Five Mysteries of Biometric Identification System

The advent of biometric identification was dramatic when the Star Trek displayed different biometric modalities in the sci-fi series in 1966. Voice ID, retina, basic vitals, and facial recognition was stirred up then. Over the years biometric identification technology developed and nowadays it is no longer a topic to be shown in a sci-fi movie. It has become a reality and changed the landscape of secure identification in different industries. But most people think of the conventional notion about biometric identification and here are some of the myths which are now revealed:

Myth# 1 Biometric Data Can be Stolen or Hacked from the System

Most of the people think that if they enroll their biometric data in any system, the administrator can use that image of their biometric data to spoof their identity. But the reality is when someone scans his/ her biometric, the scanners transform the biometric data to an encrypted binary code only using 1’s and 0’s to build a template. The biometric matching engine then uses that template to identify someone. So, biometric data could not be stolen or hacked from the system.

Myth# 2 Iris Scanning Relies on the Genetic Information

In iris scanning, only one thing is collected that is the pattern of the iris. The iris pattern is extremely unique and differentiable, even more than your fingerprints. For iris enrollment it only takes two different images of iris; one is a usual one and another one is using infrared light. Then the combination of these two images is analyzed by the biometric system to create an identifiable visual pattern named iris code. There is no genetic information considered during the identification process and it can also differentiate the irises of identical twins also.


Published by Zubayer Rezoan

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