Frequently Asked Questions

What is Biometrics?

Many people define biometrics as “who you are”. At its most basic level, this is correct, but a more formal view is that biometrics is a science or technology that analyzes biological data. In the field of information technology biometrics refers to the ability to measure certain body characteristics such as your iris, voice, and facial pattern, all in an effort to verify your identity usually in order to allow you to gain physical or system access.

What comprises a “Biometric solution?”

When we’re talking about a biometric solution we’re talking about all the components needed to successfully authenticate via biometrics, including cameras, microphones, or scanners, a stored biometric template, Computer Storage, software, algorithms, and of course the human biometric. It normally involves the process of training or storing your initial biometric template to use in comparison to future biometric authentication attempts.

Who uses biometrics these days?

Biometrics are gaining greater and greater acceptance in the marketplace. Governmental use has dominated in areas such as National Security, transportation etc. In terms of the private sector, more and more laptops are coming with biometric scanners and in many areas with highly sensitive data requiring a higher level of security, companies are seriously investigating biometric authentication.

What are some of the benefits of using biometrics?

The primary benefit is the increased security and fraud reduction; secondly, they are fast, accurate, easily deployed, and cost effective. They also reduce password administration costs especially related to a company’s helpdesk. In many cases, the increased productivity that is realized from the time saved can result in additional revenue. Finally, a person’s name and demographic information may change how to identify them, their biometrics never change.

What is so good about biometrics?

Besides allowing you to access your locked devices and apps securely without having to key in an ID and Password, Biometric Recognition is a time saver and brings added convenience to the table. That convenience encourages people to lock their apps where otherwise they would not. This can be a critical decision if your device is lost or stolen.

Are biometric identifiers secure?

So many people ask whether biometrics is secure. The key to biometric systems is that they are developed around the unique physical characteristics that each of us has. First of all, the probability of two people having the same biometric data is almost impossible. Secondly, you cannot duplicate or share a biometric with someone else. Additionally most biometric properties can only be lost in the case of serious accidents. Compare this to the alternative risks associated with IDs, passwords, or smart cards.

If my biometric signature changes, can I get locked out of my application?

Our biometric solutions, if installed properly, will always allow for individuals to fall back to a default of entering an ID and password should the biometric become unrecognizable.