Biometrics refer to the measurement and comparison of data from unique physical traits of an individual for the purpose of identifying that individual based on those unique traits.

In simplest terms, it is about using physical characteristics to identify people.

Biometric technology is often used for authentication and verification – under strong customer authentication requirements, biometrics fall under the “something you are” category. Applications include physical access control, remote authentication, and online identity verification.

Common Types of Biometrics Used for Authentication and Verification Include:

  • Fingerprint
  • Iris
  • Face
  • Palm
  • Voice

As the world has transitioned from bricks-and-mortar to online services, biometric technology has become crucial for verifying and authenticating a person’s identity when that person is asserting their identity online.

Face biometrics is recognized as the best way to verify user identity online for onboarding and enrollment because the physical face scan can be matched to the photo on a trusted identity document.

For ongoing authentication, biometrics offer a highly convenient, secure, and inclusive alternative to passwords and PINs that can be stolen or forgotten.

Biometric technology can be used for online identity verification and authentication, but it can also be used for face recognition in surveillance. iProov only delivers face verification where the user is fully aware that the process is taking place. We do not deliver face recognition for surveillance. Read more about the difference here.

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