Biometrics Move to Smart Cards and Smartphones for Access Control

Multiple factors of authentication, including biometrics, can increase the probability that an individual presenting a card to a reader is the same person to whom the card was initially issued.  Biometrics authenticates identity by measuring and verifying an individual’s unique physical characteristics, such as fingerprints, hand and face geometry, or patterns found in the eye’s iris.  Since these identifiers can’t be borrowed or stolen, biometrics provide identity authentication with a strong degree of confidence. 

Trust But Verify

As both personal and corporate data and applications move to the cloud and mobile devices, the saying “trust but verify” takes on new meaning.  It captures the practical reality of a world in which so many of our interactions occur online.  More than ever, we need mechanisms to verify the identity of the entities with whom we interact.