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An investigation of the use of Biometrics on Smartcards for Transport Security Applications

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Phil Blythe

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Abstract

The use of some form of unique trait or characteristic of an individual as a means of uniquely identifying or, at least, authenticating the identity of the individual of an individual may take many forms. Biometrics is one such form which relies on the physical or behavioural-characteristics of the individual. Obviously the ability to measure the biometric may vary greatly between type of biometric in terms of both speed and intrusion. The proposed paper initially makes the case for biometrics and initially reviews the methods available for biometric identification. Each is discussed, assessed and ultimately ranked for their appropriateness for the transport card environment. This is followed by a discussion on identity theft and why this is now seen by Governments as a major problem which is predicted to increase many fold with the wider use of ICT and ITS systems. A framework for the use of authentication is then presented for a broad spread of the main transport application areas where smartcards may be deployed. Following these background sections the design of a questionnaire for testing public attitudes to the use of biometrics as an additional authentication tool for smartcards is described. This is followed by a presentation of results the attitudinal study which were undertaken in the summer and autumn of 2002.


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Author(s): Blythe PT

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Unknown

Conference Name: ITS-UK Security Interest Group

Year of Conference: 2004


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