Biometrics: What is it?  How does it work?  What are its advantages?

Biometrics is based on the premise that each person is unique and has distinctive physical features (such as their face, fingerprints, iris or voice) and behavioral patterns (such as their signature or gait) that can be used to unequivocally identify any individual.

Based on these physiological or behavioral traits, numerous automated recognition (identification) and authentication (verification) methods have been developed over the years thanks to scientific research and technological progress. This collection of methods and technologies make up the field of modern biometrics.

What are the advantages of biometrics versus other identification methods?

Biometrics requires fewer protective measures than systems that use personal information, wristbands and ID cards. Whereas ID cards and personal information can be stolen or copied relatively easily, stealing a biometric trait is extremely complicated.

Furthermore, cards or any other physical medium, can be lost, where as biometric traits never change (except in a few special cases) and are also always there with the person who they identify. Of course, using biometrics is also more convenient for users, as they do not have to memorize or recall any information, or carry ID cards around with them everywhere they go.

Finally, a biometric system, once successfully in place, has lower maintenance costs than systems based on wristbands or cards, as there are no maintenance costs associated with losing or forgetting these physical identification items.

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