The Biometric Boom
Here at Computerisation Limited we’ve been receiving more enquires regarding biometric technologies, particularly over the last 6 months, which we believe is due to biometric technology being installed into smartphones. Last year when Apple released the highest-grossing iPhones – the 6 and 6 Plus, they sold 10 million in the first 3 days – a figure that keeps growing every year. This illustrates a lot about the constant demand for new technology that includes biometric elements.
At Computerisation, we’ve been selling our biometric technologies in our time and attendance system, ClockInOut for over a decade.
ClockInOut uses biometric finger readers to clock individuals in and out of work and many other places. This ultimately makes going into work hassle-free – whereas you may lose a fob or card, but you cant forget your finger. ClockInOut also stops ‘Buddy clocking’ from occurring, which is often eligible with a fob or card but that’s not all. Having staff clock in and out using a fingerprint scanner, you can see the absence or presence of individuals in the building, this becomes extremely useful if an emergency occurs and requires a roll call.
However, unlike today where fingerprint readings are used for functions such as unlocking smartphones or touching the screen to type – people were wary many years ago because fingerprints were almost primarily associated with crime. That strong link ultimately had an adverse effect on the technology being adopted.
Now, more people recognise that their personal information is not being stored on a computer every time they put their finger on a reader, and it’s not an image of the finger that is stored, it’s just an algorithm of various features of the finger itself.
Fingerprint readers work in many ways. Under the surface, they are very complex and work with defining characteristics used to classify fingerprints. Each finger has a different area in which the scanner will pick up; this consists of features such as ridges and global and local features – (minutia points) which are tiny characteristics of fingerprint ridges. This is what is used for recognition on the scanner.
Even big brands such as Amazon are now using fingerprint recognition to sign into personal Amazon accounts when purchasing goods.
Cardiff Software Developers, Computerisation Limited have been business database specialists and bespoke software developers since 1989. Computerisation Limited, based in Cardiff, South Wales, develop business software systems and database applications for clients throughout the UK.