Coolest Biometrics in Order of “Coolness”

Posted by on March 31, 2011 in Security Systems [ 3 Comments ]

Biometrics…the same technology you’ve seen in James Bond and Batman movies has actually been around for quite some time. Adopted by businesses or homes to ramp up their security system and protect your critical assets, we are seeing a massive influx in people interested in the technology. Here is a shortlist of some of the most popular biometric access control systems:

  1. Retinal Scanners– Retina scanners get the top spot for being, not only the coolest technology, but the most secure. Retinal scanners scan a user’s iris or retina with an invisible laser. Retina scanners have an extremely low false acceptance rate at around 1 per 1.5 million attempts. This is because the eyeball is one of the most unique features on our bodies. They also boast a false rejection rate around 0%, meaning that if you are supposed to gain access you will never not be granted access, given you aren’t wearing colored or lizard contacts.
  2. Facial Scanning- Facial scanner nabbed the 2nd coolest biometrics spot because the technology is pretty intricate and unique. Facial scanners base their acceptance on an algorithm which detects landmarks on your face, and measures the distance between them. The eye sockets, nose, cheekbones and chin are all analyzed with thousands of lasers. It does typically take around 15 seconds, but it is really cool, and not as invasive as retina scanning.
  3. Voice Verification – Voice Verification got the third spot on here because the ability open doors with your voice is really unique. This access control method works by matching your voice with a pre-recorded template. Every voice has unique traits, tone authentication is commonly used to verify identity over the phone.
  4. Fingerprints – The most common method of biometrics is fingerprint scanners which is why it took number 4 on our shortlist. Fingerprint biometric technology has already matured and been adopted by gyms and businesses to grant access. The technology is non-invasive and provides a quick, accurate way of verifying identity. The typical false rejection rate is around 3% where the false acceptance rate hovers around .01%.

There are hundreds of ways for security systems to verify identity through biometrics. In the next ten years we may not be storing passwords, we may simply need our fingerprint or a facial scan to pay for services, verify identity and more. If your business is looking for price quotes from access control systems vendors in your area, click here to visit our local access control systems page.

3 thoughts on “Coolest Biometrics in Order of “Coolness”

  1. avatarAlex

    Some fundemental errors in this article:
    1. The retina and iris are two different features of the eye, iris recognition uses a simple infra-red camera to take a photograph of the front of the eye and has the accuracy you talk about. Retina scanning has almost died out as a technology and did use a laser to characterise the rear of the eye, accuracy of this technology was always disputed.
    2. Facial “scanning” doesn’t (except in some rare deployments) use lasers, it uses a standard photograph. Occassionally infra-red or structured light is used, but these are uncommon deployments, standard photographic equipment being cheaper and more reliable. The technology also hasn’t relied on landmark points since the 1990’s and uses complex algorithms based on mathematical rather than physical “features”, such as a representation of skin texture.
    3. Voice verification doesn’t rely on “tone”, it again relies on a complex analysis of the non-textual features of the voice.

  2. avatarMatt Krautstrunk Post author

    Alex, thanks for the info. There is definitely a great deal of different biometric technologies available, but you are right. The fundamental purpose of the article is to help business owners understand the biometric technologies that are out there for access control, but I appreciate the edits!

  3. avatarCary Garcia

    An iris scanner capable of handling heavy traffic has come to market. The system is called InSight and is produced by AOptix Technologies. It is faster and more hygienic than fingerprint scans, and is just getting implemented in some international airports. There is more information here:
    It will be seen in action this summer vacation season. Please do not hesitate to share this information with your readers or contact me for more information.

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