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The process of recognizing a human being using one or more inherent physical traits. For example, one may identify a criminal using his/her fingerprints. Biometric products are used for a variety of government and commercial purposes, often for security.


Increasingly popular building security system technology that relies on automated identification of physical characteristics such as fingerprints or retinal scans in order to determine access rights.The technology and the cost have both reached the point that consumer-level biometric security devices are available,such as for use in self-storage facilities and residences.Access codes, keys, and electronic cards are becoming outdated. Developers should bear this in mind when designing new construction and spend a minor amount of extra money necessary for wiring to accommodate biometric systems.

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From undergraduate and graduate students to researchers and practitioners working in this field, "Biometrics in a Data Driven World" is specifically designed for individuals interested in exploring the contemporary applications of biometrics.
In total, UGA has spent $150,000 on its biometrics program--$2,000 for each of the indoor models and $3,000 for every outdoor model, says Smith.
Unisys has extensive experience integrating biometric technology and deploying identification solutions that range from passports, driver's licenses, and voter registration cards to facilities and network access," said Ed Schaffner, director, Positive Identification and Access Control Solutions, Unisys.
Biometrics may solve this problem, since a fingerprint or an iris is undeniably connected to its owner.
IWS Biometric Engine Border Management, coupled with the Biometric Engine Image Quality and Enhancement product, improves the accuracy and effectiveness of biometrics, increasing the biometric performance, and maintaining database and image integrity.
Biometrics is one of the technologies that will improve law enforcement agents' ability to identify people attempting to enter the country illegally.
Convergence of physical and logical access control is witnessing increased thrust because of law enforcement, homeland security initiatives, and standardization efforts for biometric technologies.
With a strong presence in the United States, Europe and Asia, Cross Match is dedicated to supporting the goals of the EBF, which will also serve as a network to facilitate the exchange of information across the biometric community.
Governments in the Asia Pacific have allocated around $100 million for facial recognition biometrics and another $120 million for fingerprinting biometrics.
Fewer Regulatory Issues Favour the Emergence of the Asia Pacific Biometrics Market
WASHINGTON -- The International Biometric Industry Association (IBIA) - the biometric industry's leading trade organization -- today named three industry leaders to the association's Board of Directors: LG Electronics, USA, Iris Technology Division CEO Charles Koo; Motorola, Biometrics Business Unit, Vice President and General Manager, Darrin Reilly; and James Ziglar, CEO of Cross Match Technologies.