Maybe you’ve encountered the situation: you sit down at your computer, full of motivation anddetermined to get started with your work. But first you have to sign in to your desktop and log into the intranet, your mail account and various other programs. Not only is it annoying, the process is also time-consuming. This is where iris- and fingerprint scanners come into the equation. Like in any decent science-fiction film, they scan the eye or fingerprint in an instant, allowing you to start work as soon as the computer has booted. The systems capture a digital impression of your eye or finger, converting it into numerical values and storing the information to ensure recognition. The added security is a particular benefit, as every iris, i.e. fingerprint, is entirely unique.
Microsoft’s Windows Hello already enables biometric sign-in. Users even have a facial recognition option for authentication. Simply sitting down in front of the computer is enough to unlock the screen. Regrettably, though, very few devices support this technology, and so we will have to wait a few years for breakthrough on the mass market.