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Author(s)John D. Woodward Jr., Nicholas M. Orlans, Peter T. Higgins
PublishedDecember 2002
PublisherMcGraw-Hill Osborne Media
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Reviewer Rob Slade wrote:
The book is intended for both students and professionals, covering all of the aspects and uses of biometrics. The chapters are written by a number of contributing authors. For example, Richard E. Smith, author of "Authentication" (see reviews) wrote the introduction found in chapter one. It is an excellent precis of the uses of, and requirements for, authentication, paying particular attention to the use, strengths, and weaknesses of biometrics. The functional aspects of biometric assessment; feature extraction, storage, error rates, and so forth; are covered well in chapter two. (There is a rather odd confusion of genetic and phenotypic sources of biometrics: aside from behavioural measures and DNA testing itself, almost all biometrics are expressed characteristics, and therefore phenotypic.) Part two deals with types of biometrics. Chapter four provides fascinating details on the history, technology, storage, indexing, and searching of fingerprint records, and a brief mention of hand geometry. After the wealth of technicalities about fingerprints, the very basic explanations of enrollment of face and voice recognition are disappointing. The material on iris and retina scanning, in chapter five, is slightly better, but signature and keystroke dynamics again get minimal coverage in chapter six. Eleven of the more esoteric biometrics are briefly described in chapter seven, ranging from standards such as DNA testing to odd entries like sweat pore distribution or body odour. Part three looks at various aspects or factors to consider in implementing biometrics. Chapter eight looks at the question of "liveness" testing. (This is the biometrics topic beloved of students the world over: "What if you cut off the guy's finger and used that?" Students tend to be rather gruesome creatures.) Most of chapter nine is devoted to a guide for contracting out, or questions to ask contractors or vendors. Various standards bodies are described in chapter ten. Chapter eleven talks about issues involved in testing of biometric systems. Part four deals with privacy, policies, and legal issues. Chapter twelve examines both the threats and the benefits that biometrics holds for privacy. There is a detailed and interesting look at (mostly US) law and decisions relating to privacy, and the implications for biometric applications, in chapter thirteen. Chapter fourteen does have brief case studies of the use of biometrics at the Super Bowl and in Virginia Beach, but concentrates on the legal issues. Chapter fifteen deals with the American digital signature law, and the potential relation to the inclusion of biometrics in the process. Some material is repeated from earlier chapters. Part five reviews selected biometrics programs. Chapter sixteen covers government and military programs, most related to law enforcement. Searching the FBI files of civil (or non-criminal) fingerprint files, in chapter seventeen, reiterates a fair amount of content from chapter four. Private sector programs, in chapter eighteen, are primarily concerned with face recognition in casinos or a variety of systems for banks, but others are mentioned. Chapter nineteen presents a very detailed and thoughtful analysis of the possibilities for a national identity card. Because this book is essentially a collection of standalone essays by a variety of authors, there is a great deal of overlap and duplication of material, and at times this repetition becomes annoying. This is, however, the most useful and informative work on biometrics that I have reviewed to date, and the analysis, in particular, is comprehensive and even-handed. I would recommend this as both a serviceable introduction to anyone who must work with biometrics, and as a guide to the controversies surrounding them. copyright Robert M. Slade, 2003

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Discover how to make biometrics -- the technology involving scanning and analyzing unique body characteristics and matching them against information stored in a database -- a part of your overall security plan with this hands-on guide. Includes deployment scenarios, cost analysis, privacy issues, and much more.

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