As per a new discovery made by Unisys new regulations are expected to fuse biometrics with wearable technology. But the biggest demand and concern in this respect is the safety of biometric data that has been stored in cloud. Only and only then its adoption in mainstream will become a reality. For those who don’t know, wearable technology refers to those computers and devices that can be adorned by the user and have all kinds of communication abilities permitting the exchange of data between different devices. Biometrics is actually a bunch of technologies under which some very uncommon features of individuals are used in authentication and identification, this includes iris, gait, voice, face, hand, fingerprint, and others.
Mr. John Kendall, the director of border and national program of Unisys, explains “While biometrics have become cheaper, more accurate, and easier to use, the lack of revolutionary change in capture technology has constrained both the types of applications that employ biometrics and types of biometrics used in those applications. But the emergence of wearable technologies has the potential to turn the application of biometrics on its head!”
Most professionals working in the field of biometrics agree that inclusion of biometrics n the wearable technology for identification of suspected officers and criminals can bring revolutionary changes in the world of biometrics.Mr.Kendall further adds “Body worn cameras that clip onto uniforms like a badge, are already being used by law enforcement agencies globally to identify persons of interest by matching against a watch list and notifying the wearer via a smart phone or discreet Bluetooth earpiece. “Many traditional biometric modalities, such as finger, face, iris and voice, can be readily applied to wearable formats. Fingerprint authentication is already accepted on smartphones and could be applied to watches and wristbands via fingerprint swipe sensors. Similarly, as many wearables already incorporate cameras, facial recognition is a logical choice for smart glasses and body worn cameras. ”
The experts say that facial recognition is one of the best things that fusion of biometrics with wearable technology will bring to the world. The only roadblock is the security of other information stored on cloud that will need special privacy settings for safety. Mr.Kendall further explains “However the really exciting future is in radically new biosensors that will transcend the limitation of today’s ‘smart accessories’ to enable practical applications for an entirely new class of non-traditional biometrics.“These include smart clothing – from underwear to shirts and jackets – that has conductive threads to enable the detection, transmission and protection of electrical signals, effectively turning the clothing into a sensor. In the future, multiple sensors in clothing and other wearable formats will communicate with each other via the Internet to create a Wireless Body Area Network (WBAN) enabling the measurement of emerging biometrics such as electrical activity in brain waves (electroencephalogram or EEG) or electrical activity in the heart (electrocardiogram or ECG).”