Is India’s UID Program a Harbinger on the Future of Large Scale Biometric Deployments?

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Photo: An Indian citizen in the process of having his fingerprints scanned for the UID program.

Introduction

India’s UID (Unique Identification) program is an ambitious government project to provide citizens a unique national identity to help improve the delivery of government services. The main reasons for implementing a biometric-based system are to:

  • Improve security
  • Reduce fraud and corruption
  • Facilitate a robust voting process

Although the program is still a work in progress, with more than 800 million people already enrolled, India’s UID (also known as “Aadhaar”) project is already the largest biometric identification program in the world.

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Should all Biometric Scanners be Contactless?

Contact Dependent Biometric Hardware Raises Hygiene Issues

Biometric scanners are often repeatedly touched by multiple users which, with concerns over hygiene, can sometimes be an issue in the field of biometric technology. Making physical contact is common for most fingerprint biometric scanners available on the market because you have to place your finger on the same sensor where countless others have already placed theirs although touching a fingerprint scanner is no more dangerous than touching a door-knob or computer mouse.

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Photo: Healthcare facilities using iris scanner for patient identification

In some countries, rising concerns over hygiene issues due to the outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), avian influenza (bird flu), Ebola and swine influenza (swine flu)  has prompted health officials to more closely evaluate how these conditions are spread since most of these diseases are passed from person to person from touching communal surfaces in public places. Cognizant of the fact that some biometric hardware modalities require physical contact, biometric technology vendors and manufacturers of biometric scanners are working on fingerprint scanners that are completely contactless. Until then, what other options are currently available?

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Are Biometric Smart Gates the Future of Airport Security?

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The increasing use of biometric smart gates to improve airport security will continue at a rapid pace in the future. (photo courtesy of wikipedia.org)

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Smart gates; the ideal modern security system in airports

Over the years, the universe has seen various technological advancements. These innovations strive to solve various hitches including economic lag, insecurity, natural calamities. Smart gates have been adapted as new security at airports. It has made the work easier because rightful travelers are handed the freedom to process their passport passage. The smart gate has been created in a way that it matches your passport details to the data stored in its database, therefore allowing only legit travelers past the gate into the airport. Continue reading →

How Effective are Biometrics as an Alternative to Passwords?

Implementing user friendly biometrics authentication methods to replace passwords offers stronger security and a higher return on investment.

Implementing user friendly biometrics authentication methods to replace passwords offers stronger security and a higher return on investment.

The rising tide of data breaches and the increase in sophisticated hacking attacks of sensitive information has raised demand for a stronger and more secure way of protecting assets than password based security systems can provide. Due to the fact that password-cracking techniques are increasing in complexity, there is a strong need to implement more sophisticated security methods, and many are discovering the advantages and efficiencies that biometric authentication offers. However, there are many ideas and theories on how biometrics can replace traditional authentication techniques to provide stronger reliability and security and how effective these systems will be to help businesses and enterprises increase security, convenience, and realized cost savings.
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Windows 10 Embraces Biometric Technology to Replace Passwords

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Microsoft plans to replace passwords with biometric authentication in their upcoming windows 10 operating system.

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Windows 10 will come with a long list of new features to pamper its users. Among those features is support for biometric technology to replace passwords. It seems like every major operating system is trying to move away from conventional passwords and more into biometrics; Microsoft is no exception with the pending release of Windows 10.

For Windows 10, Microsoft uses the already established Fast Identity Online (FIDO) 2.0 specification. This means Windows 10-powered devices will be able to support biometric authentication, either via fingerprint recognition or eye scans. The biometric scanning, paired with 2-step authentication, could mean superbly improved security measures are now available to everyday customers. Continue reading →