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What you need to know about biometrics

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By Elisabeth Kindig


In episode 4 of Tech Lightning Rounds, Beth Kindig goes directly to the source of artificial intelligence expertise and hosts discussions with technologists who specialize in the field. Interviews are held in “lightning round” format, which are rapid interviews with tech experts for immediate depth on each topic.

Biometrics authentication uses physical or behavioral human characteristics to identify a person and grant access control. The methods used today are becoming more automated than the antiquated fingerprint scanning, such as facial recognition, which tracks more than 70 points on the face for identification.

Dragana Krcum of Visage Technologies goes well beyond facial recognition to also discuss head tracking, eye tracking, iris tracking and palm vein detection. As she explains, these methods are easier from a processing standpoint, and require very little from the user for authentication.

In the podcast, Krcum also discusses how biometrics are being used in border control across Europe. Notably, the European Parliament voted to interconnect border-control into one searchable database for biometrics-tracking last week.

Privacy is an inevitable part of the discussion, and Krcum is candid as she discusses the challenges we face globally with facial recognition data, including China, and why the General Data Privacy Regulations (GDPR) in Europe may have come at the right time.