Calling All Retailers – Please Take Our True/False Quiz

The M2SYS Technology True/False Quiz part deux.  I’m sure our loyal readers have been on the edge of their seats since our first True/False Quiz post – 5 months ago.  Yes, the Rip Van Winkle of blog posts series has finally awakened. Here is a link to the quiz –

So how did you do?  If you are here at our blog that means you clicked on the link to learn more details on why a question was true or false.  If you are visiting our blog first – then please click on the link above for the quiz, then come back and see the detailed answers below.  No cheating by looking at the answers before taking the quiz!!

Here are the detailed answers to the questions:

1.  Finger vein and palm vein are too expensive as an alternative to fingerprint technology.

Answer – False

Finger vein and palm vein technology are referred to as “vascular biometrics” which relies on capturing an image of the vein pattern beneath the finger or palm with near infrared light and using that image as the basis for individual identification.  Unlike fingerprint technology, integrity of the skin is not an issue with vascular biometrics.  In addition, vascular biometrics is definitely an affordable alternative to fingerprint.

2.  Using biometric technology can help save the environment.

Answer – True

Each year, Americans waste enough paper to build a 12-foot wall of paper from New York to California.  One way to reduce the amount of paper used in a business is to switch from antiquated paper and pen time and attendance techniques to biometric based desktop time and attendance software. Another way you can use biometrics to help the environment is by switching from plastic membership cards to a biometric check in system.

3.  Indonesia is currently using biometric technology to curb violence in bars and nightclubs.

Answer – False

It’s actually Australia.  Ok, so this question is not so retailish but pertinent nonetheless.  Australia is currently launching an ambitious public safety program where bars and nightclubs can opt into a biometric identification initiative that requires all patrons to submit their fingerprint in order to gain entry to the establishment.  So far, it’s received positive reviews.

4.  It is possible to achieve a 300% ROI (return on investment) during the 1st year of using biometric technology.

Answer – True

One of our end users actually achieved a 300% return on investment during the first year they used biometric technology for time and attendance! Cal Poly Pomona uses M2SYS biometric technology with its KRONOS time and attendance software which has eliminated buddy punching, boosted staff productivity and decreased backlogs.

5.  Biometric technology can help a retailer with PCI Compliance.

Answer – True

Biometric technology offers merchants an opportunity to incorporate a level of authentication security that is unsurpassed in the industry.  Biometrics relies on physiological characteristics (fingerprint, finger vein, palm vein, iris recognition, etc.) to identify an individual’s identity rather than something you know (personal identification number or PIN) or something you have (credit or debit card).  Due to the fact that anyone can steal your credit or debit card and obtain your PIN for fraudulent transactions, biometric technology is the only true way to identify someone with near absolute certainty.

6.  Using biometric technology can enhance customer loyalty.

Answer – True

Instituting a biometric identification system, especially in a retail environment, builds customer loyalty.  To help combat fraud, biometrics is used as part of an overarching plan that helps keeps prices low and customers happy.

7.  Biometric technology is about as secure as barcode cards and Personal Identification Numbers (PINs).

Answer – False

Biometric technology is much more secure than barcode cards and personal identification numbers.  Read this post and you be the judge.

8.  Buddy punching can equate to 2 – 5% of total expenditures.

Answer – True

Don’t believe us?  Check out our dedicated web page on eliminating buddy punching and plug the numbers to see for yourself.

9.  Loss prevention in the retail sector is a good application of biometric technology.

Answer – True

The simple fact is that employees steal from businesses.  The numbers speak for themselves – employee dishonesty costs American business in excess of $50 billion annually and 20% of every dollar earned by a U.S. company is lost to employee theft.  Biometrics can help to curb this by eliminating the swapping of barcode cards and PIN’s and securing access to authorized only areas of a retail establishment.

10. Capturing an individual’s biometric information is tantamount to a violation of their privacy.

Answer – False

Biometric identity enrollment templates stored on a server or computers are not actually images at all.  They are a mathematical representation of the data points that a biometric algorithm extracts from the scanned fingerprintfinger veinpalm vein or iris.  The identity template is simply a binary data file, a series of zeros and ones.  The algorithm then uses the template to positively identify an individual during subsequent fingerprint scans.  No image is ever stored or transmitted across a network.

To the credit of those that fear privacy invasion, the real fear is that mass quantities of biometric information can be captured at once from hacking into a private industry biometrics system.  In addition, they fear the idea that biometric information cannot be changed if compromised, unlike something like a social security or bank account number.  We feel that this is a valid point, and one that’s difficult to refute however all biometric data is stored using the AES 128 bit encryption algorithm.

Hope you enjoyed installment #2 of our “Biometric True/False Quiz Questions” series.  More future quizzes to come…

Detailed Answers To Our Biometric True/False Quiz On Facebook

Thank you for taking our 1st Biometric True/False quiz on our Facebook page!  If you have stumbled on this blog post and have yet to take the quiz, please point your browser to this link: and then return to our blog for detailed explanations of why a question is “true” or “false.”

This quiz will be the first in a series of quizzes to test your knowledge on biometrics while giving you a slice of education on the topic at the same time.  We welcome any suggestions or ideas for quiz topics, questions to include or any other feedback on the quiz.  Hey, just get in touch with us if you want to shoot the breeze.

So without further adieu, here are the detailed answers to our 1st “Biometrics True/False” quiz:

1. True or False – When my biometric template is created, an image is stored somewhere that a criminal can steal.

Answer – False.

At the time of enrollment in a biometric system, the template of your biometric identity (fingerprint, fingervein, palm vein, iris pattern, etc.) is stored on a computer server as an encrypted mathematical algorithm which is nearly impossible to be stolen and reverse engineered.

2. True or False – It is easy for someone to fake my fingerprint and fool a biometric reader to think it’s me.


Answer – False

A biometric fingerprint is nearly impossible to replicate.  The sophistication of the encryption technology and the security measures built into the software render it nearly impossible to be replicated or “tricked” by a criminal.

3.  True or False – Palm vein readers and iris recognition have lower False Acceptance Rates than fingerprint readers.


Answer – True

“False Acceptance Rates” (FAR) are defined as the measure of the likelihood that a biometric security system will incorrectly accept an access attempt by an unauthorized user.  Both fingervein (0.0001%) and palm vein (0.00008%) biometric technology have significantly lower FAR’s than fingerprint recognition (.0042% for the M2SYS Easy-Scan fingerprint reader).

4.  True or False – Scanning your finger or palm thorough a biometric vein scanner causes cancer.



Answer – False

Scanning your finger or palm through a biometric vein scanner does not cause cancer from the near infrared light that is used to create the image of your vein pattern.  In fact, infrared light is used in some settings to heal cancer patients and treat many common ailments (joint aches, neck pain, osteoarthritis, muscle aches, etc) through its phototherapy characteristics.  Only strong infrared radiation in certain industry high heat settings may constitute a health hazard to the eyes and vision, the extremely small amount of near infrared light generated to scan your finger or palm is in no way hazardous to your health.

5.  True or False – Your biometric information can be shared or automatically confiscated by the FBI.


Answer – False

Currently, there is no federal law, mandate, doctrine, decree or directive that would allow the FBI to access any database which contains biometric template information.  Biometric software is proprietary in nature, therefore it can only be recognized within the manufacturer’s system in a closed environment, which means that the template can only be used within that manufacturer’s system and nowhere else.

6.  True or False – Most problems with the implementation and use of biometrics is due to a lack of proper training or education.


Answer – True

Surprisingly to most, the majority of issues and difficulties that arise from using biometrics are due to inefficient training and education on how to properly install, utilize and maintain the biometric system.  It is generally assumed that if there is a problem with biometric software or hardware, it lies within the program or device but in actuality the problem more often is due to an end user not following installation instructions or not properly maintaining their hardware to set it up properly and maximize its lifespan.

7.  True or False – A biometric system will not work for 100% of our population.


Answer – True

Due to the variances that exist in an individual’s skin condition, the  fingerprint biometric modality may not be the single solution for an end user using a biometric solution for a particular need.  Skin conditions vary according to climate, ethnicity, race and work environments and may make it difficult for one biometric modality to be used effectively for an entire population.  That’s why it’s important to deploy a biometric engine such as the M2SYS Hybrid Biometric Platform that allows you to run multiple biometric modalities off of the same server at the same time.  For example, with Hybrid Biometric Platform you can use a fingerprint scanner for individuals with normal skin conditions and simultaneously have a fingervein or palm vein reader plugged into the same PC or laptop for those individuals with dry, damaged or cracked skin.

8.  True or False – – I can’t afford a biometric system, it’s too expensive.


Answer – False

The Return On Investment (ROI) achieved from using biometrics such as increased security, efficiency and productivity should be factored into your decision to invest in a biometric system, not simply what the upfront cost may be.

9.  True or False – 195,000+ annual U.S. deaths are due to medical errors- 60% were failure to correctly identify the patient.



Answer – True

More and more hospitals, health care facilities and Doctor’s offices are adopting biometric technology to ensure 100% accuracy in the identification of their patients to prevent tragedies like this from occurring.  In addition, biometric technology in a health care setting helps significantly reduce the estimated 250,000 Americans each year who are victims of healthcare identity fraud which costs the U.S. economy approximately $468 million each year.

10.   True or False – Fingerprint identification methodology has been around since the 19th century.



Answer – True

Sir Francis Galton, the British scientist and mathematician developed the first fingerprint identification methodology in 1892.

So how did you do on the quiz?  Was it helpful?


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