|Biometric Case Studies|
Biometric solutions solve many identity types of challenges for a variety of companies. Below are a few examples of uses for biometrics. If you have a story to tell, please contact us!
Many states are investigating and piloting biometric systems to identify benefit recipients in order to reduce fraud and increase efficiency. One state's high-tech benefit system checks for evidence of wrongdoing and creates identification cards as clients enroll. Applicants place their index fingers on an optical reader which scans the prints to create images for the database. At the same time, the applicant's photo is taken with a digital camera. Next, the client signs his or her name on a tablet that captures the signature electronically. All these files are transmitted to a host computer, where, in minutes, search engines verify that the person has not enrolled in the system under another identity. After a client is accepted into the system, an identification card is created on the spot. A two-dimensional symbol on the card encodes the fingerprint file. The card also carries the client's photo and signature, and a magnetic stripe for future use. Clients present their cards and have their fingerprint scanned for verification when they collect benefits. In this state, 41 percent of General Assistance and 31 percent of AFDC recipients failed to re-enroll in those programs when the new identification cards were issued. This is attributed to the deterrence factor the new system provides. Those who attempt multiple enrollments will be caught; suspected fraud cases are now under investigation.
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An employee credit union has installed several unattended banking kiosks that use fingerprint imaging to identify account holders for access to services. Credit union members can enroll at the kiosks by touchscreen input as they answer a series of questions displayed on the screen. They then have to present each finger for enrollment and have their photograph taken by a camera in the kiosk. Once enrolled, members will be able to use the kiosks to make deposits and withdrawals, complete loan applications, and more.
At a county prison in Pennsylvania, inmates are verified by iris recognition before they are released from prison at the end of their sentences and for routine events such as court appearances and medical visits. Iris recognition gives prison officials absolute assurance that the right inmate is being released and eliminates the risk of human error in matching a face with a photo identification. Inmates enroll by standing in front of a camera and looking into the lens. The iris image is captured and stored in an inmate records database. Before release, inmates simply look into the camera to trigger a database inquiry to verify their identity. The biometric system also cuts down on theft and counterfeiting of identification cards. In addition, iris recognition lets the prison determine if a new inmate was previously incarcerated there under another name.
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