Biometric technology solutions to countering todays terrorism

Israel Fianyi, Tanveer Zia

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The purpose of this paper is to examine the relevance of biometric technologies in increasing the fight against terrorism and other related border security challenges such as identity dominance. Since the 11th September 2001 catastrophe in the USA the need for biometrics technology for identification purpose has become important. Consequently, the many ripostes that were renewed on identity management included enhanced use of biometrics to verify and authenticate travellers at various airports as well as the use of video surveillance equipped with facial recognition sensors. The growth in data and storage devices have also become a critical phenomenon in biometrics deployment, the swiftness, and accuracy with which these biometrics details can be processed is a prevailing challenge. This paper provides an extensive review of the literature on prospects of biometric technologies and other interrelated technologies in the fight against terrorism. To date, there is relatively meagre academic research examining how biometric technologies enhance border security as well as individual security.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)28-40
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Cyber Warfare and Terrorism (IJCWT)
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2016


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