We all recognise the importance of identity. It makes us individuals and gives us a place in the world. So, what happens when identity blends with today’s modern, technologically driven society? Biometrics. Some will claim we are compromising our identity by uniting with technology, others will state that we are using our unique identity to maximise professional potential and enhance personal security.
There will never by a universal attitude towards biometrics precisely because identity is individual. Nonetheless, we can acknowledge the facts surrounding biometrics and consider the impacts of biometrics in business.
Our bodies express their uniqueness in a variety of ways and biometric softwares have evolved to fit these aspects. Fingerprint scanners, iris scanners and facial recognition are some of the most common biometric solutions. They are non-invasive, convenient and secure, benefits which obviously suit businesses constantly looking to improve efficiency and security. We offer all of these products and tailor packages to best suit business needs.
You may not have realised it, but biometrics are ubiquitous. The constant advances in smart technology have made biometrics cheaper and consequently, a standard capability of most smart devices. Fingerprint scanning is pre-installed on the majority of smartphones as a lockscreen option. We use smartphones to socialise, shop, use the internet, take pictures, listen to music, watch TV and more. Our phones not only contain personal information, but they reflect our thoughts, ponderings and daily activity. It makes sense then, that we would want to keep them as uniquely secure as possible. Furthermore, a facial recognition scan is much less invasive than a smartphone that monitors our daily lives and actions. Why would we want to limit this level of security? Surely, our professional identities are just as important as our Facebook passwords?
Affordable Efficiency, Security and Safety
The fact that biometrics are everywhere means that biometric technology is more affordable, particularly to businesses requiring varying levels of security. Thus, it is becoming an increasingly viable method of enforcing not only security for companies, but also for enforcing general efficiency and employee safety.
Businesses with several buildings or sites greatly benefit from biometric technologies. Employees need not remember codes, passwords, keys or keycards; they need only themselves. Biometric technology can be easily integrated with business networks, so that every action is logged. This makes it easier and quicker to locate people, monitor, time and attendance, enforce security measures, evacuate buildings and more. Surely, keeping your employees safe and secure is top priority? Consider this statement from Information Age.
“When you look at the depths of trust and perception of fraud, many people assume it to be the responsibility of the business to protect them. As such, it is imperative any organisation who offers any form of process that requires a transfer of data or capture of personal information, must act responsibly. This shouldn’t mean hindering innovation or new concepts of identity verification, but should do with caution and with the customer at the forefront of any development”.
Businesses already store a lot of personal information regarding their employees, making open communication between the company and employees essential, especially when introducing biometric software. Enforcing this openness will allow biometrics to improve business efficiency and keep people and their private information safer. Biometrics can use identity information to protect employees and should not automatically be viewed as a technological menace looking to hijack personal information for the mere sake of it.
There are some problems with biometrics, as there are with any security precaution. Wired quotes Woodrow Hartzog, an Associate Professor of Law at Samford University.
“[Biometrics] can be great because they are really secure. It’s hard to fake someone’s ear, eye, gait, or other things that make an individual uniquely identifiable. But if a biometric is compromised, you’re done. You can’t get another ear.”
Essentially, a system which utilises biometrics is much harder to hack than your typical security system, but the problems presented after a hacking has occurred are much greater; the better the security, the less likely – but more severe – the consequences.
Biometrics have the capacity to help businesses improve their efficiency and protect their employees by enforcing better physical and personal security measures. In a literal sense, biometrics help to secure our identity and our personal information. It is thus a question of preference.