Lots More Information Related Articles How Biometrics WorksHow Facial Recognition Systems Work How Fingerprint Scanners Work Sources AutoBiometrics.com. (Jan. 11, 2012) http://www.autobiometrics.com/Fujimoto, Yurika. Public Relations Division, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation. E-mail interview conducted on Jan. 16, 2012.Nosowitz, Dan. "A Car Seat that Authenticates the Driver with Butt Recognition." PopSci.com. Dec. 23, 2011. (Jan. 11, 2012) http://www.popsci.com/cars/article/2011-12/car-seat-recognizes-your-butt-security-and-fun … [Read more...] about How will the car of the future use biometrics?
Fingerprint scanners are a popular type of biometric system. See more computer accessory pictures. Thinkstock Images/Comstock/Thinkstock We've all seen movies in which a character has a retinal scan to prove his or her identity before walking into a top-secret installation. That's an example of a biometric system. In general, biometrics is a collection of measures of human physiology and behavior. A biometric system could scan a person's fingerprint or analyze the way he or she types on a keyboard. The purpose of most biometric systems is to authenticate a person's claimed identity. Biometrics tend to be more convenient than other methods of identity authentication. You might forget your ID at home when you head out the door, but you'll still be able to use biometric devices. Imagine verifying your identity while at the store by swiping your finger across a sensor. But along with convenience and security comes a concern for privacy. For biometrics to work, there needs to be a … [Read more...] about How will biometrics affect our privacy?
Giz Asks In this Gizmodo series, we ask questions about everything from space to butts and get answers from a variety of experts. The widespread use of facial recognition technology is almost upon us. A new iPhone is on the horizon, and it might not even have a fingerprint reader—instead, you could be unlocking your phone with your face. Facial recognition is not new. It’s been a sci-fi staple for decades, and its practical roots are in the 1960s with Palo Alto researchers on RAND Tablets manually mapping out people’s features. Even back then we could give a computer enough data to be able to match a person to a their photograph. The group, led by Woodrow William Bledsoe even managed to calculate a compensation for any tilt, lean, rotation and scale of the head in a photograph. Data inputs stayed pretty rudimentary, with manual input of details being replaced by the Eigenfaces in the ‘80s and ‘90s. This would be the start of computer vision systems … [Read more...] about What’s the Worst That Could Happen With Huge Databases of Facial Biometric Data?
For the last decade, Illinois has had the nation’s most rigorous law protecting citizens’ biometric privacy information. It’s also a heavily litigated piece of legislation that’s pulled high-profile companies like Google and Facebook into class action lawsuits. Now, Six Flags is contesting a suit that threatens to totally defang the statute. The Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA), passed by Illinois lawmakers in 2008, stipulates that a company doing business in the state must obtain explicit written consent from an individual before collecting their biometric identifiers, such as fingerprints. Penalties are set at a $1,000 fine per violation, and $5,000 per violation if an offending company is found to be violating the statute either intentionally or recklessly. The problem is, the state doesn’t prosecute BIPA violations, it only grants individuals the right to sue. Six Flags is trying to make that very difficult. The case revolves around the … [Read more...] about Six Flags Biometric Case Could Turn One of the Toughest Privacy Laws in the U.S. Upside Down
Vein scanning is one form of biometric identification. Image courtesy Hitachi Engineering Co. Imagine you're James Bond, and you have to get into a secret laboratory to disarm a deadly biological weapon and save the world. But first, you have to get past the security system. It requires more than just a key or a password -- you need to have the villain's irises, his voice and the shape of his hand to get inside. You might also encounter this scenario, minus the deadly biological weapon, during an average day on the job. Airports, hospitals, hotels, grocery stores and even Disney theme parks increasingly use biometrics -- technology that identifies you based on your physical or behavioral traits -- for added security. In this article, you'll learn about biometric systems that use handwriting, hand geometry, voiceprints, iris structure and vein structure. You'll also learn why more businesses and governments use the technology and whether Q's fake contact lenses, recorded voice … [Read more...] about How Biometrics Works