The use of biometrics in law enforcement dates as far back as the late 1800s. But early matching methods such as the Henry System were time-consuming and often inconclusive; it wasn’t until the 1970s that computers began helping law enforcement agencies automate fingerprint matching to achieve greater efficiency and accuracy. In the 1980s, the FBI [...]
A civil ABIS (automated biometric identification system) stores and searches biometric data enrolled from a civilian population for applications such as citizen credentialing and border management. Its purpose is to compare one biometric sample (e.g. fingerprint, face, or iris) to those of everyone else in one or more databases in order to retrieve that record [...]
Before an employer officially hires new personnel, security protocols typically require them to verify their applicant’s claimed identity. This process is known as “identity proofing”. It ensures that the identity information supplied by the applicant is truthful and accurate, answering the question, “who are you?” and in doing so, establishing them as a trusted employee. That employee’s identity can then verified and authenticated for future security-related purposes, such as physical access control or systems login. Identity proofing is critical in part because it helps employers know with confidence who it is [...]
Biometric identification is a process by which biometric data of an individual such as their fingerprint, face, or iris images is submitted for search against a potentially large biometric database in order to detect whether an identity record exists for that individual. A system used for this process is called an “automated biometric identification system” [...]
Financial institutions have taken great strides over the course of decades to make banking more secure and convenient. The goal today is to let customers manage their money intuitively and on their terms, while keeping it safe from fraudsters, hackers, and other bad actors.
A brief history of biometrics Fingerprint-based identification began in law enforcement. An Argentine detective first solved a crime using a latent print (left behind by the perpetrator) in 1892. In 1901, detectives in England and Wales officially began using fingerprints in criminal identification. Their use snowballed from there. By 1946, the FBI managed a [...]
An expert conversation on the death of the password, biometric liveness detection, and the future of identity in the workplace. It’s On-Device Biometrics Month at FindBiometrics, a five-week deep dive on the authentication paradigm that’s killing passwords. That’s why, in the latest episode of The FindBiometrics & Mobile ID World Podcast, host Peter Counter sits down with David Benini, [...]
BIOMETRIC TECHNOLOGIES TAKE US TO THE NEXT LEVEL - New Work Means New Security Challenges: Work has changed. Advances in mobility and connectivity have accelerated the evolution of the modern business, allowing new types of enterprises to emerge. Thanks to the ubiquity of smartphones, tablets, and other connected devices, the classic nine-to-five workday confined to the cubicles of an office space is no longer the norm.
The US Department of Defense uses Aware’s WebEnroll™ platform on 3,500 workstations for browser-based biometric enrollment and data management to make their background check system more secure and its maintenance more efficient. The U.S. Department of Defense workforce consists of 1.4 million men and women in uniform, and over 800,000 civilian personnel. The Defense [...]
WHITE PAPER | Biometrics in government: how cross-jurisdictional search services strengthen biometric identification
Governments worldwide rely on passports and the relatively limited biographic information they contain for identification of citizens in a variety of critical applications, such as immigration and border management. But they are increasingly using biometrics to augment their identity proofing efforts. Biometrics such as a fingerprint, face, and iris are more unique, consistent, and [...]