Fingerprint Scanner

Last Updated: December 20, 2016

Definition - What does Fingerprint Scanner mean?

A fingerprint scanner is a type of technology that identifies and authenticates the fingerprints of an individual in order to grant or deny access to a computer system or a physical facility.

It is a type of biometric security technology that utilizes the combination of hardware and software techniques to identify the fingerprint scans of an individual.

Techopedia explains Fingerprint Scanner

A fingerprint scanner typically works by first recording fingerprint scans of all authorized individuals for a particular system or facility. These scans are saved within a database. The user requiring access puts their finger on a hardware scanner, which scans and copies the input from the individual and looks for any similarity within the already-stored scans. If there is a positive match, the individual is granted access.

Fingerprint scanners most commonly use an individual's thumbprint as identification.

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