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Biometric identification technology is a highly advanced security measure that allows a high level of protection from entrance of unauthorized persons to specific areas. The biometric technology is so accessible today that even common people can use it in their office or their private homes to increase their safety.
The variety of identification measures based on biometric technology include a voice signature, visual autograph which is based on fingerprings or facial features which unique to each individual, and even a signature based on the way we alk. An example for everyday use of biometric security which will be possible in the future is the possibility of unlocking our smartphones by iris identification: The cell phone will first scan the iris using a special camera, thus allowing only the owner access to it. Iris identification technology can also be beneficial in securing drug cabinets or certain rooms in the house.
Another example of biometric technology use, which is already being applied today, is identifying the unique voice signature in every individual in order to allow limited access to paid television channels. This security measure is especially beneficial to parents who wish to prevent their children from watching certain contents such as VOD contents which usually require paying extra.
Experts expect that in the future, with the trend of Internet of Things entering our lives more inherently with all that implies, the house as a whole will become smarter and more secured. The front door to the house, for instance, could be locked with biometric technology and opened only after recognizing the family memebers’ facial features. The Internet of Things technology will allow the house to activate the air conditioner to the desired temperature after recognizing the body temperature of the person walking into the house, as well as turning on the television to the channel which best suits their mood.
The biometric identification technology isn’t just about facial features, iris or fingerprint. Additional recognition features under the biometric category are a person’s way of talking, pattern of typing on the computer’s keyboard and even recognizing their specific walk. It seems the future is heading towards biometric security, but experts do warn that we mustn’t count on this technology alone but that we must keep using our old and familiar security systems such as passwords. Combining advantages of each security system will ensure for a much safer, more secured world.