The “European Association For Biometrics” Wants To Drive The Use Of Human ID Technologies
Biometrics: European Association Wants to Drive Technology
The “European Association for Biometrics” Wants to Drive the Use of Technologies Identifying People. The Protection of Privacy and Personality Rights Is the Priority
Jan. 31, 2012
DARMSTADT, GERMANY, Jan 31, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) — Biometrics is generally about machines identifying people. For this purpose, certain features of a person are used in order to identify him or her. The most well-known procedures are finger-print, iris and facial recognition. Especially in Europe, biometric applications are frequently the topic of controversial discussions.
The “European Association for Biometrics” (EAB), newly founded on November 17, 2011, pursues the goal of driving the research and development of biometrics. The EAB is about promoting the appropriate and beneficial application of the technology. “Despite all positive forecasts, a global biometrics boom has not set in so far”, says Alexander Nouak, Chairman of EAB and head of the “Identification and Biometrics” competence center at Fraunhofer IGD, the world’s leading research institute for applied Visual Computing.
Nouak deems it insufficient to put biometrics on a level with security. In his view, the prime task of biometrics is to increase the comfort of security systems. “Because I have my biometric features with me at all times, there is no need for me to remember any codes, passwords or PINs and to take along keys or cards”, says Nouak. “Biometrics can simplify our lives if privacy remains protected and the application corresponds to the required security level.”