The subject of security is on everyone’s mind in some manner considering the times we live in. Whether it is for protecting your information on all your devices from would-be hackers, someone breaking into a bank or an ATM machine and needing protection for your home; individuals realize that security measures of the past can no longer be effective today as well as in the future. Many visionaries feel that the future of protection will come down to two words: Biometric Security.
Previously, people felt secure in using security methods that incorporated what we have, such as an ID card or a key, and what we know, such as a password that would be the name of your favorite pet as well as using a PIN number. However, the experts are currently and considering the near future to utilizing another from of security known as biometrics. Since there are individuals who are unclear on what this term means, let us look at defining it and how it will make science fiction become a reality.
What is Biometric Security?
While the old methods mentioned above worked well previously and are still being used today, experts are looking ahead to a third method being used presently as well as improving on it within the near future. This third type of security incorporates what we are; using one’s iris, fingerprint or face is known as biometrics. Biometric security uses devices that measure characteristics that are unique of an individual, like a person’s voice pattern, so that for someone to break into a system would be extremely difficult.
Future Uses of Biometrics
There are multiple uses for biometric security as well as how they can be applied to a given situation. The first use for integrating biometric security is for our mobile devices. Since there has been growing concern of someone stealing data from an individual’s smartphone or tablet, companies have been turning to ways other than pin numbers or passwords for security; biometrics are currently being used on Apple and Samsung devices such as using the user’s fingerprint to unlock their device. However, since there have been reports of this security measure being breached, Apple has taken the next step in biometric security; their new Apple X smartphone uses face recognition to protect from someone from unlocking the smartphone.
Another use for biometric security are on college campuses, such as USC, which has deployed fingerprint technology to allow access for students to get into their dorm rooms. Future uses for biometric security can be applied to confirm one’s identity when taking an exam, bookshop and cafeteria purchases or attendance to a sporting event. Other forms of biometric security can be used with college campuses across the United States depending on their budget and resources.
While there are other uses for biometrics when it comes to security, the most common use is for protecting a person’s home. More and more ways are being created not only for biometric security to be used in home protection but that are cost-effective. Video cameras are flooding the market fort purchasing that offer face recognition technology that can identify someone who is well-known versus an intruder and biometric locks that are programed to keep strangers out while authorized visitors that include your children, a contractor or service provider that can gain entry.
The future of biometric security is growing more and more in ways that can be used presently as well as the near future. Once creative ways are designed to allow biometrics to reach its’ full potential, all that is required is for the technology to catch up that will make what was once considered to be science fantasy to soon become science fact.