Skeletal scanning technology developed at Wright State University could hold potential as a new biometric mode particularly effective in weeding out people of interest from crowds, according to an Ubergizmo article.
The researchers behind the technology claim that each individual’s bones are unique enough that, if combined with bone density and other aspects that may be known about the individual’s skeletal structure such as past injuries and extra ribs or lumbar vertebrae, that bone scans could be a promising technology for picking out known terrorists and other criminal s in crowded areas such as sporting events or theme parks.
Systems currently in use that employ similar objectives to such security systems frequently rely on facial recognition, but researchers maintain that a bone scan would be much harder for someone to fool while still not requiring an individual’s active participation in the scan.
Scientists working on the systems expect that such workable solutions will be ready for deployment in about a year and would subject someone to no more radiation, whether gamma or x-rays be used, than a cross-country flight would.
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