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What Are Biometrics?

Biometrics is a technology that uses unique biological signs of your body to identify you. Facial recognition, fingerprints, and iris scanning are just some examples of biometric technologies used today by banks, airlines, healthcare providers, and governments around the world. Biometric scanning has been used in many industries for authentication purposes, preventing fraud, and enhancing perimeter security.

Biometrics allow employees and visitors to access facilities based on the following methods:

  • Acquiring data
  • Extraction of features
  • Encryption
  • Matching
  • Controlled access based on a match

Biometric security systems that aid in physical access control include:

  • Fingerprint biometrics devices
  • Facial biometrics (face recognition) devices
  • Iris biometrics devices
  • Retina biometrics devices
  • Vascular pattern biometric devices

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