Biometrics + Identity

Behavioral Biometrics

Behavioral biometrics are an emerging field which is already generating a great deal of interest in the marketplace. Unlike more traditional biometrics which measure the physical characteristics of a person’s body, behavioral biometrics measure the unique patterns which characterize our daily activities. Researchers have discovered that the way we type, the way we walk, our heartbeats, our brain waves, the way we gesture, and many other behavioral actions can all be captured in a digital signature that is unique to an individual. Those unique behavioral patterns can be compared against databases of known patterns to create an identity management system. 

Advantages of behavioral biometrics: 
  • Very useful for “passive” biometric systems which identify individuals without the need for an intrusive (or even visible) procedure
  • Enables constant monitoring of identity, to ensure that the positively identified person remains present even after an initial identity check is performed
Common applications of behavioral characteristics as a biometric modality: 

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