By MICHAEL B. BRADLEYThe US government has released its annual security report on biometric systems, and it doesn't look good for the technology.For one, the report says that Apple and the US National Security Agency are "committed to enhancing biometric security," and Microsoft is "developing a new system that will enable it to perform biometric authentication and other biometric features."It's a...
As people try to use a new service that may require fingerprinting to enter the premises, it’s a matter of ensuring that the technology is available.
But what’s the best way to do that?
It’s a topic that has been debated in the UK for years, with some claiming that people are less likely to use biometric authentication as they would a keycard or fingerprint.
In fact, research suggests that the two methods have similar benefits.
Researchers from the University of Birmingham’s School of Public Health looked at the effects of a fingerprint scanner in three different locations.
The first location was a public library, with biometric scanning being used to access information about people who had not yet entered the building.
The second was a bus stop, with fingerprint scanning being employed to allow a customer to enter a ticketing kiosk.
And the third was a school building, with a fingerprint scanning system being used by teachers and pupils to access materials.
The results show that people were more likely to show up for their classes, even though the facilities were the same.
And while the biometric scanners were used at the school, the fingerprint scanners were being used at all three locations.
Dr Tom Chalkley, one of the study’s authors, said that the findings were significant.
“We found that even though students were scanned, there was a much greater degree of ‘don’t worry’ about the scanner because the students were in the same room, and were familiar with each other,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.
“In other words, the scanning was more likely when the students weren’t in the room.”
This was not due to the fact that students were more anxious.
This was due to them having to face the scanner.
“It’s a really strong result that we were able to get with a really small number of students in a small number.”
And it really does show that there’s an important difference between biometric technology and physical access controls, and it could have a big impact on the ability of schools to offer better services.
“However, he said that there was still more to learn about how biometric systems might be used.”
Even though we know that biometrics are really useful for security, it is still unclear what their long-term use might be,” he said.”
How long might people be using biometria, how many devices would they use, and what could they use them for?
“The fact that we can use biometrians and fingerprint readers at the same time, it opens up a whole range of interesting applications.”
What does it mean that biometric devices are being used for the same tasks as physical access control systems in public spaces?
“We have no idea.
We can’t see how long it will be before people are going to want to use them in public.”
Biometric biometries are currently used in many public places including schools, airports, hotels and retail outlets, and could be used by all kinds of people.
But how they will be used in public places remains to be seen.
Dr Chalkwood said that it was also important to be aware of the potential risks associated with biometrist technology.
“One of the challenges is that we have no way of knowing what biometrical systems are safe for use in public space.
We don’t know what is safe to use with bi-electronic systems,” he explained.”
People need to be careful with biometers because we can’t be sure what’s safe for them.”
So even though we have a lot of experience with biometry, it doesn’t mean we can be completely confident about its safety.
“If people have a very sensitive system that they need to avoid or something else that’s triggering their biometric biometric response, then they may not want to do it.”
Dr Cholley said that he was optimistic that biometry would be used more widely in the future.
“I think it’s going to happen.
It’s not like it’s been the last 10 years.
It is just the first time that people have started to use it,” he added.”
As soon as we have that experience, we can start to look at the different applications and how biometrs might be useful for different situations.”