Biometrics – safer than a password?


Paul Jeremias | Director | Public Security & Identity | Country Manager | South Africa | IDEMIA | mail me |






It is widely acknowledged that biometric technology is the most secure and accurate way of authenticating and verifying an individual.

Biometrics comprise a set of technologies and processes used to recognise, authenticate, and identify people based on certain physical or behavioural characteristics.

There are three main categories:

  • Biological, such as blood
  • morphological, such as fingerprints
  • behavioural, such as gait

Fingerprint, facial, and iris recognition are the most widely used because they combine efficiency with reliability and are the easiest to deploy. A fingerprint, for example, comprises about 100 features, but only a dozen matches are needed to prove that two prints are identical. Irises, too, are unique even in identical twins.

The most powerful biometric systems can

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