As millennials our first brush with biometrics is probably when we unlock our smart-phone using our face or fingerprint and a sense of technological progress that humans have done over the years becomes unavoidable. We like technology and we trust that it will do its job and not mess up.
Also, it feels good to not feel interrupted by people and still go on with your daily life. Imagine walking into an office building or a restaurant or a hotel for that matter, and you find that virtually everything is automated. From parking to check –in, ordering room service, and even tipping the valet. You can just use your fingers, or face to unlock your room, or to even enter your office, when at work, this is when we realize how far we have come in terms of technology and how much more is possible.
How Biometric System Works?
Biometrics simply means unique biological feature of individuals like fingerprints, face, voice and eyes (retina) and a biometric system simply uses these individual features to grant access. Well, that is the gist of it.
In technical terms, Biometric technology relies on the measurement and analysis of unique physical or behavioral characteristics of individuals. The technical aspect of biometric systems involves capturing, processing, storing and comparing biometric data.
The capture of biometric data is done using sensors such as fingerprint scanners, face recognition cameras or iris scanners. The data is then processed using specialized software that extracts and encodes the biometric features. The processed data is stored in a database for comparison with future biometric samples.
Let’s explore some of the ways Biometric Technology is changing our day to day experiences.
1. The Convenience it offers:
Biometric technology eliminates the need for remembering and carrying traditional identification methods such as keys, passwords or access cards. With biometric identification, users can simply use their unique biometric traits like fingerprint, face or voice to access their devices, secure buildings, and authenticate their identity.
Biometric technology can speed up many processes, such as time and attendance tracking, payment systems, and customer identification. For example, biometric payment systems can eliminate the need for cash or credit cards, saving time and reducing the risk of fraud.
3. The Security Aspect:
Security by leveraging technology is quite reliable and has been an important aspect of technological progress we have done over the years. Biometric technology provides a higher level of security compared to traditional authentication methods. Biometric data is unique to each individual and cannot be duplicated or stolen. This makes biometric technology an excellent choice for securing sensitive data and personal information.
4. Personalization Using Biometrics:
Biometric technology can be used to personalize user experiences, such as in retail or hospitality settings. For example, hotels can use biometric data to greet guests by name and provide personalized services, such as customized room settings and in-room entertainment. Hospitality sector can hugely benefit by Biometrics system and improve the customer experience to a great extent by removing friction in access and services offered.
Biometric technology has the potential to revolutionize the way we interact with technology, making our lives more convenient, efficient, secure, and personalized.
As someone who works in technology, I can say that the possibilities for using biometric technology to enhance human life are truly limitless, and we can expect to see even more exciting applications in the future.