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TechCast Article Series USE OF BIOMETRICS

By Vivian Chu and Gayathri Rajendran


Biometrics has long being touted as a powerful tool for solving identification and authentication issues for immigration and customs, physical security, and computer security. It involves measuring one or more unique physiological human characteristics-- the shape of a body, fingerprints, structure of the face, DNA, hand/palm geometry, iris patterns, and even odor/scent. Behavioral traits can also be used – typing rhythm, gait, and voice. These technologies have enormous promise because they can never be forgotten, lost or copied, unlike the current methods of cards and passwords. The potential for biometrics is ever increasing post 9/11. In addition to growing needs for fast, accurate and dependable security, biometric technologies have recently begun to enter into public consciousness due to high profile applications in entertainment media and day-to-day activities. TechCast forecasts biometrics are expected to enter the mainstream in 2015. i As with any new technology, there are barriers to overcome. This study was conducted to identify the conditions that affect the use of biometrics. RESEARCH METHOD In-person interviews were conducted to provide a detailed and comprehensive analysis and to explore personal opinions. Forty individuals of varying educational backgrounds and ages were questioned on issues concerning the use of biometric technology, acceptance of the various methods, favorable places of use, roles of the different stakeholders, general advantages and disadvantages, and the acceptance of a national ID. Composition of the sample is shown below

Year: 2013
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