The use of Biometrics as a method of identification is not a new concept; the first commercial device to be embedded with a fingerprint sensor was launched in 1999. Biometric is defined as a physiological characteristic and the term biometrics now relates to computerised technology that enables the recognition of an individual based on physical, biological, or behavioural features. A Biometric device must identify in an accurate, repeatable manner.
Public perception is the only impediment to the more widespread use of biometrics. It is reasoned that it takes information and keeps any personal data that may be used again or even examined by third parties. This is neither necessarily factual nor correct.
Our products are commonly referred to as finger print readers. However, this is only part of the data that is examined and a finger print is not captured. Our readers look at the sub-dermis beneath the visible finger print and obtain the image via vein patterns and collagen. This method then stores the data in a non-retrievable format. That is to say, you could not reverse engineer this data to reproduce the vein pattern. Moreover, from a security and data protection point of view, data cannot be compared as we do not leave vein patterns on objects.
As the public learn more about how biometrics operate and the benefits it brings, the general acceptance has quickly stared to grow. Biometric data is being used to replace photographs, passwords and PIN codes. Healthcare organizations worldwide including the NHS are implementing biometric systems to provide patient identification. Apple’s decision to launch its iPhone with an embedded touch fingerprint sensor, was a pivotal moment for the biometrics industry by creating an approving public environment in which biometrics will be used.
Manual biometric log-ins mean a person will conclusively be directly connected to an action or an event. In other words, biometrics creates a clear audit trail of transactions or activities. Therefore, they are particularly well suited for cashless vending and are the only means to insure age control in areas such as swimming pools and bars etc. which makes this such an important consideration in the leisure industry. Their use as a time and attendance identifier also helps to reduce fraud and dishonesty. As a means of authentication for secure access, biometrics are unquestionably the definitive solution.
The adoption of a biometric identification management system saves money, time, and resources. Additionally, not having to replace cards or deal with the problem of sharing cards means increased security and control.