Biometrics: Moving Far Beyond Fingerprints

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Biometrics in restaurants

According to Yi Chen, VP of Product at Toast Restaurant Operating System, transactions in restaurants will be even faster when biometrics move past fingerprint hardware to things like facial recognition. Fingerprint is hardware expensive and, especially in a restaurant setting, people's fingers can get dirty because they are around food, drinks and dirty cups/dishes. “Facial recognition scanning is a very interesting new technology leveraging built-in cameras of cloud-based tablets, no need for additional hardware that has to be maintained (which slows down lines),” Chen says. It can even allow management to see which employees are excelling and provide better incentives to those employees.

Security used to mean “difficult,” says Phil Dunkelberger, CEO of Nok Nok Labs. It’s easy to see why he thinks this. Organizations have struggled for decades to find security tools that kept out bad guys while admitting authorized persons. This is both a physical security and cybersecurity issue.

But, Dunkelberger adds, thanks to the impact of biometrics over the past few years, security is no longer quite as difficult. “Every day,” he says, “millions of people interact with a sliver of glass in their pocket that will tell them everything from the current age of the universe to when their shampoo will be delivered to their doorstep to how much money they have in their retirement account. Each of these interactions, thanks to biometrics, can be accomplished seamlessly and without friction. No longer are they required to create and remember a highly entropic code to use as a shared-secret; now they can simply look at that sliver of glass and blink.”

Biometrics are changing the way we think about security. Here are some of the more innovative ways biometrics are being used and what we can expect in the future.

 

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