Is a Biometric Sensor the Best Answer for the Digitally Challenged?

Welcome to the third and final post in our series on digital inclusion. In this post, Stan Swearingen, CEO of IDEX Biometrics reviews if biometric sensors are the best answer for the digitally challenged. The previous post in our series on digital inclusion looked at how the biometric smart card is a strong authentication means for the digitally excluded.

Are biometric sensors the answer for the digitally challenged?

A biometric data sensor can provide secure information and access for even the digitally challenged. Here’s how.

Biometric sensors have many uses. From securing your phone to allowing access to personal financial data safely and securely, these sensors have changed our digital lives in many positive ways. There are still many people who avoid technology and the growth associated with it whenever possible. However, these individuals could still benefit from the implementation of biometric sensors in a variety of ways, even if they do not choose to embrace the more mainstream uses of the technology.

There is No Learning Curve

There is no learning curve associated with the use of a biometric sensor. It is a simple mechanism that records data easily and efficiently, making it an ideal candidate in security for those who are not technically inclined and those who do not otherwise have readily available access to other technology. Fingerprint sensors, for example, are as simple as placing your finger over the sensor to create a print and authenticate access rights.

Trust is Earned, which Institutions Can Demonstrate

Implementation of biometric sensors for securing data is a safe way for institutions of all types to protect sensitive data from being accessed by anyone who should not have access to it. These sensors also ensure that the data is secure behind the unique identifiers created by an individual. This helps to build trust in the process and encourages adoption of the technology.

Access for All

Biometric sensors can be carried on your person or stored in a remote location–the possibilities are endless. Granting access to the technology is as simple as creating a card with an embedded sensor or granting temporary access to a biometric reader to record and store the data for future use.

A Measure of Control

In today’s world, everyone has a digital footprint. The digitally challenged are no exception to this. However, they have less control over their online presence than a person who actively uses and embraces technology. The use of a simple biometric sensor can help them to protect their data and information with little interaction on their part and no need to work to learn a new process or system. Their biometric data does the heavy lifting for them–all they have to do is provide it.

Biometric sensor technology has created a secure way to access and store data that is affordable for all. Whether an individual has personal access to a device or they choose to access through a shared device, the unique identifiers created through biometric authentication are one of a kind and keeps their information protected and secure. This makes it an ideal candidate for individuals who would not otherwise have access to personal devices or items that would carry the technology or make use of it.


The previous post in our series on digital inclusion looked at how the biometric smart card is a strong authentication means for the digitally excluded.