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Your Body Is Your Key | PR Ireland

How was your day?

May I ask did you have difficulty arriving at the carpark and getting into the building? Did you have to show your ID to come up the lift, passed security and log on to your station in the office?

Today, some medical doctors’ offices are now using palm scanners to check in patients, while a face or fingerprint unlocks many smartphones. Facial recognition has become more common in airports, stadiums and concert venues and even some Irish banks. In the coming years, some security industry executives say, advances in artificial intelligence and sensor technology could help organisations use multiple pieces of biometric data at once. This is like the pieces of a puzzle that make up an employee.

As we have witnessed, Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs has recently brought in the use of biometrics where ones biometric information will be shared with the authorities of the United Kingdom and searched against Irish and UK immigration and police databases as part of the visa application process.

Aside from convenience, security experts say biometrics offer stronger protection for buildings and data than a keycard or a password can. We have all found it is quite easy to copy an employee’s password, but using biometrics it’s really hard to copy an employee’s face that’s actually moving. This makes the new system of biometrics using identity-verification and digital-security systems bullet proof.

Future office security systems could simply lock out people who are not recognised or cleared by the company.

What people will discover shortly is that biometric scans are an important deterrent as attempts to hack corporate systems have become more frequent and sophisticated.

Tech giants such as the mighty four Google, Apple, Amazon and Microsoft have become members of an industry association that is developing digital security standards. They aim to reduce reliance on passwords. Instead, they are pushing for the use of passkeys, in which a piece of encrypted code on a physical device, such as a phone or laptop, is unlocked with the user’s biometrics.

Face images, liveness detection, iris scans, vein scans, heart rate, everyone has a unique pulse or some biorhythms that uniquely mark you as you, and can be used for sign-in purposes.

Many of us remember the movie ‘Minority Report’ starring Tom Cruise where eye scans featured heavily in this film. All you need to do is to just look into the reflection of that device that you are looking at, and it could read your iris and automatically give you all of the access that you need for whatever you need to interact with.

Instead of posing for a photo and setting up passwords, in the future a new employee might spend a few minutes supplying biometric information. Face scanned, gait analysed, spoken phrase recorded and voilà: Your body becomes your security key. Welcome to the digital world.


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