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This is a book about biometrics and the deployment of biometric identity verification techniques in relation to operational systems in both the private and public sectors. Such developments often arouse controversy because of the intensely personal nature of biometrics andtheir alignment with personal identity. Are we moving towards a big brother world to the detriment of all citizens? Can large organizations and governments be trusted to manage such personal data in a competent and ethical manner? Will the introduction of such techniques in relation to wide-scale public applications turn out to be a blessing or a curse? Is the technology really as foolproof as some vendors would have us believe? Such questions and concerns must be properly taken into consideration of course, but some will argue that it is not so much the technology we must beware of, but the manner in which it is implemented. In order to design and implement any application properly, we must understand all of the associated issues. This has not been easy in the field of biometrics as there are many variables, some of which have little to do with the technology itself, but nevertheless influence operational performance. This book will therefore take a fresh look at what it takes to integrate biometrics into wider applications. But first, let us backtrack a little.
KeywordsFacial Recognition Ethical Manner Identity Verification Iris Recognition Gait Recognition
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