How are biometrics used?

How are biometrics used

Passports, visas and other border control documents are now using biometrics to address concerns of impersonation and multiple identities. By supplementing existing document checks with biometrics, instances of identify fraud in international travel are substantially reduced while enabling more efficient automated processes.

Biometric capabilities on mobile phones are now commonplace and are being used with greater frequency for unlocking the phone as well as authorizing transactions.

In the commercial sector, biometric recognition is being used for physical access control to buildings, time and attendance monitoring, and logical access control to IT systems. Financial institutions are leveraging biometrics on mobile phones for remote identification of customers Advantages include convenience to customers (no need to remember passwords), increased security and accountability, and lower administration costs.

Interoperability is also very important for biometrics. Large-scale multi-nation programmes such as biometric passports, require systems provided by different vendors to interoperate. This necessitates common specifications for biometric data formats, quality and performance, and corresponding conformance tests. The development of these specifications lies at the heart of biometric standards.


Return to Biometrics homepage

 Your basket
Your basket is empty