Access control has gone beyond simply typing in a password. Now, people can use intrinsically unique ways (i.e. fingerprints or irises) to access nearly any device or building. This is known as biometrics. The term biometrics is actually derived from a Greek word that means “life and measurement”.
In the case of modern biometrics, this includes capturing and analyzing biological data like palm and finger prints, faces, eyes and many other identifiers.
Uses of Biometrics
Biometrics can be used for a variety of functions. For example, Apple iPhone users can unlock their devices with fingerprints. But there are more uses for biometrics beyond simply unlocking a phone.
Other uses include:
- Obtaining access to government and private buildings like banks, schools, courthouses and other federal and state facilities
- Logging into a computer with your saved preferences
- Logging time clock hours
- Maintaining security
- Even advertising (i.e. scanning your fingerprint and then showing ads that best fit your preferences)
While there are many advantages to biometrics, the testing associated with this technology can be extensive.
What Does Biometrics Testing Involve?
The biometrics application needs to meet certain requirements in order to be considered a success. These include:
- Quality and amount of data: A scan needs to capture enough data points to discriminate from one user to the next. If the number of data points captured is relatively low, then there won’t be enough differences between two individuals, and duplicates may be created. The data must also be accurate – as close to perfect as possible.
- Repeatability: Scans typically don’t take place in the same location under the same conditions at the same time of day. To ensure that a biometrics application is successful, it needs to be repeatable. The scan must work the same no matter what the variations are.
- Ease of use: A scan must also not be overly complicated. If it requires too many steps, then it won’t be practical to use on a day-to-day basis. It must not also take too long to capture the data. Similar to website response time, end-users won’t use an application that takes too long to load.
- End-user: Like any other application, the end-user must see benefits from the applications. If the end-user is not willing to use the application, then the application won’t become popular.
Testing is a must for any type of technology, but especially for newer technologies like biometrics. Biometrics testing typically involves both testing and certification. iBeta Quality Assurance is an accredited Biometrics Testing Lab. Click here to learn more about our Biometrics lab and procedures.