Biometrics researchers see world without passwords

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 12:50pm

Stephen Elliott, director of international biometric research at Purdue Univ. demonstrates a fingerprint recognition system one of his biometric labs Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013 in West Lafayette, Ind. Automated recognition of individuals based on their unique behavioral and biological characteristics is going mainstream and being studied by Elliott. AP Photo/Michael ConroyYou may never need to memorize another password. That's the goal of researchers at Purdue Univ.'s International Center for Biometrics Research.

Stephen Elliott is the director of international biometric research at Purdue Univ. in Indiana. He says iris and fingerprint scans as well as facial and voice recognition are just a few of the tools that improve security while making lives easier. His basement lab is a place where emerging biometric technologies are tested for weaknesses before they can go mainstream.

Biometrics is already in use at one local restaurant. Chris Smith, assistant manager of KFC in West Lafayette, Ind., says workers punch in by putting their finger on a fingerprint scanner attached to their cash register.

International Center for Biometric Research

Source: Associated Press


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