Using a Biometrics Identity Verification System allows individuals to identify themselves to organizations using data derived from their unique biological traits. Unique biometric identification can come from the characteristics of fingerprints or hand geometry. It can also be derived from the individual’s face, the retina or iris of the eye, earlobe geometry, voice acoustics reflecting their physiology, DNA, even their unique gait as they walk.
While there are many biometrics approaches, selecting one that works for your business can be simple. As a starting point, this blog will answer these basic questions:
- Who needs a Biometrics Identity Verification System and why?
- What are the risks of traditional identification methods that make them so vulnerable?
- How do biometrics work? Are they difficult or simple to implement?
- What are the best biometric solutions for your unique business needs?
- What does it take to integrate a biometric solution into your system?
1. Who needs a Biometrics Identity Verification System and why?
Biometrics IDV (identity verification) systems are being adopted at a high rate for critical high-population applications such as healthcare, banking, and education. They are well-suited for highly reliable identification on a large scale when the consequences of individual breaches can be costly.
If your organization faces identification challenges similar to these industries, biometrics can help:
- Law enforcement and public security for definitive recognition of criminals and suspects.
- Military identification, where recognizing an enemy or an ally on the spot is essential.
- Border, travel, and migration control for processing travelers, migrants, and passengers quickly and accurately.
- Civil identification for citizens, residents, voters, and other critical identification.
- Healthcare and subsidies for managing patient, beneficiary, and healthcare professional identification and access.
- Physical and logical access control for property owners, users, employees, contractors, partners.
- Commercial applications for identifying customers and protecting their personal data.
2. What are the risks of traditional identification methods that make them so vulnerable?
The adoption of biometric solutions has accelerated significantly. Organizations have recognized the challenges of adapting to a post-pandemic, often virtual world with accompanying opportunities for criminal exploitation of digital access methods. The opportunities are already being actively exploited: a recent report from Onfido noted that identity fraud increased by over 40% over the past year alone.
Increasing use of two-prong identification techniques such as 2FA (two-factor authentication) makes sense as a response, but recent high-profile 2FA data breaches at Reddit and Voxox suggest otherwise. Active exploit techniques and tools for 2FA strategies such as SMS and emailed one-time passwords, and the “PUSH” technique of proactively requesting user approval are readily available. Biometric solutions leapfrog the incremental “cat and mouse” security implementation process that 2FA and PUSH are typical of, giving both businesses and consumers a break from frequent security method changes.
3. How do biometrics work? Are they difficult or simple to implement?
A Biometrics Identity Verification System challenges the person to actively confirm their identity, beyond the claims their ID might make. With a stored reference model of biometrics information on file, the system compares live-captured unique characteristics such as facial data provided in real-time against the reference data. If the system determines that there’s a valid and unique resemblance, biometric identification is successful. While this technology might seem complicated, implementation is typically through an API-based interface or other solid and straightforward technique.
4. What are the best biometric solutions for your unique business needs?
Currently available biometric solutions include the use of face matching and liveness detection, iris pattern recognition, palm geometry analysis, and DNA-based recognition and fingerprint recognition. Combining traditional ID scanning and biometric solutions is called “multimodal” biometrics and increases security and accuracy without increasing complexity.
Fast and easy biometric recognition solutions can be obtained by combining face matching and liveness detection with ID scanning, for example.
5. What does it take to integrate a biometric solution into your system?
Choose a cross-platform compatible solution such as an API-based one for ready integration into your systems and applications, requiring the least amount of subject knowledge for your technology staff to be successful. You’ll be in good company: a survey by Spiceworks indicates nearly 90 percent of businesses planned to employ biometric solutions by 2020
Device-agnostic verification solutions such as facial authentication are your best choice of specific biometric verification type. They allow secure customer access to the tasks they need to perform from a variety of platforms including smartphones, laptops, and other mobile devices.