Biometrics scares people and faces perception issues, according to Lockheed Martin’s John Mears, director of biometrics and identity management solutions at the company’s information systems and global services civil business unit.
In his keynote address at the Biometric Consortium Conference in Tampa, Fla., Mears told attendees there is a need to educate the public that gathering samples, including DNA and scans of the iris of the eyes, is not harmful.
“There’s the perception that biometrics can injure you,” Mears said. “They think when you’ve taken their DNA, you’ve taken their soul.”
Mears added that he understands how people get nervous when the subject of DNA comes up.
Enterprise IT managers at the conference said they have a positive perception of biometrics, finding that it delivers strong security and helps in meeting auditing requirements.
“We use biometrics in all our clinical areas through a fingerprint on a pad,” said Jim Lowder, vice president of technology at OhioHealth, the regional group of hospitals in Ohio.