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Fingerprint can easily be
copied on a Scotch tape.
You may leave your fingerprint everywhere,
keyboards, keypads, stemware and steering wheels.
The so-called "registered flyer" programs offered by airports are in the nascent stage, but this RFID technology combined with biometric authentication won't be a cure-all for the airport security issue at all in terms of the mounting security threats thus far unimaginable.
Orlando, Florida and San Jose, California have 1,000 to 2,000 frequent flyers, respectively, registered by keeping their biometric data in the database. The recent news from Orlando reported a high rejection rate of 20%,due to metallic stuff detected in registered flyers' shoes.
This new combo technology aims at reading or scanning registered passengers' biometric characteristics in real time in order to match the biometric data already saved in the database. This system is normally configured to have fingerprint-reading touch sensors while reading iris or retina within a 90-feet distance. It comes with a metal detector.
Reading fingerprints and iris or retina or facial image in a combined way is a good idea, but mixing this technology with a metal detector is not a smart mix. Configurations of this lack of engineering mind will cancel off individual advantages of the technologies involved. In other words, this mix will reverse the synergism expected to be achieved by combining different technologies. It can be compared to the current tollgate booth configurations providing separate booths for carpool, cash and RFID tags. Part of tollgate congestions comes from this separation itself.
Biometric Authentication and its technological limits
Biometric authentication needs prior storage of your biometric data in dBAse and has advantages in various segments.
However, biometric data
RFID and its limitations
And RFID technology, despite its popularity and wide-ranging advantages, can
"One at a time" vs. "Thousands at a time"
Both RFID and biometric authentication, when it comes to mass surveillance at transport hubs like airports, are the " one at a time in line & think inside the building" technology. This issue will be repeatedly discussed in another page of Transport Hub Security.
In spite of technological limitations, RFID and biometrics are welcomed by governments. That is probably because it is a Hobson's choice or a curate's egg, while they believe there is no complementary technology to make up this shortcoming. Compare the speed of teleprinters, fax machines and e-mail.
When doing mass surveillance of airport passengers, for instance, using the RFID chip-embedded Federal ID, for both arrivals and departures, might work smoothly? It is like using a teleprinter, sending a letter after a letter. To improve the speed, check-in and check-out lanes can be increased to 12 to 36. Then it may sound like sending a message by a fax machine.
In case of DriveOnPay™ technology,however, you can expect to allow flight passengers check in at the speed of e-mail and at random , while they are still in their vehicles outside the airport building, and that even within a range of 5 miles from the airport. Supposing the 5-mile stretch has 6 lanes, for example, then approximately 4,400 passengers will be able to check in simultaneously within a fraction of a minute.
Compared with RFID and biometrics authentication, DriveOnPay™ enables targeted security checks at a select group and surgical operations of singling out terror suspects in a speedy way.
[The core technology of DriveOnPay™ and its deployment scenarios can only be disclosed to interested parties under a non-disclosure agreement and then licensed to qualified and competent licensees on a non-exclusive basis.]
Technology comparison with RFID plus biometric authentication is made at this website in a limited scope of where DriveOnPay™ can be applicable and prevalent. In areas other than mobile technology, RFID and biometrics undoubtedly have their own efficacy.
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