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Gustavo Maluenda

CEO, ZK Teco, Chile


Biometrics: The New Standard in Security

In the fast-paced world of security, where data is currency and safeguarding information is paramount, biometrics has emerged as a bastion of reliable and sophisticated protection. Gone are the days of forgotten passwords or easily hackable PIN codes. Biometrics, by utilizing unique physical characteristics of individuals, offers an unprecedented level of security and redefines the concept of authentication.

Biometrics encompasses a wide range of technologies, from facial recognition to retina scanning and fingerprinting. What all these techniques have in common is their ability to identify a person based on their distinctive physiological characteristics. This uniqueness provides an additional layer of security that is difficult to counterfeit or replicate. By linking an individual's identity to something inherent to their person, biometrics eliminates many of the vulnerabilities associated with traditional authentication methods.

Facial recognition, for example, has become a cornerstone of security in airports, stadiums, and urban surveillance systems. Cameras equipped with advanced algorithms can identify specific individuals even in crowded crowds, helping to prevent crimes and improve public safety. Additionally, in the business realm, facial recognition is used to control access to sensitive facilities, ensuring that only authorized personnel can enter. Another example is the widespread use of biometric authentication in mobile devices. Fingerprint readers and iris scanners have replaced PIN codes and passwords as the primary method of unlocking. This not only makes devices more secure but also provides a smoother and more convenient user experience.

It is applicable to any activity where it is necessary to identify a person for various purposes and objectives; such as electronic signature of documents in mining operations using portable elements, the withdrawal, and delivery of assigned goods, the control of high-value transactions, income and cargo control, assignment of driver to vehicle, authorization to start a critical process as well as its restoration, and an endless array of opportunities.

The market has constantly evolved hand in hand with new technologies driven by manufacturers' R&D capabilities, new processors, and multispectral sensors, and now with various deep learning techniques hand in hand with Computer Vision, in addition to the deployment of 5G, providing an ideal scenario for diverse opportunities that mining can exploit complementarily to traditional and low-security methods.

In other spaces, from perimeter access controls can be highlighted, serving as the first line of protection where high levels of security and standards must be managed to ensure that only authorized personnel have access to the operations. Up to logistics and transportation validation, ensuring that the person driving a vehicle is the one who should be and has it assigned. And finally, in the management and delivery of rations, implements, and benefits, which are facilitated through self-service dispensers through palm verification.

On the other hand, palm verification refers to the palm, palm print, and vascular pattern of the palm. This is a consensual verification where the user presents their palm to the equipment for validation, resulting in a verification of the person, allowing this to be done only if the user wishes and decides. This type of technology is particularly applicable where there are restrictions on the use of facial recognition and where a quick, contactless but intentional verification must be performed.

Ultimately, biometrics through its capacity can provide precise and secure identification, transforming the way we protect our data, our facilities, and our society at large. With the continuous advancement of technology, biometrics will continue to play a crucial role in defense against emerging threats and in building a safer and more protected future for everyone.


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