Pros and Cons of Biometrics

The field of biometrics is a polarizing and controversial topic, with multiple voices debating the advantages and merits of the technology. Many of the discussions have focused on hypothetical, deeply technical and philosophical issues. Is iris scanning better than hand geometry? Will people ever get over the social stigma of getting their finger prints taken? Are central government databases of everyone’s biometric data a prelude to the worst kind of Orwellian dystopia?

Prison Pulls Plug on Fingerprint Lock

Biometric systems are entering the mainstream of security and access control as the technology improves and system costs come down. All security applications are challenging, and one of the toughest environments is correctional facilities where you can find a large population of people who have time on their hands and mischief on their minds. Some, perhaps, with experience defeating security systems.