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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as for use in self-storage facilities and residences.Access codes, keys, and electronic cards are becoming outdated.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.