Five ways biometric technology is used in everyday life


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Five ways biometric technology is used in everyday life 8 September 2016

Biometric technology is on the rise in 2016 and now even smartphones are utilising the technology in a number of ways, including facial recognition, fingerprint scanning and eye scanning. 

The technology is expected to continue its growth in the consumer sphere through mobile devices and ‘Internet of Things’ smart appliances.

Here are five ways that we expect this growth will impact our daily lives:


Home Security

The humble door key is still the most common entry system for homes but in the future a more advanced biometric locking system could become standard. Currently the technology is available but it is primarily used in office buildings. With a fingerprint scanning door handle coming in at £250+ a reduction in price and more consideration for home aesthetics could bring biometric technology into every home.


Financial Services

Most new smartphones are able to read fingerprints to approve card payments, but bank branches and ATMs could be on the verge of a technological upgrade of their own. Brazilian bank Bradesco rolled out palm scanning at over 35,000 ATMs in 2013, providing a second layer of security for customers.  Not simply a fingerprint scanner, the technology scans the vascular pattern of the hand, mapping the layout of veins to verify identity and satisfying a ‘liveness’ check.



The UK is one of the world leaders in the implementation of biometric technology in schools.  Since 2002 many libraries began using fingerprint scanning to replace the traditional library card, while 350 schools were using similar technology to that of American prisons for access, attendance and even managing payments in school canteens.  A number of security and privacy-based legal challenges have hindered the proliferation of biometrics in schools but with a robust privacy policy the technology could become commonplace in the near future.

Data security

Currently there are relatively few laptop and desktop computers on the market that feature fingerprint scanning as a security method, while smartphones and tablets are leading the way in the consumer market. As we continue to store more data on devices and in the cloud the focus on security will continue to rise.  Whether fingerprint scanning becomes the norm ahead of complicated passwords or a supplementary two step verification method, it looks likely that we’ll be using our prints to guard our data in the future.


Gun control

Engineer Omer Kiyani, a victim of a shooting at age 16, has developed an answer to gun security by developing an attachment that checks the fingerprint of the user before unlocking the firearm.  The technology offers instant access to the authorised user while preventing accidental or unauthorised fire. Using similar technology, a fan of Marvel’s Thor character created a real life version of the mythical God of Thunder’s hammer, which only he can lift, using an electromagnet and fingerprint scanner.


State-of-the-art biometric identification

The Lava Group’s Biometric Access Control is a state-of-the-art biometrics solution that accurately confirms the identity, and controls the movement, of all individuals as they enter and leave a correctional facility.


Created specifically for the unique demands of the high security environment where accurate identity is paramount, our Biometric Access Control provides the highest levels of security, speed and flexibility.

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