Decades ago, science-fiction classics like “Star Trek” and “The Fifth Element” imagined how face-scanning technology might be used to verify one’s identity. And they weren’t far off.
Today, facial scanning — better known as facial recognition — is replacing digital keys, codes, and cards for access to locations, devices, and information. So even if the word “biometric” evokes a fear of Space-Odyssey levels of complexity, trust us. It’s pretty simple.
Biometric literally equates to “life” (bio) and “measure” (metric). In other words, it’s the process of identifying the features that make all living things unique. Even mushrooms can be de-capped and laid spores-down on special paper to reveal their unique print. For humans, our eyes, our fingerprints, and the geometry of our faces are a few identifying elements of our biology, as they are considered distinct and differentiating features.
It’s clear that fear of the unknown grows at pace with technology. TSheets recently surveyed 500 US adults to figure out what they know about biometrics.* Turns out, only 1 in 10 knows fingerprint scans, retina and iris scans, DNA tests, handprint geometry, and photographs of faces all contain biometric data.