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Biometric fingerprint purchasing tested


Posted on Tuesday, 26 February, 2013 | Comment icon 14 comments | News tip by: Render


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A state college in South Dakota is trialling a new high-tech way to purchase goods using fingerprints.

The technique uses Biocryptology, a cross between biometrics and cryptology that provides a safe and secure way to buy things using nothing more than a scan of someone's fingerprint. What sets this system apart from other fingerprint scanning concepts however is that it safeguards against a common workaround often seen in movies whereby a villain removes someone's finger and presses it up against the scanner.

The trick is to have the scanner also check to make sure that the finger being used is actually attached to a living person by measuring the blood flow underneath the skin. This means that in the future if someone did try to steal your money by chopping off your fingers they still wouldn't be able to do so.

"Futurists have long proclaimed the coming of a cashless society, where dollar bills and plastic cards are replaced by fingerprint and retina scanners smart enough to distinguish a living, breathing account holder from an identity thief."

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Comment icon #5 Posted by freetoroam on 26 February, 2013, 13:05
Fingerprint technology isn't new, nor is the general concept of using biometrics as a way to pay for goods. But it's the extra layer of protection – that deeper check to ensure the finger has a pulse – So, in theory, cutting someone’s finger may work with simple sensors, but chances of success are small in any case. Not all criminals are drugged up desperates with out a brain!! When the credit card was invented, they did not bank on the criminal brains, if they had we would not have so much credit card fraud...its is getting tighter now for the criminal, but it still happens. DO NOT underestim... [More]
Comment icon #6 Posted by paperdyer on 26 February, 2013, 15:21
Since the sensors need blood flow, will these sensors be sophisticated enough to know if the fingerprint it's reading is real skin or not. I can see the rush to develop "stick-on" fingerprints as used in may spy shows and movies
Comment icon #7 Posted by Skeptic Chicken on 26 February, 2013, 15:31
and what if you happened to burn or cut your finger?
Comment icon #8 Posted by ExpandMyMind on 26 February, 2013, 16:13
and what if you happened to burn or cut your finger? Don't worry, a few years down the line and they'll be wanting to use our DNA instead.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Chooky88 on 26 February, 2013, 18:10
Cool. Like Old Biff in Back to the Future paying for the taxi
Comment icon #10 Posted by The Silver Thong on 26 February, 2013, 18:17
I remember reading a story were a guy payed a bill with a cow and a chicken. Today I can`t write a cheque lol. Times are messed and the only ones to blaim are the banks. They have always had control and always will. They have had complete control since there conception.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Render on 26 February, 2013, 21:33
Fingerprint technology isn't new, nor is the general concept of using biometrics as a way to pay for goods. But it's the extra layer of protection – that deeper check to ensure the finger has a pulse – So, in theory, cutting someone’s finger may work with simple sensors, but chances of success are small in any case. Not all criminals are drugged up desperates with out a brain!! When the credit card was invented, they did not bank on the criminal brains, if they had we would not have so much credit card fraud...its is getting tighter now for the criminal, but it still happens. So as for the bol... [More]
Comment icon #12 Posted by Junior Chubb on 26 February, 2013, 22:57
My daughter has been paying at her school canteen using this method for a while now. They can also uses a palm scan to enter some buildings, and this is an average East London Comprehensive School. Not much need for the extra layer of security though, not too much finger removal going on there........ yet.
Comment icon #13 Posted by csauer52 on 27 February, 2013, 11:54
Ummmmm, so how would this get around a criminal simply holding you at gunpoint? Solves nothing..... It is cool though.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Frank Merton on 27 February, 2013, 12:11
I think it will be efficient and reduce lines a little at check-out. It may also save the merchants some expenses in counting and shipping money and in turning in checks and so on, and thereby reduce prices a little. I also think it scares me. No cash transactions. Aren't there a few things you buy here and there that you would rather not appear on your bank statement or tax records or maybe even on your local constable's morning report? Let's say you never buy anything even embarrassing. Still, all the merchants know when you walk in the door what your buying habits are, how much spending mon... [More]


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