Biometric testing is gaining popularity and is starting to branch out into every industry.  Whether your system will be doing verification or identification, biometric screening can make it both an easier and a more secure system.   The more secure you want your system, the more advanced you will want your biometric screening.  I will outline a few of the biometric tests that we are currently investigating for our Compendium™ platform.

1. Facial Recognition: This is not a very secure method at first, but there are different algorithms that solve the little problems that this system has like being fooled by a photograph. This system is still susceptible to the false acceptance of identical twins and some family members may also be able to receive a positive identification.  We are currently using facial recognition forCompendium™, and we have found it to be sufficient for the current security level at which we are operating.

2. Fingerprint Scan: Fingerprints are very distinct, even between twins, and the data can be quickly collected and analyzed. This is a solid step up in security, as it is harder to spoof the data but not impossible.  Depending on your level of security you could add multiple fingers to the scan and possibly even the full palm print (which is its own biometric). All of these elevate the level of security higher.

3. Iris Scan: The last biometric test is the most secure of the group. You would think that it is DNA, but that is not easily collected and takes weeks to analyze for a positive identification. The iris is unique on every human being and has multiple different variations that can be tested. The iris can be tested for the inner and outer borders, as well as, the texture of the iris itself. The texture of the iris is more different and distinct than a fingerprint and can be easily collected for a secure and high performance identification measurement.  Valtronic is currently investigating the integration of iris scanning into the Compendium™ solution for the customers that deem this level of security necessary.

The key is to find the one, or combination, that best matches your security needs.

These are just three of the biometric tests that we are currently working with, but there are plenty of other biometric tests that are available. You do not want to have to use a retinal scanner to log the amount of steps you performed today, but you would also not want to just use facial recognition to gain access to confidential information or locations.  The key is to find the one, or combination, that best matches your security needs.

This blog post comes at a great time, as we release the Compendium™ for the U.S. market (a secure implant and physiological data connectivity platform) this February at the MD&M Anaheim Show.