The future is in Biometrics
By Matthew Baxter, RGB’s Product Marketing Executive
– Tuesday 4th October 2016
Technology has come on leaps and bounds in the last 10 years. In 1996, who would have thought we’d all be carrying around powerful, pocket-sized computers that are capable of not only making calls, but taking photos, doing your grocery shopping, keeping track of your health and even diagnosing leaky windows (apparently)!
There is so much technology that has come on such a long way in the last 10 years, let alone in the last 100 or more. Technology exists today where you can use your fingerprint, iris, or you face to identify you and this is called ‘Biometrics’. Biometrics is the measurement and statistical analysis of people’s physical and behavioural characteristics. The technology is mainly used for identification and access control, or for identifying individuals that are under surveillance.
Biometric technology isn’t just something out of a James Bond film, but is widely available to the consumer market today. Apple has included fingerprint recognition feature which allows users to unlock their device, as well as make purchases in the various Apple digital media stores.
Today, Biometric technology is more compact, more affordable and has cleverer features than ever before. When combined with a control system, you can even programme different fingers to trigger different actions upon entering a building, such a light settings and music.
Maybe it’s time for the lock and key mechanism invented by Yale in 1861 to move one like the rest of modern technology has. The future is in Biometrics. Also, you’re a lot more likely to lose your keys than you are your finger!