South Dakota School Adopts Worlds First Biometric Payment System That Requires A Pulse


The odds are good that you have never heard of the School of Mines and Technology, it is a small university that makes it home in the western part of the state of South Dakota, but they are leading the way in a new form of technology, one that has been the purview of science fiction for the most part.

After all that is likely where you have seen examples of a cashless society, one in which payments are done not with cash, not with checks or credit cards but with a fast and possibly invasive procedure. The school is experimenting with a Biocryptology payment systems. When the students want to make a purchase they simple swipe their finger and then enter their birthday into a pin pad. The system then verified the transaction by checking out the hemoglobin levels in the blood in order to verify the person is who they say they are.

This makes the system a significant upgrade from traditional fingerprint technology, where the user does not have to have a pulse to activate the system and authenticate. While that may not sound like much, it is actually an upgrade to the security. Now if you want to use someones fingerprint you are going to have to do a James Bond maneuver, knock them out and bring them to the pad. Seeing as this system works in the campus convenience store, it would hardly be worth it, but for larger security systems this will be very helpful.

Source: Huffington Post
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