Biometric Verification Technology

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Advantages and Disadvantages of Biometric Identification Systems

Biometric identification systems improve security

Biometric technology is the methodology of identifying people through their unique physical attributes. The thing that immediately comes to mind when you think about a physical quality that is unique to each individual is the fingerprint. Law enforcement agencies have been using fingerprinting as a means of confirming identity for decades, and indeed, fingerprint scanning is a very viable element of biometric recognition.

In fact, biometric identification systems using fingerprints revolutionized the way that these law enforcement entities collect and store fingerprint information. One of the great advantages of biometric recognition in this application is the fact that multitudes of fingerprint files can be digitally stored rather than housed in physical warehouses occupying thousands of square feet of space.

Biometric verification is also very useful as a means of access control in commercial, institutional, military, and even residential applications. Biometric locks eliminate the use of keys, and this has a multitude of positive implications. Perhaps the most obvious is that you never have to be concerned about losing or forgetting your keys, so you will never find yourself locked out of your home or business. Other advantages include the fact that there is no key that anyone can ever duplicate without your knowledge, so the only people who will ever be able to gain access are those whose fingerprints you have scanned into the system. Many of these systems can be networked along with security software so that you can be aware of the comings and goings of everyone who has accessed the lock. You can also assign limited access during particular parts of the day and/or days of the week, and you can revoke access at any time. Biometric identification systems offer a great deal of advantages when used for access and entry purposes, and the cost of biometric verification units has been dropping steadily as the technology has continued to develop.

Biometric recognition applications like iris recognition have helped to improve airport security. Pilots and flight crews can pass through biometric verification devices quickly and efficiently without having to stop and produce a card or touch a reader of any kind. Plus, anyone who is being sought after by security personnel could be identified through the use of these biometric verification systems, and this can save lives in these sometimes turbulent times in which we live.

Disadvantages of Biometric Recognition Devices

The advantages of biometric identification systems are many and varied, but there are a handful of disadvantages as well. It would be possible for an oppressive government to maintain a program of widespread surveillance using biometric recognition systems, and a rogue entity could do the same.

Plus, these biometric authentication devices are just computers after all, so they could potentially be hacked into, and computers can sometimes malfunction or go down. All in all, biometric verification technology is a useful scientific advance that offers many advantages that make our lives safer and more convenient, and we are certain to see expanded usage of biometric solutions over the next few years.

Biometric Identification Systems

Biometric authentication information Biometric authentication is already successfully in place

  • Law enforcement agencies are using fingerprinting to confirm identities
  • Hand scanner grant access to identified personal to high security facilities
  • Iris recognition have helped to improve airport security

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Comparing advantages and disadvantages of biometric recognition devices