technology has been around since the 19th century when police began to use it to track criminals? The implementation of biometric technology is around us and expanding fast, quickly becoming a part of everyday life.
A number of biological characteristics such as fingerprints, finger and palm vein patterns, and iris and voice recognition have proven to be useful in the evolution of biometrics and biometric identification capabilities are now becoming standard on many devices we use each day.
Listed here are 5 ways biometric technology is impacting your everyday life:
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Thank you to the team at TechNavio for naming M2SYS as a “key player” in the emerging biometric technology field for our multi-modal biometrics software platform that supports biometric modalities including: DNA, fingerprint, finger vein, palm vein, iris, and facial recognition.
The Technvaio report prognosticates a bright future for the global emerging biometrics technologies market, predicting a market currently valued at $555 million to quickly double in the next four years to $1.04 billion. Fueling the growth for these emerging biometric technologies is growth of the industry in: government, gaming, and healthcare. Continue reading →
Biometric technology is constantly evolving in today’s digital security world and as we reach mid-year 2015, it is time to take a look at the previous months of this year and identify the top 3 trends in biometrics security technology thus far.
In today’s technological world – communicating, banking, travelling, doing business online, using government services, accessing the cloud or benefiting from the Internet of Things (IoT) – consumers utilize digital security technology every day. In many of these markets, biometric security technology is precipitously increasing as a more secure technology to protect data access than passwords or personal identification numbers (PINs). If you are planning to adopt biometric technology in 2015, here’s a look at the latest industry trends. Continue reading →
Every business owner realizes that any kind of gap in security policies can lead to serious consequences. For example, you might get infected by a computer worm or virus, or even worse, your place of business may be infiltrated and vital information stolen. Perhaps you already have looked at various security tools, and feel that a biometric system is best suited for your place of business. But are you aware of the facts that you need to seriously consider before deploying a biometric system for your business in order to improve security and maximize your return on investment (ROI)? Today we are going to discuss the 5 most important factors an entrepreneur needs to consider before deploying a biometric system.
The following post was written by Mohammad Shahnewaz,
Sr. Executive – SEO, SEM, PPC
Business Development & Interactive Marketing Dept. at M2SYS Technology
The recent iCloud hack that compromised celebrity personal accounts, leading to the publication of nude photos and videos was a sharp reminder that businesses are vulnerable. Despite taking various security precautions to protect confidential customer and business data, many businesses continually fail to prevent breaches. Perhaps it may be time for industry leaders to understand that in order to prevent modern security breaches, there is no more effective option than understanding what data breach security options are available and implementing a strong identity management system.
What’s the solution?
If you are looking for a solution that will secure valuable data in an efficient and convenient way, one of the most advanced and modern and high tech choices would be to implement a biometric identity management system. However, there is no “one size fits all” biometric solution available – the idea is to gather knowledge and educate yourself about this technology first to not only understand its value, but determine which biometric technology is going to be the most effective for your own unique needs.
Where do you turn for biometric industry information and education?
There is a sea of biometric identity management knowledge available on the web, but it’s difficult to know where to start. To give you a hand, we have prepared a list of the top 5 biometric identity management industry blogs that provide you with frequent, relevant, quality content covering a full range of security issues relevant to any business or government worldwide.
The Top 5 Biometric Identification Management Industry Blogs (in no particular order)
1. Biometric Update
Biometric Update was first published in 2007 & was founded by Stephen Mayhew and Allison Heather. If you are looking to find information about upcoming industry events and conferences you need to visit their site. Tracking all the latest industry news and events, biometricupdate.com is also one of the leading biometric news portals that publishes breaking news, analysis, and research about the global biometrics market. Each day they publish original articles, interviews, videos, and podcasts that focus on global developments in biometrics technology. On this site you will also find a list of industry specific biometric companies who provide specialized solutions.
Follow Biometric Update on Twitter @BiometricUpdate
2. Planet Biometrics
Owned by UK based company Science Media Partners Ltd, Planet Biometrics started its publication earlier in 2011. Their managing editor Mark Lockie is also the founder of the site. Their website is focused exclusively on the global biometric industry, and if you are a newbie into the world of biometric technology, we strongly recommend subscribing to their newsletter. These newsletters provide industry expert’s views, provides critical analysis, uncovers breaking news in biometric identification management, and most importantly, provides educational information and advice for end users. Their professional, content-rich, and informative blog is the hallmark of the site.
Follow Planet Biometrics on Twitter @biometric_man
3. Find Biometrics
Peter O’Neill is the founder and president of findBiometrics.com and has an extensive media background both in online and broadcasting environments. Since it was established in 2002, Peter encouraged his team to publish biometric industry news, informative articles, and interviews with industry leaders, featuring exclusive videos that provide an in depth look at the most important and pressing issues facing the biometrics community. Their Web site also maintains a calendar for the most important and current industry events and conferences. Their modality based biometric vendor list is a perfect place to look for the best options available for you.
Follow FindBiometrics on Twitter @FindBiometrics
4. SecureID News
If you want to increase your knowledge base and understand how biometrics can be paired with NFC, RFID, and smartcards, then you need to visit SecureID News produced by AVISIAN Publishing. Their editor Zack Martin, is a tech-savvy editor and reporter with more than 12-years of experience. His curated contents cover all the major vertical markets of identification technology with a special focus on government ID projects.
Follow Avisian on Twitter @Avisian
5. M2SYS Blog
If you are reading this blog, then you are probably aware of the fact that it is operated by one of the leading biometric research and development firms in the world, M2SYS Technology. Here, you will find relevant real world biometric identification management deployment experience, education, and experience directly from our team which will help your decision making process for choosing the best identity management system that fits your need.
Through our blog we share:
- Biometric research and development news
- Real life critical biometric deployment issues, challenges, and solutions from our team of experts
- Ideas, views, and opinions on the most important issues facing biometric industry
- Links and updates to biometric industry related FAQs, case studies, whitepapers, videos, articles, and Infographics
- Real world experiences and results shared from thousands of biometric identity management deployments throughout the world for governments, enterprises, healthcare and financial organizations, and individuals
Follow M2SYS Technology on Twitter @M2SYS
Our list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the great work that Jason Hodge from Securlinx brings to the biometric identification management industry on their blog. Jason always has insightful and clever commentaries on the latest biometric news and events and his blog is definitely worth a bookmark. Check out Jason’s blog for recent news and events in the biometric industry, and their real world applications.
Follow Securlinx on Twitter @SecurLinx
So, there you have it, 5 of the top biometric identity management industry blogs on the web. Pay them all a visit, add them to your RSS feeds, subscribe to their newsletter and watch as your IQ on biometric technology goes up by several points a week.
What additional biometric news sites or blogs can you add to the list?
This blog post was written by Mohammad Shahnewaz, Senior Executive in our Business Development & Interactive Marketing Department
If you work in the biometrics industry or you happen to follow it closely, you are probably aware that a topic of discussion that frequently comes up is how does the aging of the human body effect the way that biometric systems are designed and deployed. In fact, a recent industry dust up saw researchers at The University of Notre Dame dispute the conclusions of a National Institute of Standards & Technology (MIST) study that the aging of the iris in humans does not have a significant impact in their ability to be identified in an iris biometric authentication system. The NIST study actually came on the heels of The University of Notre Dame’s study that age does in fact play a role in an iris biometrics identification system inability to recognize an individual previously enrolled in the database. Potato vs. Potatoe? Right now, it’s difficult to tell which report to believe.
What’s clear is that as the field of biometrics for identification management continues to expand and evolve, increased stringency will be placed on the affect that aging has on biometric systems and biometric research and development companies will be close attention to research and experimental results on this topic. The industry will be pleased to know that a new book by Michael Fairhurst has just been published called: “Age Factors in Biometric Processing” by The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) which details the effect that human aging has on the long term performance of biometric systems. Perhaps foreshadowing for just how complicated and in-depth this issue is, Fairhurst writes in his Introduction:
“It is clear, therefore, that the question of what the effects of human aging are likely to be in relation to biometric measurements, and how this phenomenon affects the performance of a particular biometric system, is very complex, and will almost certainly depend on many very different factors.”
Mr. Fairhurst assembles his book into four primary sections:
1.) An introduction to the aging process and an overview of biometric systems – setting the stage for discussion on how aging can effect individual biometric modalities
2.) A study of how aging effects specific biometric modalities including physiological and behavioral modalities
3.) A closer look at the topic of aging from the perspective of an industrial viewpoint, a forensics perspective, and the impact of aging on one of the more popular biometric modalities – facial recognition
4.) A look to the future and based on the conclusions of this book, what type and the scope of research that may be needed in the future
The book is highly technical in nature, offering an array of charts, graphs, photos, and mathematical equations throughout that help explain and support the conclusions the researchers put forth. Most chapters include a brief conclusion at the end that summarize the results of each experiment and research. A quick read through the book and an interpretation of the researchers’ conclusions clearly tells us that they overwhelmingly felt that age does indeed have a detrimental effect on biometric processing since “aging introduces variability of key biometric features over time.” Another important point that the researcher’s postulate is that the comparison of the aging of one person is not enough to predict how a much larger biometric system will act and it’s important to include as large a pool of individuals as possible to assess recognition performance results.
We were happy to see this important research text published and made available to help further explain the effect that aging has on the construction and performance of biometric identification systems. Age Factors in Biometric Processing is available through IET’s Web site by clicking here.
What are your conclusions on how aging effects biometric identification?
We just released new videos about our core biometric identification middleware and software integration solutions via the M2SYS YouTube channel. In order to give our community the opportunity to learn more about how these products work, an an overview of their value, and how they can help end users to adopt biometric identification to create efficiencies, increase security, and save resources, these videos are a quick snapshot of the products highlighting their key benefits.
Here are the links to each of the videos:
Bio-Plugin™ – our award winning biometric middleware solution that allows developers to rapidly integrate a multi-modal biometric identification system without the development work required from a low level biometric SDK.
Bio-SnapOn™ – a complete biometric software system that can be instantly “snapped-on” to any Windows or web software, without any code-level development.
We hope that these short videos are helpful to understand how these products work and how you can take advantage of their features and benefits to incorporate biometric identification technology to help increase convenience, prevent fraud and waste, increase security, and hedge against demographic and environmental conditions that may render fingerprint biometrics ineffective. We plan to release more videos to our YouTube vault soon so please subscribe to our channel to receive updates on new videos as they become available!