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TABLE OF CONTENTS BIOMETRICS2 1INTRODUCTION2 11Biometrics Background2 12History of Biometrics2 13Areas of Research2 2RESEARCH INFORMATION4 21Biometric Methods Used4 22Areas of Implementation5 23Future Advances6 24Negative Aspects7 25Positive Aspects7 3CONCLUSION8 4 REFERENCES9 5 BIBLIOGRAPHY10 Websites10 Books10 Other sources11 6 APPENDIX 112 BIOMETRICS 1INTRODUCTION 11Biometrics Background Biometrics comes from the Latin words Bios - life and Metron - to measure it is the oldest form of identification Biometrics cannot be guessed or stolen because it is you Your iris scan allows you to access your office Your voice could unlock the door of your house Are you the key Is reality that simple 1 We all have unique attributes for example DNA and fingerprints we can also identify someone by their voice and signature therefore with the advances in information technology this form of identification and verification is being introduced more widely For example schools businesses law enforcement and airport security 12History of Biometrics Biometrics can be traced back to Egyptian times when it was used to identify workers The pay the workers received normally consisted of wheat and barley and it was discovered that some workers tried to claim their allocated allowance more than once a month by maintaining another identity This lead to extra details being taken about each individual worker for identification to verify whom they said they were The details taken included features such as a straight nose long face and scars these details could be supplemented with measurements of their physical attribute 2 Another known practice of biometrics was used in China during the fourteenth century it was reported by Portuguese historian Joao de barros that Chinese merchants would stamp childrens palm and footprints on paper with ink to distinguish them from each other 3 13Areas of Research Biometrics is now becoming more popular
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