With the advent of touchscreen technology, your unique fingerprint is quickly becoming a reliable, convenient and secure form of identification for all types of transactions and access points. Employers can use fingerprints to replace time cards, vendors can use fingerprints to make transactions secure and convenient and fingerprint identification is also cost effective because it reduces the need for cards and keys. After all, there is no way you can misplace your fingers!
Automated fingerprint identification is a two-part process. First, a fingerprint scanner takes an image of your print. That print is then converted into its own unique binary code. The next time you touch the screen, your finger is scanned and coded again. The binary code is compared to the original. If it is a match, the user will be granted access. This system makes it impossible for fingerprints to be reproduced from data stored on a computer or phone, for instance.
So, where do fingerprints come from? Fingerprints grow with a person his or her entire life, but the unique pattern will never change. Although almost everyone is born with fingerprints, there are rare genetic disorders that can result in completely smooth fingers.
What makes fingerprints ideal for identification? Fingerprints have been analyzed for over 80 years and during that time, no two sets of identical fingerprints has ever been discovered. They are made up of unique ridges, loops, forks, dots and other identifying factors that can total 180 points of information.
Because of its unique security and portability, many people believe that fingerprint identification will become the new standard for every transaction we make or access point we use in the future. This also includes the Fingerprint Reader on the Avanti Markets Kiosks. You can now pay for your favorite food or beverage items within your breakroom with just the quick tap of your finger on the Kiosk. Here’s how:
- Enroll in Fingerprint on the Avanti Markets Kiosk
- Scan your item at the Kiosk
- Select ‘Pay with Fingerprint Scanner’
- Press your finger on the Scanner
With fingerprint identification technology growing this fast, it won’t be long before the entire world is quite literally at our fingertips.