Biometric Systems


Biometric Security

As connectivity continues to spread across the globe, it is clear that old security methods are simply not strong enough to protect what’s most important. Thankfully, biometric technology is more accessible than ever before, ready to bring enhanced security and greater convenience to whatever needs protecting, from a door, to your car to the PIN on your phone.

The New Generation of Smart Devices in Biometrics Access Control System enhances building security, internal communications, and employee management. Biometric Access Control System do much more than authentication, they also provide the right level of security.


Fingerprint Readers

Fingerprints are practically synonymous with identity. The unique ridges and whorls on the tips of your finger have been distinguishing one person from another since 1788 when German anatomist Johann Christoph Andreas Mayer discovered that every fingerprint is different.

Fingerprint readers do exactly what their name describes. Using either optical, capacitive, or ultrasound sensor technology, they measure the characteristics of a fingerprint. This can be used to identify an individual by comparing the scanned print to many different templates stored in a database, as is commonly done with criminal background checks, or it can be done on a one-to-one basis in order to authenticate a user.

Where can I find fingerprint readers?

Fingerprint readers, thanks to innovations in cost efficiency and design, can be found in a wide variety of applications. Wall mounted access control terminals, police squad cars, patient sign-in areas at clinics, the smartphone in your pocket—these are only some of the places you can find biometric fingerprint readers.

Thanks to the widespread availability of consumer grade fingerprint biometric on smartphones, the average user is becoming familiar with the modality as it continues to proliferate digital security and identity across all manner of vertical markets. In some countries it has become mandatory to enroll a fingerprint in order to open a cellphone account, other places require fingerprints to vote in elections. Fingerprint readers are all around us, ushering us into a new era of identity.

How are fingerprint readers making a difference?

Fingerprint biometrics are a common modality for performing criminal background checks for individuals seeking to work in the public trust. In the United States, these checks can be performed in around 15 minutes, and the FBI’s Rap Back program keeps employers up to date on any subsequent criminal activity performed by the applicant.

If you are looking to pay for goods and services with your smartphone, chances are you will need to use a fingerprint reader. The two most popular mobile wallets in the world, Samsung Pay and Apple Pay, authenticate payment transactions using the fingerprint reader on your phone. Soon, fingerprints are set to replace credit card PINs as biometrics sensors areintegrated into smart cards.


Biometric Hand and Finger Scanners

Many identity applications demand more than just a single fingerprint. Law enforcement booking, criminal background checks, national ID enrollment, border control—these and other areas of biometric tech deployment can require all ten of a subject’s fingerprints, perhaps their entire fingers, or even in some cases their whole hand. Thankfully, today’s livescan solutions are capable of scanning the unique details of the human hand for enrollment or matching purposes with incredible speed and accuracy, allowing for optimal scanning in a timely manner to facilitate large groups of people requiring the services.

Where can I find hand and finger scanners?

Hand and finger scanners are common in the law enforcement vertical, used for criminal background checks and the booking procedures associated with police operations. They can also be found at enrollment centers used to provide civilians with national ID services. Particularly fast contactless scanners can be found integrated into automatic border control solutions, allowing for expedited security processes in high throughput environments like airport security lines.

Recent innovations that have allowed for contactless scanning of multiple fingerprints have even led to the piloting of financial deployments of hand scanners.

How are hand and finger scanners making a difference?

Further to the point above, Vida Europe is trialing contactless multi-fingerprint scanning technology to enable post of sale payments with the wave of a hand.

Livescan devices are used in the FBI’s powerful Next Generation Identification (NGI) program, allowing for enrollment and matching with the largest biometric criminal database in the USA.

Livescan technology is used to conduct criminal background checks on employees in the public trust. Such checks can be performed in as little as fifteen minutes time and are considered the gold standard in ensuring public safety.


Biometric Smart Cards

Smart cards, as their name implies, are plastic cards with integrated circuits that allow them to contain important, rich data. The most common of these are modern credit and debit cards, as well as, in some countries, national ID cards. Biometric smart cards contain biometric data used for identification and authentication purposes.

While most biometric smart cards simply contain biometric data that can be compared to that captured by a separate biometric reader for ID verification, new advances in the production of fingerprint sensors have led us to the advent of a new type of smart card: one with an embedded biometric sensor, capable of performing 1:1 matching on-device.

Where can I find biometric smart cards?

Commonly, biometric smart cards are used as identification documents, like India’s Aadhaar card or the driver’s licenses in the US and many Canadian provinces. While the newer e-Passports are not technically cards, much of the same technology is used for layering biometrics into those and similar secure documents that leverage biometric data for border security and government services.

Biometric smart cards are also used in physical access control deployments, often employed in multi-factor security systems in facoilities where security is of critical importance. The aforementioned cards with embedded sensors, meanwhile, are being trialed by some of the world’s biggest financial service providers to add convenient and secure payment options to point-of-sale purchases.

How are biometric smart cards making a difference?

Mid Coast Health Services in Brunswick, Maine, uses biometric smart cards and cloud technology to prevent fraud and cut down on duplicate patient records.