Biometric Authentication: More Than You Bargained For.

Posted by Sydney Sebro on 18 June 2019

If you were to Google biometrics, the classic example of fingerprint readers would be seen more than once. While fingerprint recognition is the best-known biometric modality, biometrics have long surpassed it as the only means of authentication.  

Now biometric authentication includes a whole library of biometric characteristics that can be used for access control. From eye scanners to facial recognition, the flexibility of biometrics allows biometric authentication solutions to be tailored to any enterprise and their users seamlessly. 
 

Over recent years, the development and adoption of biometrics has expanded past just government use. Biometrics are now a part of everyday life used with over 75% of American consumers having used biometric technology. The technology used to implement biometrics have also improved drastically. It's no longer hardware simply reading and matching static images.  

 

Biometric security, can learn and identify the behavioral patterns of users during recognition allowing for dynamic adaptation as user change and grow over time. The result is a security system flexible enough to adapt to the user creating a seamless authentication method.  

 

The ability to choose multiple modalities or include biometrics into a two factor authentication method also adds to the power of biometric security. Increasing effectiveness of systems through biometric integration expands the breadth and depth of their applications. Firms can then choose modalities that best fits their needs and the needs of their end users.  

 

A high security centre, for example, could have biometric readers that allow for 3-factor authentications for highly secure areas. In using 3 factors of authentication, including biometrics, these areas can be efficiently monitored, and firm can rest assured that the person going through the door is the one that should be.  

 

There are even instances of biometric authentication being used for voter registration in developing nations. The use of these biometric identities allowed for authentication at a large scale and can decrease the amount of paper work in nations with reduced literacy rates. 

 

The elasticity of biometrics makes it an impressive resource as biometrics allow users to use themselves as an authenticator of their own identity. With a proof of identity that can’t be replicated, stolen, or forgotten, biometric authentication presents an opportunity to greatly simplify existing systems. What ensues is an easily scalable solution that decreases failed authentications and the costs for replacement proxy authenticators such as key fobs or RFID cards. 

 

While Finger printing is still the most used biometrics when it comes to authentication, the variety of modalities lend them self to be adopted by an increasingly security conscious society. When the use cases for biometric authentication are endless, finding a solution that fits your needs can be as simple as its application.

Topics: Authentication, Biometrics, Innovation, Digital Security