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What are biometrics?


Biometrics is the most pertinent means of identifying and authenticating individuals in a reliable and fast way through the use of unique biological characteristics.

Biometrics allows a person to be identified and authenticated based on a set of recognizable and verifiable data, which are unique and specific to them.

It is the process of comparing data for the person’s characteristics to that person’s biometric “template” to determine resemblance.

  • The reference model is first stored in a database or a secure portable element like a smart card.
  • The stored data is then compared to the person’s biometric data to be authenticated. Here it is the person’s identity that is being verified.

It consists of determining the identity of a person.

  • The aim is to capture an item of biometric data from this person. It can be a photo of their face, a record of their voice, or an image of their fingerprint.
  • This data is then compared to the biometric data of several other persons kept in a database.

Who needs biometrics?

An everyday individual

will seek to protect their personal property and have access to it quickly. This must be done free of concerns. about security, length and cost of process

Public administrations

are confronted with multiple issues at once. They need to issue documents compliant with new international standards and regulations, guarantee the security of systems for the production, check of such materials, and data interoperability.

The justice system

must take the necessary time to identify a criminal and cannot accept the slightest error. They have to make it easier to cross borders while controlling illegal immigration, fighting terrorism, cybercrime, and electoral fraud.

The technical challenges of automated recognition of individuals based on their biological and behavioral characteristics are inherent to the transformation of analog as face image to digital information as patterns that can then be processed, compared, and matched with effective algorithms.

Biometric security

Who are you?

The person is identified as one, among others. The person's personal data to be identified are compared with the data of other persons stored in the same database or possibly other linked databases.

Are you really who you say you are?

Biometrics allows the person’s identity to be certified by comparing the data that they provide with pre-recorded data for the person they claim to be.

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