Biometric Security is extremely versatile and can be used in numerous ways that will help you to
secure not just electronics but land, buildings, and cars. One of the newest ways that biometrics
are making it into our life are through financial institutions and purchases. This is obvious in the
fact that you can use your fingerprint to purchase applications off the app store for your smart
phone. Another way is when mobile banking application requires you to sign in with you
fingerprint before you can view any sensitive information. Some banks in Japan are even going
so far as to install fingerprint scanners at the ATM so that your account can't be drained without
Another way biometrics is being applied is through border security and airport security. This is
common now at the US/Mexican border where fingerprint scans are being utilized to ensure no
terrorists or illegal immigrants are entering the country unauthorized. In 2007 alone nearly 47
million new fingerprint entries were made at the border. Airports are implementing new systems
for their employees that require them to not only have a card to access certain areas but also
employee a fingerprint scan. This increases security and prevents access to someone who
happens to find a airport security card.
Facial recognition is also being used in surveillance to help out security firms ad government
agencies. a trial was conducted in England where 250 cameras where installed to scan faces and
alert the police if a criminal was identified. They do not believe this technique resulted in any
arrests but it is a step in the right direction. With a little bit of fine tuning it could become a very
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Biometric security has made its way to the private sector security industries. These types of
companies are sworn to protect either information or areas for their clients and their reliability
in the past means business for their future. Biometrics are needed in today’s security because
our computer technology has evolved so far that hacks are being created every day. In order to
stay on top of these stolen systems, we need to have a more secure “password” that cannot be
changed or hacked.
One of the main experiments that have changed the way we look at biometrics is apple putting
the thumbprint scanners into the new iPhone. As the public slowly adapts and understands the
benefits of quick and secure access controls, we may see an increase in these types of systems.
We also see these systems being offered for home and vehicle security. Thumbprint and voice
recognition scanning can be bought to protect the access points to your home which is really
handy when keys can get lost or picked at any given time Vehicles are just now starting to come
out with a scanning technology in the door handle and in your key fob so you can unlock, lock,
or start your car with your voice and print.
Other higher targeted places such as expensive banks, federal investigative buildings, military
installations, etc., all have some sort of scans to protect their physical assets from being taken.
This, in my opinion, is the start of that technology trickling down and being available to the
public on the norm.
There are several biometric applications which are used in various area, for several different
purposes in each field. Biometric applications help to securely restrict access to sensitive
operations, perimeters and assets. The applications used for security purposes included but are
not limited to logical access control, physical access control, and surveillance.
The logical access control application refers to using biometric compatible security software to
grant and deny users access to a device or a computer network remotely. This application is not a
very common one, but most people could agree that It is the future. Using biometric technologies
will eliminate the use of keycards, passwords and usernames. A great example of this
application, is the fingerprint recognition technology we have in our phones (Das, 2010;
Most people are familiar with using biometrics in physical access control application, it involves
using unique physical and/or behavioral attributes (biometric traits) to authenticate users, to
permit or deny them access to a secure area. Most people could agree that biometric physical
access control solutions are much better authentication methods compare to keys, key cards and
PINs. It’s more secure, more accurate, and efficient. This solution is widely used by government
organizations, private business, private facilities, etc. It could even be considered more cost
effective than using key and access card, depend on the organization’s size (Newman, 2013).
A biometric surveillance application is normally used to monitor an individual or a large group
of people, using biometric technologies to automatically identify them. Moreover, some devices
may able to determining any abnormal behavior from an established reference point. A
surveillance solution is normally implemented using biometric techniques such as behavioral,
facial and voice recognitions. This is normally deployed by government agencies and corporate
security (Das, 2010).
Although some biometric modalities are more secure than other, biometric solutions are much
more secure than the traditional security methods like keys, keycard, PINs, etc. The main reason
for this, is because biometric solutions rely on users’ unique and unchangeable characteristics
(part of who they are) to authenticate them, not what they possess. What induvial possess can be
shared, but who they are cannot be changed (yet at least). It goes without saying that biometric
security applications are the future. Usernames and Passwords will soon be gone.
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