Is Your Home Security System Smart or Dumb?

using biometrics to secure your home

Home security has rapidly evolved beyond padlocks and deadbolts. Learn more about new technologies now available to better secure your place of residence.

Remember the times, when you used to buy those giant locks with massive keys to secure your houses? Or do you know how that was replaced by one central door key, which was too big to be kept inside your pocket? It’s true that time flies, but the other side is also true that it flies with a lot of changes. Today, security systems have become less complex and more technology based.

With huge technological advancements in recent years, life has become simpler and less of a painstaking journey. One of the best advancements is the ease in security systems provided by the invention of biometrics. This has become bliss for many businessmen and professionals cautious about their belongings.

However, do you think the usage of biometrics is limited for the business purposes only? Do you think the sophistication introduced in security systems is limited only for the people who can afford it? Be it a businessman or a homeowner, anyone can use a biometric security system at a low price and save their personal content from intruders. Besides being inexpensive, the setup is convenient to use as well.

If you are still doubting biometric security systems, let’s talk about some advanced biometric techniques to help you decide whether your security system is already smart or, requires an upgrade.

1) DNA Biometric system

Each person is different, clearly explained by their DNA. Each individual’s DNA is different than any other person in the whole world. For recognising the DNA of each person, the technology goes through extensive steps.

First, the system collects references through physical parts like hair, nail, blood or saliva. Afterwards, these samples are broken into small steps which consist of VNTR. Eventually, each fragment is sorted before getting compared to different samples. Due to these exhausting steps and processes, DNA biometric systems are not used widely like other biometric systems.

2) Vein Recognition

Vein recognition (vascular biometrics) is one of the latest inventions in biometric security systems. We know veins help carry blood to the heart. This biometric technique is unique as veins are inside the human body and this system works by transmitting near-infrared light via fingers and afterwards the camera records the vein patterns. The method makes use of pattern recognition to verify the authenticity of a user.

3) 2-D Barcode Scanner

2-D barcode is used to identify different products or items rather than humans. However, an amalgamation of biometric systems with 2-D barcode scanners helps in creating better and higher-level security level for identifying human beings.

This is widely used in scanning valid IDs like passports, voting cards and more with the individual’s fingerprints on them. The device is low in weight and installation is not complicated.

4) Facial Recognition

The name is good enough to tell you about this technology. This technology is widely used because of the ability to recognize an individual without them having any physical contact with a hardware device. Cameras put on the doors scan your face and match that with the database. Besides, the hardware involved is not expensive. The technology also synchronizes well with iris recognition and fingerprint identification systems. 3-D facial recognition is an rising trend where the system analyzes the relative body organs for a better authentication procedure.

5) Voice Recognition

Voice tract and accent are two factors that make every person’s voice unique. This technology is widely used in home security systems. These systems are less expensive and don’t demand heavy equipment.

Now the question that might pop up in your mind is about recording one’s voice and using it again and again. Well, these systems are smart and ask individuals to repeat few phrases to check if the voice is the same or not.

Information technology engineering has shown further growth by leaps and bounds and there are no second thoughts about it. Taking advantage of the same is the move that you should be making right now. More advancements lead to more ways to corrupt them, thus clinging to the latest and the trusted is the best and the only option left. So, what action will you take now? Is your smart home security system smart enough or rather dumb?

Author Bio: Samar Sood is a professional Content Writer and is currently working with Sharda University. The engineer loves to blog about technology.

 

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The following post was written by Tanvir Ahmed, Executive (SEO/ SEM/ PPC) Business Development & Interactive Marketing at M2SYS Technology

There are countless distinguishing behavioral traits and physical attributes which make each of us unique individuals. Biometrics is a science that identifies and captures these characteristics converting them into templates that can be read by biometric hardware devices and interpreted by back end identification matching software as authentication proxies of our physical selves in the digital realm.
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