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By sabrodiesel2000 ·
Biometrics puts computing hardware and software to the task of reading various parts of the human body, from fingerprints to the contours of a face, as a means of identifying people. whether to authorise access to bank accounts and airport terminalsor to pick criminals out of a crowd.

Applications of biometric technology have been popping up steadily in recent months, and interest has only intensified since the attacks in New York and Washington last September.

"Biometrics, are destined to replace PIN numbers, and to augment forms of identification, such as cards. Biometric standards used more complicated binary encoding formats.

Short for Extensible Markup Language(XML), describes the contents of documents exchanged over the Web. An essential feature of XML is that it is readable by people, not just machines, making systems easy to debug. Many people see the language as essential to the development of next-generation Web services.

The proposed XCBF standard will define information such as DNA, fingerprints, iris scans and hand geometry for use in identification and authentication. Its basis in XML will help facilitate the transfer of biometric information across the Internet, the organisation said.

The OASIScommittee will define a set of XML encodings for the Common Biometric Exchange File Format (CBEFF), a draft by the American National Standards Institute, managed and maintained by the National Institute of Standards Technology. The file format is intended to describe data elements necessary to support biometric technologies in a standard way.

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