Applications for Biometric Technology

Years of futuristic books and movies still haven’t prepared us for the prospect of using fingerprint technology on a daily basis. Though we can deposit checks by taking a photo of them, ask our phone assistant to find the nearest Burger King, and develop glasses that double as computers, there is something so Matrix-y about a machine that successfully nails down your true identity with the swipe of your finger. But, despite our reluctance to believe it, biometric technology is popping up all over our lives.

Mobile Devices

When Apple announced the release of its newest phone, most of us held our breath. How would the iPhone 5S differ from the 5? It was faster, cleaner, took better photos—but it also possessed the ability to identify users by fingerprint.

By storing up to five unique fingerprints, a person can both unlock a phone and make purchases with their Apple ID using the Touch ID feature. Touch ID will misread a finger only 1 in 50,000 times which is significant, given the 1 in 10,000 likelihood that a four digit password will be guessed.

And Apple isn’t alone—HTC released the One Max and Samsung is in the process of fingerprint sensor development. The real potential though is in the pending ability to utilize this mobile technology for the development of a finger scan payment system, which experts expect to play a major role in the future of business. Increased online security by way of a mobile device will likely encourage a shift toward online purchases on the go—a great thing for business.

Time and Attendance Software for Businesses

The American Payroll Association estimates that the use of punch cards for time management in business situations tacks on an extra 6% in payroll expenses every year—significant numbers if you’re a large business or one just starting up.

Luckily, fingerscan technologies (like these) are being utilized to prevent losses related to buddy punching, tabulation errors, etc. They’re also being used in workplaces in which high end items are stored—car dealerships, IT departments, cash and control rooms—to monitor who has access to such valuable assets.

Time and attendance software programs that utilize biometric technologies promise to increase profit by decreasing wasted time, keeping businesses more secure, and providing employers and employees with a simple way to manage time.

Keyless Entry for Schools

A logical extension of biometric fingerprint technology is keyless identity management and access control systems to help provide schools with additional safety features. By scanning each student and staff fingerprint for access control, administrators can gain real-time visibility into who is truly in that school within seconds, thereby increasing security and maximizing administrator management.

With biometric systems, finger or facial scans can be used to track specific student and staff locations, as well as their specific entrances and exits. These records, complete with times, can be accessed at any time. In times where emergency response is required, this can be especially helpful. Being able to identify when students enter and leave a school may increase the likelihood of students being tracked down if they exit the school at a strange time—in runaway or abduction situations, this could be a huge help.

As technology continues to provide us with new and better solutions to our everyday problems, we can look forward to business and schools that operates more concisely and safely. Biometric technology is a great (and exciting!) place to start!

[box_light]Linda Wu loves exploring and writing about new technology at Actual iD, a time and attendance company dedicated to managing the true identity of people. [/box_light]