identiMetrics Biometric FAQs
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Dr. Raymond J. Fry 1 minute and 26 seconds
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Questions & Answers
Q: What is biometric identification?
A: Biometrics are automated methods of recognizing a person based on a physiological or behavioral characteristic. They include face, fingerprint, hand geometry, handwriting, iris, retina, vein and voice – anything that’s a part of you.
Q: Why choose finger scanning for identification?
A: Because it's fast, accurate, cost‐eﬀective and secure.
Q: Can my fingerprint be given to anyone else?
A: No. There are no fingerprint images stored. Only encrypted numerical representations of the unique points of the fingerprint are stored.
Q: Can my fingerprint data be taken oﬀ the computer and used to re‐create my fingerprint?
A: No. identiMetrics never takes your fingerprint, only unique points. The actual fingerprint cannot be recreated from the encrypted template.
Q: Can my fingerprints be taken from the computer software and used on another fingerprinting system?
A: No. identiMetrics uses a proprietary algorithm that can only be used with identiMetrics software.
Q: Can my fingerprints be copied or used by anyone else?
A: No. It is impossible to duplicate or falsify fingerprints from the information stored in the identiMetrics software.
Q: Do twins have the same fingerprints?
A: No. Every person has unique fingerprints, even twins.
Q: Do finger scanners spread germs?
A: According to a Purdue University study, biometric sensors are no dirtier than doorknobs.
Q: Can anyone get into the identiMetrics database and extract a fingerprint image or a digital template and associate it to a particular person?
A: According to Dr. Stephanie Schuckers, Director for the Center for Identification Technology Research at Clarkson University, the biometric software does not store the user’s fingerprint image. The images are destroyed after they are used to build a unique mathematical model using both minutia based and vector analysis. That encrypted digital template cannot be de‐encrypted and decoded to obtain the minutia based template and consequently recreate the original fingerprint image.
Q: Why Biometrics in Schools?
A: Many areas in an organization require identification. The most common kinds of identification currently in use are picture ID cards, PINs, and, of course, visual identification. Each of these methods creates its own issues and is a drain on time and resources. Cards are regularly forgotten, lost, mutilated and shared; PINs are easily forgotten, swapped or stolen. Also, visual identification is a poor solution, especially with today’s considerable security concerns and reporting issues. By using biometrics for identification, the problems and costs associated with the current methods can be avoided and new standards of accountability can be put into place.
Q: What about privacy concerns?
A: Parents need to trust both schools and the service providers that work with schools. In an eﬀort to ensure that parents can be confident in how organizations use student data, the Future of Privacy Forum and the Software & Information Industry Association have developed a Student Privacy Pledge that education service providers are signing to show their commitment to safeguarding student privacy. identiMetrics was an early signatory of the Student Privacy Pledge.
The Difference Between
Biometric Identification Software &
Biometric Law Enforcement Applications