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Biometrics: An Overview of the Technology, Issues and Applications

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Executive Summary

Biometric identification refers to identifying an individual based on his/her distinguishing physiological and/or behavioral characteristics. As these characteristics are distinctive to each and every person, biometric identification is more reliable and capable than the traditional token based and knowledge based technologies differentiating between an authorized and a fraudulent person. This paper discusses the various biometric technologies, the advantages and disadvantages of biometric technologies, the security issues and finally the applications of various biometric technologies in day today life.

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