Biometrics Is The Next Big Thing

Published November 14, 2016

What does the future look like?

Over the past decade, the internet has exploded and technology has taken off. The rate at which the population at large adapts technology has been increased 100 fold.

Here’s a sobering point: The first television was created in the 1930’s. It wasn’t until the late 1960’s that 95% of the US households a television. Can you imagine that? It took over 35+ years for something as popular and innovative as the television to take hold. Nowadays, some new fancy social media platform is born and within a few years 50% of the worlds population is using it regularly.

So what’s the next technology you ask? Simple. Biometrics.

What Are Biometrics?

Biometrics is the interaction of biology and technology. We are exposed to it every day whether we know it or not. For example, the FBI is currently using biometric technology to compile a database of faces for a face recognition program it is developing (allegedly!) Whether or not it is in use is up in the air, but you can believe that some day it definitely will be; especially in places like airports and other high-security threat areas.

In addition to things like wide spread facial recognition, biometrics are also used in everyday products such as iPhones and access controlled devices like electronics or safes. In fact, there are multiple different types of gun safes that all use different verification systems; from retinal scans to fingerprint scans. In a review of the best biometric gun safe, ┬áthe author says when talking about what type of biometric access to get “Retinal scanners, another option, are often more expensive.”

While it’s true that some forms of biometrics are still quite costly, other forms are quite affordable. Take, for example, heart rate monitors. They are a biometric product that has been around for a while and have a fairly simple task, to measure your heart rate. These can regularly be picked up for around $30-$40.

Why Biometrics vs Other Means?

Biometrics, while not perfect, will change the game when it comes to access control. In a traditional lock, a key is required to open it. You not only have the inconvenience of having to carry keys around but the additional issue of those locks being fairly easy to pick. Add to that the possibility that you lose a key or someone steals them and it becomes all the more reasonable that some sort of biometric measure would be preferred. Someone can steal a key from a person but it would be much harder, and more painful, to steal a finger or an eye.

In movies, the bad guy always cuts the good guys eye out in order to get through the biometric scanners. In real life, however, it isn’t so simple. Scanners can detect whether the eye is under normal circumstances or, for example, is dead and/or not attached.

Technology has and will continue to come a long way as we explore this ‘final frontier’ that is biometric technology.

 

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