Biometrics – the techniques for authentication which rely on measurable characteristics that can be automatically checked. Different aspects of biometrics include biometric data, matching and verification.

  • Biometric identification (video 1:55) – Biometric screening is being used increasingly across the world as authorities and travel operaters attempt to boost security and clamp down on identity fraud.
  • face recognition – uses images of a person’s face for recognition and identification.
  • voice recognition – computer systems that can recognize spoken words. Voice recognition can take dictation, but does not understand what is being said.
  • eye track – a combination of an eye-tracker device (small video camera) to capture a person’s eye motion or point of gaze, and software, which is used to record and analyze the digital images from the device. Eye tracking technology may be used as a replacement for a computer mouse, or in marketing, it is used for measuring and analyzing how people interact with products.

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direct fingerprint reader (fingerprint scanner or fingerprint reader) – a biometrics device that uses automated methods of recognizing a person based on unique physical characteristics of a person’s fingerprint. A fingerprint is made up of a pattern of ridges and furrows as well as characteristics that occur at minutiae points (ridge bifurcation or a ridge ending). Fingerprint scanning provides an identification of a person based on the acquisition and recognition (or verification) of those unique patterns and ridges in a fingerprint. Fingerprint devices are by far the most popular form of biometric security use