Biometric identification for interactive kiosks – how does it work?
Many interactive kiosks used to complete personal transactions, such as checking in at a hotel, require some kind of password or PIN to complete your transaction.
Is a four-digit PIN secure enough to protect your personal information? Using biometric identification can provide a much safer, more secure interaction.
Biometric identification is a unique way to identify an individual through distinct biological means. These include fingerprints, retinal scan, facial recognition, voice activation and many others.
Any of these methods can be integrated into an interactive kiosk. The kiosk may even require more than one form of identification to be integrated, depending on the level of security needed for the application.
For example, both a PIN and a user’s fingerprints might be required. Or the kiosk might require fingerprints and a retinal scan. Another option is to initially only require fingerprints, but if there appears to be suspicious activity on the user’s account, to ask for a PIN for added security.
Fingerprints – the most common biometric identifier
Using fingerprints for identification is one of the most common, easiest and cheapest ways of using biometric identification. Fingerprints are unique to every individual.
Since a computer can read fingerprints down to the most minute lines, this provides the user with the peace of mind that their transaction is secure for almost any application.
Common applications for biometric identification
Interactive kiosks can be used for handling personal financial transactions, purchasing airline tickets, applying for a job, checking in and out of a hotel, or checking yourself out at a store.
Companies can use kiosks to track employees coming in and out of the building or logging work hours. Gone are the days of time clock punch cards.
Unfortunately, you may no longer be able to have a friend clock you in if you’re running late. With biometric identification, only your biological identifier could be used to clock you in at work.
A network of interactive kiosks
Biometric identification can also be used to provide access to multiple locations within your business or in a network of museums or theme parks.
You could use biometric identification to eliminate the need for ID cards, wristbands or reward punch cards, which could reduce overhead material costs.
If a visitor could purchase one annual membership allowing them to visit ten different museums and each museum used an interactive kiosk with biometric identification, there would be no need for the visitor to keep track of an annual pass.
With a quick scan of a finger, they could enter the museum. They would always have their ‘pass’ with them and it would provide quicker access to the museum and reduce queues.
It would also provide the museums with the relief of knowing that their members weren’t reducing revenue by sharing their annual passes with friends and family.
Biometric identification for interactive kiosks
The use of biometric identification for interactive kiosks can be very useful and provide peace of mind not only to the user, but also the companies that use it. After all, who wouldn’t want their kiosk transactions to be as secure as possible?