Biometric security is something we hear a lot about these days. With fingerprint scanners on phones now commonplace, and the recent news that the iPhone X will come with a facial scanner, it seems that biometrics are increasingly becoming a part of our everyday lives.
Biometrics are also being used in interactive kiosks more and more to provide increased security, convenience and accuracy.
It has many possible applications, from improving hotel check-ins to helping event organisers get rid of ID cards or wristbands.
But fingerprint and facial scanners are just the start. Here’s a look at how biometric security is changing and the developments that might become commonplace in the near future.
Some of them might sound odd right now – but they could soon become standard!
In 2016, it was reported that TeleSign had created its own form of biometric security using a person’s unique behaviour.
The technology, called Behavior ID, records the behaviour of an individual user at their computer, including how they move the mouse, type and touch the screen. It then uses this information to accurately determine their identity, and it’s apparently very difficult to impersonate other people this way.
This could be a good option for those who are worried about their fingerprints and other biological information being stored and used for security.
Heart rate monitoring
SoftServe’s BioLock, which you can see here, provides a vehicle security system that monitors the driver’s heart rate by incorporating an electrocardiogram biosensor system into the steering wheel.
It sounds complex, but by measuring the heart rate it’s thought to determine the driver’s identity with a high degree of accuracy. Because of the ease of use and accuracy, this could become a common type of biometric indicator in the future.
Speaking into our mobile phones has become an everyday activity that we’re all familiar with by now. But voice identification could also be used for security purposes. In fact, modern Android phones already have a voice recognition system that users can use to unlock their phones, though this is still in its early days.
Voice biometrics could provide a fast and convenient form of identification. It works by creating a voice print of users, just like a fingerprint, and the idea is that it could quickly identify an individual without any effort on the individual’s part.
Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM) researchers have found that body odour has unique characteristics that can be used to identify individuals. The good thing about body odour is that it is not possible to replicate and it cannot be masked by other smells.
This technology is not viable yet, and it still has a high error rate, but it’s promising. This would involve no input on the part of the person at all, and instead sensors on devices would automatically detect body odour and determine the individual’s identity.
Biometric security: a growing part of our lives
Biometric security might be a little worrying for some people right now, what with the thought of their personal details like fingerprints and voice being stored somewhere.
But as the benefits become even more obvious, it’s likely that more and more people will become familiar with the technology and incorporate it into their lives. And when new technology proves to be secure, you can be certain it will find its way into biometric kiosks to improve security and ease of use.