Elias Messaike, a forensic biologist in Sydney, Australia, is pushing for Australian police to utilize ears as way of identifying individuals, according to an ABC Australia News article. On top of it being a reliable means of identification verification, Messaike points to other benefits of using the biometric mode including its practicality, speed, lack of intrusiveness and cost effectiveness.
According to Messiake, who has been working with ears in the forensics field for roughly five years, not only does each person have completely unique ears, but their left and right ears are unique from each other as well. Additionally, unlike issues facing facial biometrics, the ears do not change and can be used as a means of identification for most of one’s life.
While Messiake certainly points to the benefits of using ears when police are determining a criminal suspect’s identity, he also asserts the benefits of utilizing it as a means for identifying individuals during mass disasters. While he asserts the many possibilities utilizing ear-biometrics has, Messiake still believes that the e4ars are not a replacement for old standards like DNA and fingerprints, but rather a compliment.
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