The Past, Present and Future of Biometrics

We are living in a golden age of technology, never before has humankind been treated to such technological marvels. From the internet to facial and iris recognition software, what we all have the opportunity to behold and use is a marvel to behold.

Biometrics can be considered to be magic for the modern age. Science fiction has become science fact, with this technology employed in a wealth of different facilities the world over. Similarly fingerprint recognition software can induce a similar sense of wonder. However, did you know that the roots of fingerprint technology can be traced all the way back hundreds of years? Let’s have a look at the past, present and what the future of biometrics could hold.

The Past                                         

It’s estimated that the first fingerprint recognition technology was employed by the Chinese in the 14th Century using ink to record the unique signature of a person’s finger. This idea didn’t come across to the western world until the 19th Century when Parisian police began to use ink to record,not only fingerprints but, criminals body parts as a means of identification.

Fast forward to the middle of the twentieth century and you see that fingerprint recognition technology becoming popular in law enforcement,most notably by J.Edgar Hoover and the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the USA.

As we continue one through the 20th Century we begin to see other technologies emerging into mainstream society.Video surveillance was employed by the USA and used to identify persons of interest. This technology grew to become a powerful tool in the assistance of crime prevention.

The Present

Today, with technological advancement have accelerated at an exponential rate over the last few decades, face, iris, vascular, voice and are commonplace biometric identification tools. Innovation is arriving all the time,however, this is not without questions. Some innovators have argued over the reliability of employing such technology, and the lack of personal inconspicuousness, however the statistics cannot argue over the success of certain biometric identification techniques.

The Future

As with any technology, there are a number of flaws and concerns. However, with innovation, these flaws are quickly being ironed out. Many futurists agree that biometrics will play a significant part in our future, with certain technologies becoming more prevalent that they are today. Given the capabilities of the technology, and the security the technology offers, it’s hard to disagree that biometrics are anything but positive addition to our lives.