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Usability and Biometrics: Ensuring Successful Biometric Systems



Mary F. Theofanos, Brian C. Stanton, Cari Wolfson


The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)Visualization and Usability Gropu initiated a Usability and Biometrics effort to focus on the users and human factors of biometric systems. The goal of this effort has been to conduct research to determine how user characteristics impact biometric system performance, as well as to provide resources (such as this handbook) for designers and developers of biometric devices. This handbook will work to introduce designers to the concept of usability and showcase the ways in which a properly implemented user-centered design process can improve a system’s ease-of-use, effectiveness, and efficiency.
International Workshop on Usability and Biometrics


Usability, Biometrics


Theofanos, M. , Stanton, B. and Wolfson, C. (2008), Usability and Biometrics: Ensuring Successful Biometric Systems, International Workshop on Usability and Biometrics, [online], (Accessed April 14, 2024)
Created June 11, 2008, Updated February 19, 2017