Friday, May 4, 2007
“Security” in general refers to “safety measures” and “precautions”, be it at home, work or on the road. The million dollar question is, “How does one safeguard confidential information at work, at home on their computers, on their laptops while traveling or even personal belongings in their homes without using too many complex gadgets, security tools, secret keys, access codes, or multiple passwords?”
The answer to this question would be a unique identifier beyond doubt with one of the strongest forms of security. Conveniently, this avant-garde technology exists in the form of a biometric reader, the solution to the future.
What is a Biometric Reader?
A biometric reader is a high-tech device that recognizes humans based on their unique physical traits such as retinas, fingerprints, facial patterns or even sometimes speech recognition.
Examples of Physical Biometrics:
How does a Biometric Reader work?
A person has their physical characteristic scanned (e.g. fingerprint) then the gathered information is converted into digital form and entered into a database. Before access can be granted in the future, the authorized person must continue to provide that same physical characteristic otherwise access will be denied.
Advantages of a Biometric Reader
For so many years, biometric readers have been predominantly used by government agencies to take fingerprints of consumers for identification purposes, however, today technology is advancing at a very fast rate such that some laptops already have built-in fingerprint readers, only allowing access to the authorized user. In the near future, biometric readers will hopefully find their way into high-tech hand-held devices such as cell phones and PDA’s to name a few. Some cars and homes might already have this feature, if not then it’s probably in the works.