Security Buyer catches up with Mohamad Tohme, Business Development Manager for Middle East, Princeton Identity to find out the truth behind the perception of biometrics
Mohamad Tohme is the Business Development Manager of Princeton Identity International, based in Dubai and responsible for the region. Mohamad is experience in the middle east for more than 10 years in the security field dealing with governmental, military and private sector projects. He consulted and managed many projects covering high end security systems. His current focus is to expand the use of the biometrics in security to reach several fields and attract different types of clients.
Mohamad was involved in the company since the opening of the Dubai branch and helped expand the business locally and regionally. He holds a degree in Computer and Communication Engineering. Security Buyer Editor, Rebecca Spayne, catches up exclusively with Mohamad to find out the common misconceptions of biometrics and the facts behind them.
How does Princeton Identity ensure innovation in a continuously evolving sector?
Princeton Identity employs a robust team of industry leaders who collectively have spent over 30 years in the biometric industry. The team is flanked with a Chief Scientist and CEO who have spent most of their careers in biometric technology. Adding to the team is a group of devoted hardware and software engineers who are consistently pushing our technology to the forefront of other applications.
Recently, Princeton Identity launched a new product, CreateID (Commercial Real Estate Access Technology for Everyone). It is an all-in-one touchless biometric access control solution incorporating visitor management and self-enrollment functionality into one robust, seamless and easy to use package. This system is appropriate for all types of commercial building management scenarios including industrial applications, commercial office space and high-density residential buildings.
What are the most common misconceptions about biometrics?
Concern #1: Biometrics are a threat to personal privacy
Fact: Biometrics help protect privacy
Our personal privacy is compromised every day. The internet, social media, unsecured personal devices, many mobile apps; all are culprits. Unfortunately, much of our personally identifiable information (PII), things like our social security number, phone number, email, birthdate, household income, spending patterns, are already out there, ready to be leveraged by marketers, or worse, stolen by bad actors. Connecting a unique, encrypted biometric identifier to our records makes it much harder for anyone to impersonate us and make unauthorised use of our data. For example, suppose credit card holders’ biometric signatures were embedded within their cards, and a “match” were required to make a purchase. In that case, card-issuing banks would no longer need to track their customers’ spending patterns to identify potentially fraudulent activity. This use of biometrics increases both security and privacy.
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