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Who is Who? Biometrics provides answers for public and private sectors



Fernando L. Podio


One of the critical issues related to secured Information Technology (IT) systems and applications is the verification of the users identity. Biometrics provides for secure transactions, positive identification and augmentation to human judgment. For decades, biometric technologies were used primarily in law enforcement applications. Over the past several years, the marketplace for biometrics solutions has significantly widened. Currently, they are increasingly being required in public and private sector applications worldwide to authenticate a person s identity, secure national borders and restrict access to secure sites including buildings and computer networks. The article discusses the marketplace for biometrics and the role that these technologies play in support of secured IT systems and applications. The ongoing standards development work in ISO/IEC Joint Technical Committee 1, Information technology, Subcommittee SC 37, Biometrics in support of these systems and applications is addressed. The article also discusses ongoing adoption of biometric standards by large international and national organizations.
ISO Focus


Authentication, Automated Recognition, Biometrics, Data Interchange, Biometrics, Interoperability, Biometric, Standards, ISO, JTC1, SC 37, Users' Identity, Verification


Podio, F. (2011), Who is Who? Biometrics provides answers for public and private sectors, ISO Focus, [online], (Accessed July 15, 2024)


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Created February 10, 2011, Updated February 19, 2017