The History of Biometric Authentication

In recent years biometric authentication has entered the mainstream; facial recognition on smartphones, technology to speed up the experience at the airport, finger print access to online banking apps, or even biometric payment cards – the examples are endless.

While it may seem like a relatively new concept, biometrics has actually been around for centuries. Below we have selected some key moments to show how biometric authentication has developed over the years. Scroll through the timeline to see how biometric technology evolved, or download the infographic here.