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What are Biometric Readers and Where You Will be Seeing More of Them

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Once the stuff of science fiction and now becoming increasingly commonplace, modern life will be seeing more biometric readers in everyday life.

As cybersecurity gets increasingly sophisticated, so too has the need to come up with ever-more long and complicated passwords and passcodes. Not to mention the need to have a different one for every log-in or risk a hacker gaining access to your every online account in an instant; hence the rise in biometric technologies. Biometric scanners essentially read information about you and check that information against the database – this could be a fingerprint, facial recognition, or something else.

Think about the futuristic palm or eye scanners you have seen in action movies – those future predictions weren’t far wrong, and we are already seeing real-life applications of this kind of tech.

Here are just some of the places you can expect to see biometric readers popping up more often.

Banking

While some people are already accessing banking apps using fingerprint reading technology, you can also expect to start seeing them being used in branches.

You might also have started to notice the emergence of biometrics at ATMs too.

Building Access

Offices and official buildings, along with some residential properties, are seeing the benefits of biometric security.

Access Control Systems which use biometric readers can allow or deny access to a premises by comparing characteristics such as facial features or fingerprints. These readings can also be used in conjunction with a PIN for added security.

Biometrics are also being viewed, in a post-covid world, as a method of contactless entry, reducing transmission of germs in these types of high-traffic areas.

ID

Using biometrics as a form of ID can speed up processes and increase security.

This could mean it could be used instead of showing your driver’s license to police officers, for example.

Already in use are e-passports which have personal information stored in the biometric chip embedded in the document. This has added an extra level of safety as the passport it’s much harder to forge and better identifies the passport holder.

One day we could see frictionless borders using biometric systems to verify passengers. This automation of the border process would mean verification is completed in a matter of seconds, reducing waiting times for passengers.

Smart Locks

It’s not just big businesses that can harness the power of biometrics either. For individuals looking to make things more secure or who are fed up with forgetting the four-digit code for their combination lock, you can now purchase padlocks that read fingerprints, making collecting your bike late at night that little bit easier.

These are just a few examples of where biometrics are edging their way into our lives, so much so that it’s almost become normalized.

With scanners and readers appearing more regularly it will soon become second nature to expect a fingerprint or face scan to allow us access to something or somewhere and maybe one day, all the endless password reminders and lost or forgotten swipe cards and keys will become a dim and distant memory.

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