Biometrics--Ready for mainstream?

Biometrics—Ready for mainstream? We’ve been hearing a lot about biometrics lately I think maybe we are at the tipping point when it comes into more widespread use. I recently spoke to John Trader at M2SYS Technology and he gave me...


Hybrid technology


The recurring problems that end users faced when trying to adopt early forms of biometric recognition technology as the single source for their biometric needs set the stage for the development of a hybrid biometric integration software development kit or SDK. In order for a biometric recognition system to be a viable tool for identification and authentication, the system had to be flexible and agile enough to allow integrators to support multiple biometric modalities on a single server, essentially creating a single biometric software for integrators that eliminated their end users from being locked in to one biometric technology or biometric device that might not reliably work for all of their staff. For example, if an end user wanted to implement a biometric time and attendance solution for their demographically diverse workforce, implementing a hybrid biometric platform as their biometric interface would allow them to simultaneously use fingerprint technology at one PC where employees have high fingerprint integrity (i.e. – office staff) and finger vein technology at another PC where employee fingerprints may be harder to read (i.e. – maintenance workers).


As companies adopt a more conservative approach in tough economic times, it’s important to an integrator when investing in a new technology to factor in long-term returns on investment when making a decision on whether or not to integrate. For biometric technology identification and authentication solutions, a hybrid biometric deployment helps hedge against biometric investment risk by allowing integrator’s end users to easily switch between supported biometric technologies without having to incur any development, maintenance or support costs. End users immediately have the ability to deploy the form of biometric technology that best neutralizes varying user, demographic, and environmental conditions.


By eliminating the need for costly upgrades, hybrid biometrics has essentially minimized the risks that are associated with choosing a biometric platform that will meet the needs an increasingly diverse workforce. Hybrid biometric deployments offer built in customization that will grow and evolve as a dynamic workforce continues to change in the years to come. Editor’s note: Reach John at