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Joe Celko’s Complete Guide to NoSQL by Joe Celko

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Chapter 10

Biometrics, Fingerprints, and Specialized Databases

Abstract

Biometric databases attempt to identify people from biological and physical differences. Some (very) old methods for identifying people were branding, tattooing, and maiming; this is not popular today. This kind of data goes back to naive biometrics that start with simple photographs, then moved to Bertillon’s measurement system, and finally to various fingerprinting systems. The Bertillon system evolved into machine-collected and precise measurements. Facial recognition evolved from human judgment to photographic and geometric-based computerized systems. Finally, we added retina prints and then moved to DNA to get human identity within 600 billion possibilities.

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