From Anthropometry to Fingerprint Systems

By Asem Othman | July 19, 2018
This is part of a series of blogs diving into the technical aspects of Veridium’s distributed data model, biometrics, and computer vision research and development by our chief biometric scientist Asem Othman. In the nineteenth century, Alphonse Bertillon, a French policeman, was the first to introduce the science of identifying a person based on his/her […]
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What Is A Biometric System, and How To Secure It

By Asem Othman | July 19, 2018
This is part of a series of blogs diving into the technical aspects of Veridium’s distributed data model, biometrics, and computer vision research and development by our chief biometric scientist Asem Othman. In our vast, inter-connected world, the need for reliable identity authentication techniques has become of paramount importance. And addressing this need is the […]
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Authentication is in the Iris of the Beholder

By Asem Othman | July 19, 2018
This is part of a series of blogs diving into the technical aspects of Veridium’s distributed data model, biometrics, and computer vision research and development by our chief biometric scientist Asem Othman. The term ocular, derived from its Latin root oculus, broadly refers to the anatomical regions and structures related to the eye. Ocular biometrics refers […]
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How Secure Is Biometric Data?

By Constantine von Hoffman | July 11, 2018
As with any data, biometric information is only as secure as the system that protects it. There is nothing inherent in raw biometric data that makes it more secure. However, if it is stolen, it can be very difficult to use. Biometric data can be stored on servers, an end-user’s device, or through a distributed-data model […]
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Facial Recognition Systems Won’t Stop School Shootings

By Ian E. Muller | June 21, 2018
In a desperate effort to put an end to student shootings, U.S. schools are willing to try almost anything to improve security. Across the nation, facial recognition systems have been sold to schools with the promise they will identify problematic parents, expelled students, and criminals. But there is little proof these systems can do that. […]
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Take What is Offered: Biometric Authentication in Altered Carbon

By Sarah Landes | April 19, 2018
What happens when technology reaches the level where it can grant humans immortality? Richard K Morgan’s epic 2002 novel, and current Netflix show, Altered Carbon explores this question, and in the process reveals an unsettling answer about owning your own identity. We are thrown into an unfamiliar world of flying cars, neon skyscrapers, and eerily […]
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Biometrics in Humanitarian Efforts

By Ayenna Cagaanan | April 3, 2018
Humanitarian organization work in extremely volatile situations. From refugee camps to war zones, officials must make decisions efficiently and thoughtfully. With precious data on the line, maintaining integrity while providing privacy, these organizations turn to biometrics for convenience and security. Here are some benefits and critiques of using biometric authentication programs in these organizations. Uses […]
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The World of Tomorrow: Theme Parks and Your Biometrics

By Sarah Landes | March 20, 2018
I love theme parks – judge me all you want, but recently, I made my annual pilgrimage to Universal Studios in Florida and realized for the first time that I was giving them my biometrics! While I had done this process many times before, this time I took notice. I started researching the history of […]
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My Voice is My Password: The Power of Voice as a Biometric

By Asem Othman | February 27, 2018
This is part of a series of blogs diving into the technical aspects of Veridium’s distributed data model, biometrics, and computer vision research and development by our chief biometric scientist Asem Othman. Artificial intelligence voice assistants like Apple’s Siri, Google Assistant, and Amazon’s Alexa have become convenient alternatives to the tedious, frustrating, and time-consuming effort […]
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What Does the Future of Biometrics Hold?

By Ian E. Muller | February 20, 2018
Raise your hand if you use a fingerprint or your face to unlock your phone. Now, keep your hand up if you use it to unlock any apps. What about your banking app? What about to unlock a password manager? I’m willing to bet the majority of you still have your hand in the air. […]
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