What is biometric authentication?
Biometric authentication is a method of verifying a user’s identity using unique physical or behavioural characteristics. These characteristics can include fingerprints, facial features, iris or retina scans and voice recognition.
Biometrics authentication is considered to be highly secure and convenient as being invasive, it eliminates the need to remember numerous passwords or carry physical tokens. Biometric authentication is being used in a wide range of applications, including smartphones, laptops, security cameras, and government identification documents.
What are the different types of biometric authentication?
There are numerous different types of biometric authentication, which include,
- Fingerprint recognition: This involves capturing an image of a person’s fingerprint and comparing it to a previously stored image to confirm their identity. It is considered to be highly accurate and is used in a wide range of applications, including government identification documents, smartphones and laptops.
- Facial recognition: This involves capturing an image of a person’s face and comparing it to a previously stored image to confirm their identity. Another highly accurate method of identification, it has a wide range of applications, including security cameras, mobile devices, and passport control systems.
- Voice recognition: This involves analyzing a person’s voice to confirm their identity. It is based on the fact that every person’s voice is unique and can be used to confirm their identity. Voice recognition is used in a wide range of applications, including mobile devices and security systems.
- Iris and retina scan: These methods involve capturing an image of a person’s iris or retina and comparing it to a previously stored image to confirm their identity. They are considered to be very accurate and are used in high-security applications, such as government and military facilities.
What are the advantages of biometric authentication?
Biometric authentication uses unique physical characteristics to verify an individual’s identity. Some benefits of biometric authentication are,
- Increased security: Biometric authentication is considered more secure than traditional methods such as passwords or PINs, as biometric data cannot be lost, forgotten, or easily stolen.
- Convenience: Biometric authentication eliminates the need to remember or carry login credentials, such as a password or security token.
- Reduced fraud: Biometric authentication makes it more difficult for fraudsters to impersonate someone else, as it is based on unique physical or behavioural characteristics that are difficult to replicate.
- Easy of usage: Biometric authentication is generally easy for users to use, as it involves simple actions such as scanning a fingerprint or face, or speaking a voice command.
How does uqudo’s biometric authentication work?
uqudo uses Face Authentication, Fingerprint Authentication and Palm Authentication to authenticate users, which includes the following steps,
- The user enrols in the system by providing a biometric template, that generally involves facial features, fingerprints, voice or irises.
- The user then logs in using the biometric provided while enrolling.
- A liveness check is done to confirm if the user logging in is a real person
- Biometrics provided during login is compared with the template provided during enrolment and if valid, allow the user to log in.
To learn more about our biometric authentication capabilities, get in touch with our team