from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The statistical study of biological phenomena.
- n. The measurement of physical characteristics, such as fingerprints, DNA, or retinal patterns, for use in verifying the identity of individuals.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The measurement of biological data
- n. The measurement and recording of the physical characteristics of an individual for use in subsequent personal identification.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as biometry, 2.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a branch of biology that studies biological phenomena and observations by means of statistical analysis
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Today, biometrics is used as a secondary form of authentication (i.e. identification of a computer user), usually along with a password.
Also note that biometrics is a lousy form of primary authentication.
Scottish school is first to use palm-vein biometrics by Martyn Williams
Scottish school is first to use palm-vein biometrics - Charles 'George Orwell Links
A secondary reason for bringing in biometrics on EU passports, the Commission argues, is that the USA is demanding them on passports too.
It's 66 pages and not bedtime reading unless you suffer from insomnia or have a really serious interest in biometrics and their possible implications.
Clear collects "biometrics" -- scans of finger prints and iris -- from customers and turns them into an aviation clearinghouse used to collect information on airport workers.
STEPHEN SMITH: Firstly we are going to introduce through a range of countries these enhanced visa arrangements - introduction of biometrics, which is essentially fingerprints and facial scanning or facial imaging or screening.
First, people were asked if they recognised the term biometrics; 88.3% said they knew the term.
It's called biometrics and it could change the face of law enforcement but it is also causing a lot of controversy.