Thursday, March 31, 2011

Google Face-Rec

Google making app that would identify people's faces (CNN)
Google plans to introduce a mobile application that would allow users to snap pictures of people's faces in order to access their personal information, a director for the project said this week.
The article goes on to say that there is no timeline for release, but Google's interest in the subject should be obvious.

Face recognition, like other biometric applications, is really just a very specific type of computerized object recognition. For now, Google's can only apply its algorithm to text-based queries. I'm sure Google is aware that it would be very useful if they could make sense of image, audio or other types of files as search terms. Face recognition is a logical starting point.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Barack Obama's top secret tent

And here I thought I was the only one who liked building tents in my hotel room (BBC)
A rare photo, released by the White House, shows Barack Obama fielding calls from a tent in Brazil, to keep up with events in Libya. The tent is a mobile secure area known as a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility, designed to allow officials to have top secret discussions on the move.

A new application for face-rec?

Police seek help identifying people pictured in stolen property (St. Joseph News Press -- Missouri)
Faced with the daunting task of scouring through hundreds of items of stolen property, St. Joseph police have an interesting request for our readers.

They are asking the public with help identifying subjects pictured in a photograph recovered from a stolen camera.
“The hope is that somebody will recognize somebody in the photograph and that will give us a place to start,” said Detective Josh Howery, with the Electronic Crimes Unit.
Photo at link.

From a technical perspective, there's a lot we can do to help with problems like this and the technology has other applications.

Visas: To go biometric or not to go biometric

Conflicting Signs on Looming Biometric Visas (Moscow Times)
This article gets at interesting cost-benefit trade-offs in how countries go about regulating entry into their territory.

Should a country require a traveler to obtain a visa prior to undertaking their journey?
Should a country issue visas at ports of entry?
Should a country treat the citizens of other countries the same or treat the citizens of different countries differently?
Should they require a biometric?
If so, which modality makes the most sense?

The answers to these questions flow from a number of characteristics of the visa issuing country such as wealth, number of foreign visitors, quality of diplomatic corps, reach of diplomatic corps, attractiveness for immigrants, regional stability, etc.

Many countries avoid this entire, admittedly complicated, calculation and opt for straight up reciprocity: I'll treat your applicants exactly the same as you treat mine. This makes for a useful bargaining framework if the two countries are the same in many of the above respects, but it often gets applied in other circumstances.

Russia seems to be going through the cost benefit calculation rather than opting for knee-jerk reciprocity.
The embassies of the United States and Britain in Moscow both told The Moscow Times that they had no specific information about biometric visas to Russia being an imminent requirement for their citizens.

“But there is a global move in this direction because it makes travel safer for everyone,” British Embassy spokesman James Barbour said.

A U.S. Embassy spokesman said: “The U.S. Embassy in Moscow has not been informed by the Russian government of any plans to implement biometric Russian visas for Americans.”

Applicants for Russian visas at the moment do not need to submit biometric details — however, every applicant for British and American visas the world over, including Russian citizens, must provide biometric data in order for their visa application to be processed.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Voice-Rec, Password Resets & ROI

Leading Software Leverages the Latest Speech Recognition Technologies by Loquendo (
Currently, Atos Origin provides help desk support to over 1200 Global blue chip companies with over 12M call annually and over 1M Password Resets per annum. “This voice biometric password reset solution from Leading Software and powered by Loquendo speech recognition technology forms a crucial part of our strategy to drive calls to our Service Desk down whilst improving efficiencies to ourselves and our clients,” said Mike Mathews, service desk product manager for UK at Atos Origin.
Human-assisted password resets are extremely costly for large corporations. Voice is an obvious modality for resetting passwords over the phone.

A Face-Rec dating site?

There's not a lot of information about how the folks at apply facial recognition technology to the matchmaking process, but this article provides a hint.'s Christina Bloom said who we date depends a lot on how much they look like us.

Bloom claims that couples often have very similar facial features and that facial similarities seem to help with the initial attraction.
I'm not sure what that says about matchmaking site users, facial recognition, human nature, internet marketing or a host of other matters of social and political import but that sure is a lot of tergiversation in just two sentences.


In other Face-Rec pop science news:
If You Look Like This, You're Destined For Billions

A survey of Biometric applications, tech development and global markets

Biometrics: Business of Identity (Economic Times)
"With biometrics, we're looking at a paradigm shift from the West to the East, driven primarily by the population," says Abhigyan Sengupta, senior research manager-semiconductors and electronics, M&M. Asia, Africa and the Middle East will emerge as biometric markets by 2013; some parts there already are. For instance, while most EU nations have had biometric passports for a while, the Middle East, which has drawn flak for terrorism-related activity, is investing heavily in them today.
The linked article provides an "around the world in 800 words" overview about what's happening in the biometricsphere.

South Africa audits old biometric data with new technology

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) and its Home Affairs National Identification System (
The department identified 598 000 instances of duplicate IDs. It has now resolved 412 096 cases where one person had multiple ID numbers and 20 971 cases where multiple persons shared one ID number.
Applying new identity management techniques to existing systems and databases can yield impressive results leading to a significant return on investment.

It's also interesting to compare the number of "extra" ID numbers generated to the number of people that were issued someone else's number in error.

There were more than 28 instances of extra ID numbers issued to people for every instance of assigning the same ID number to multiple people.

There are many reasons for this including simple error. If two people have the same ID number, someone is likely to become inconvenienced and bring the matter to the attention of the authorities. If someone loses their child's documents, they may just start the ID process over again, getting a new number and the old number never gets used. So innocent errors of one type (people sharing an ID number) are far more likely to be corrected than the other type (more numbers than people).

Another reason for the difference in the quantity of each type of error, however, is fraud. The ghost worker fraud depends upon creating extra ID's for people that don't exist and then either hiring them to work for some publicly funded entity or enrolling them to collect some sort of social welfare benefit.

I suspect that the bigger part of the difference in observed database error rates is fraud.

Monday, March 28, 2011

India is generating approx One million ID numbers per day

Nearly half the Indian population will get their unique identity number by 2014 (NewKerala.cim)
"We will generate about a million numbers per day and our plan is to have nearly half the population in our system (unique identity number) by 2014," Nandan Nilekani, chairman of Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), said.

According to Nilekani, the uniue number will provide its holder access to better government services, while greatly reducing the hassels of paperwork.
We've written extensively about India's UID project, calling it the identity management "moon shot" and expounding on the connection between a unique individual identity and socio-economic development.

More posts on India

Malaysia biometric database to monitor borders

Criminals beware! (The Malay Mail)
Police are set to have a new weapon which will enable them to monitor the comings and goings of known foreign criminals.

Come June 1, their existing criminal database, the Biometric Fingerprint Identifi cation System (BIOFIS), will be linked up to Immigration Department’s National Foreigners Enforcement and Registration System (NERS).

This will grant police access to records of foreign visitors who enter Malaysia via immigration checkpoints, and ensure those with criminal records in Malaysia can be monitored closely.
Malaysia really has been active in terms of government implementation of biometric ID management systems lately.

Scientific background on the new Indian identity

Meet Samarth Bharadwaj and Himanshu Bhatt (Times of India)
As to his role in the UIDAI project at the IIIT-Delhi , Bharadwaj, a second-year research student said that they had begun working on the project last year. "Four research students from our college conducted a feasibility study on finger prints of labourers and farmers — people who work with their hands — to analyse the quality of their fingerprints and find out if they can be used as a part of unique identification," said Bhatt.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Australia extends biometric immigration system to foreign offices

Rollout to foreign missions (
An Australian initiative to introduce tighter, more technologically advanced immigration controls has been rolled out in several new countries.

Biometrics collection – involving digital facial photographs and fingerprint scanning for identification purposes – will be introduced for Australian immigration applications in Syria, Malaysia, Lebanon, Kenya, Jordan and France.

New Frost & Sullivan biometrics report

Frost & Sullivan Projects Success within Government Applications to Open Opportunities for Widespread Adoption of Biometrics Globally (
Although biometrics face numerous privacy issues, successful large-scale government adoptions have helped the technology emerge as among the most viable means to counter identity related issues. Its reliability, coupled with further decline in prices, is poised to open up rewarding market opportunities for biometrics vendors.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (, World Biometrics Market, finds that the market earned revenues of $1.2 billion in 2009 and estimates this to reach $5.3 billion by 2016.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Errors plague the database state

Databases frequently contain incorrect information (Government Executive)
Commercial databases are no better. A check of one man's ChoicePoint record disclosed that the intelligence-collecting firm listed him variously as being a female prostitute in Florida, a prison inmate in Texas, a dealer of stolen goods in New Mexico, a witness tamperer in Oregon, and a sex offender in Nevada.

He was none of those, Rotenberg said, but federal and state law enforcement agencies routinely use error-plagued databases that ChoicePoint and other data brokers compile.
The problem isn't that people don't know anything, it's that they know so much that isn't true.

Biometric identity management systems are a way to make this problem better, not worse. Part of the solution is technical (better ID management) and part of the solution is legal. We have systems in place that allow people to access and correct their credit reports for free. There ought to be a mechanism for citizens to access and correct information that data brokers sell, along with legal recourse for those who suffered damages because someone sold inaccurate information.

However, after identifying a serious issue, I think the linked article's author completely loses the plot.
Rotenberg hopes to convince the Supreme Court to overturn the conviction of Jose Tolentino, who was stopped by police at 7:40 p.m. on New Year's Day 2005 for playing music too loudly as he drove down a street in New York City.

A police computer check of motor vehicle records disclosed that Tolentino's driver's license had been suspended at least 10 times, and was suspended at the time he was stopped, so he was arrested.
This guy was busted with accurate information and plead guilty. The system worked. Making law enforcement more efficient through better database integration and identity management techniques is a good thing.

Though the article misses the most important privacy point it raises, it is important to recognize the fact that garbage-in-garbage-out in the data-selling industry can disrupt the lives of innocent people. A remedial process should be provided for them.

Integrity of personnel at entry points vital

The Star Online (Malaysia)
The integrity of Immigration officers will be the focus of attention with the proposed implementation of the biometric system at entry points in the country.
After all, identity management is about people.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Malaysia to install fingerprint immigration system

The National Foreigners Enforcement and Registration System (NERS) (
Foreigners entering the country from June 1 will have their thumbprints taken under a biometric system to enhance security at 96 entry points.

The National Foreigners Enforcement and Registration System (NERS) would register and monitor foreigners from their arrival until departure, said Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
Just having an automated way to know with certainty how many people overstay their visa is probably worth the investment. A system that can do that can also do so much more.

Think before you legislate: UK edition

Legal duty to seek parental permission would be ‘huge bureaucratic burden’ (TES Connect)
But ASCL’s legal expert Richard Bird said: “The new law is based on a misunderstanding of what these systems are; it is not fingerprinting as understood by the police.

“The definition of ‘parent’ is also complicated - in some cases there are up to five people with parental rights. It is very unclear.
If schools are unable to keep data secure, biometric template information is the last thing that should concern civil liberties campaigners.

Schools also keep academic records, behavioral records, medical records & counseling notes which are much more sensitive than a string of binary gibberish that cannot be used to learn anything about a student.

Other posts on biometrics and schools.

See: This is What a Fingerprint Template Looks Like

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Biometrics and Development: Women

Opportunity International Launches "Banking on Women" Campaign (Yahoo Finance)
For impoverished women, secure banking services have remained largely out of reach due to a lack of proper identification required to open a bank account. To give women in the developing world safe, secure access to banking services, Opportunity International deploys cutting-edge technologies such as smart cards and biometric fingerprint readers. The use of these innovative technologies makes it possible for rural Africans to open a bank account without the passport or identification card required by traditional financial institutions.

Through Opportunity International, thousands of women across the developing world have gained an identity, or personhood, in a region that is traditionally dominated by men.
The absence of a legitimate individual identity is a barrier to the exercise of basic human rights.

U.S. Travel Association puts TSA back in the spotlight

U.S. Travel Association Calls for ‘Trusted Traveler Program’ to Cut Down on Airport Screenings (Commentary Magazine)
The outcry over increasingly invasive TSA screenings may have died down since last fall, but it isn’t going away anytime soon.
Group says biometric screening could reduce airport hassle (Government Executive)
A voluntary biometric screening system to identify "trusted" air travelers will reduce the hassle of air travel and free up Transportation Security Administration employees to look more closely at higher-risk passengers, security and travel experts said on Wednesday.
Panel: Don't treat fliers like terrorists (CNN)
It [the Panel] also proposed allowing each traveler to check one bag without a fee to reduce the amount of luggage going through security checkpoints.
Better, more efficient identity management techniques, including biometrics will be an integral part of improving the quality of service and the profits of the air travel industry.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Proposed laws on ID tech take privacy to the extreme

State ID bills are disruptive -- and unenforceable (Government Computer News)
I missed this when it came out a few days ago. Thanks to @heidishey & @m2sys for giving it wider attention.
REAL ID is not a good law and does not adequately provide for the security of sensitive data that it requires states to collect and share. But some misguided legislators are attacking the law indirectly by proposing the banning of broad classes of technology that would be used in the cards and licenses. Although concerns about privacy are understandable, bills introduced in New Hampshire and Oklahoma would throw out the baby with the bathwater by prohibiting the use, respectively, of all biometrics and of Radio Frequency ID.

The bills’ authors show a fundamental lack of understanding about biometrics and RFID, and their legislation is at best unnecessary and at worst disruptive and unenforceable.

Privacy concerns are real.
Biometric identity management technologies can improve people's lives.

Elected representatives should do their best to understand the technologies and the likely impact of their actions before proposing new regulations.

As they say, read the whole thing.

Identity management is about people.

Biometrics Becoming Popular for Access Control at Rec Facilities

For many facilities, the Return on Investment is irresistible  (
"Simply, we were hoping to utilize the technology that was available and also keep our expenses lower by not having to issue membership cards to every one of our members," LeeAnn Plumer, director of the Annapolis, Md., recreation and parks department, says of the biometrics-based access control system the department launched in January 2010 with the opening of the city's largest recreation center. "We were using new software that had the technology to implement biometrics, so we thought we'd give it a try and see how it worked for us."

Most rec departments using the technology are indeed still in the "give it a try" phase, and the reviews are mostly positive.
via @m2sys (Twitter)
Proud that this is our technology > #Biometrics Becoming Popular for Access Control at Rec Facilities
Deployments like these validate the efforts of all of us that are working to bring more efficient techniques to the challenge of identity management.

Earlier posts on deployments mentioned in the above linked article:
Poway Tells Skaters to Give Them the Finger (7/10/2010)
Montgomery recreation department moves ahead with finger vein scanners (11/17/2010)

FBI's Next-Gen Multi-Modal Biometric ID management System

New FBI system to use hands, faces, irises, in addition to 70 million fingerprints to ID suspects (
For now, the NGI system, which began operating Feb. 25, handles fingerprints only. But during the next several years, new biometric capabilities will be added to make identification possible through facial recognition technology, iris patterns, and digital photographs of scars, tattoos and other physical markings.
I was trying to come up with a better post title such as:
FBI fingers next generation ID management system
FBI faces next generation ID management system
FBI eyes next generation ID management system

They're all somewhat correct but together they are too long so we'll just go with the unclever "FBI's Next-Gen Multi-Modal Biometric ID management System".

The article linked in this post sheds light on how the system referenced here will evolve.

Update I:
FBI Next-Generation Identification initiative and Interoperability (July 19, 2011)

Update II with much more analysis and detail:
FBI to launch nationwide facial recognition service  (Oct. 10, 2011)

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Montgomery County police to use new mobile scanners for fingerprints

Devices to provide access to larger database to help identify criminals (Montgomery County, Maryland)
The advantage of the new BlueCheck devices — also to be purchased with UASI funds — include faster transmit times for scans and access to both the National Capital Region's Integrated Automatic Fingerprinting System and the statewide fingerprint database, Cunningham said.
Mobility and Interoperability are very big issues in law enforcement. Montgomery County borders Virginia and Washington, DC so multijurisdictional information sharing and mobility are key components of effective policing.

Monday, March 14, 2011

WVU: $9.2 million to fund basic research including Biometrics and ID technologies

WVU gets $4.6M gift from Hazel Ruby McQuain Trust, matched by State
(Charleston Daily Mail)
The endowment will support research in energy and environmental sciences; nanotechnology and material science; biotechnological and biomedical sciences; and biometrics and other identification technologies.

Philippines Representative Tomas Osmeña: Ghostbuster

To remove 'GHOST EMPLOYEES' Tomas wants all soldiers registered with Comelec (
Aside from mandatory registration, Osmeña said the soldiers must also be required to enroll in the biometric system so that their fingerprints can be registered therein. He also wants the salary of all soldiers released through the ATM.

Other posts:
Ghost workers

Biometrics improving

Increasingly sophisticated sensors are driving new developments (
With these new technological developments, it is now more difficult to hack the biometric system. Kendall added that the data will have to be extremely valuable for cybercriminals to invest the effort and time to develop a full anatomically-correct 3D model of a person's finger.

Friday, March 11, 2011

India's UID project continues apace

Two articles from the Economic Times point to India's UID project shifting into high gear.

Aadhaar: Target of enrolling 600 million by 2014 on schedule

Delhi residents to get UID numbers by October

Thursday, March 10, 2011

FBI switches to faster fingerprint identification technology

New system could reduce print matching time to ten minutes (
The old AFIS fingerprint-matching system took up to two hours to respond to a fingerprint pattern-matching request in criminal cases and 24 hours for civil cases, says Traxler. "Our goal for criminal prints is now 10 minutes, and civil, 15 minutes," says Traxler.
John Traxler is the program manager for NGI in the FBI's Clarksburg, WV facility. Clarksburg is right down the road from our offices in Morgantown.

This is what Secure Communities actually does

Border-crosser wanted on other charge (El Paso Times)
One of six people allegedly found crossing the border near Santa Teresa was discovered to be wanted on a charge of molesting a child in Bernalillo County, according to the U.S. Border Patrol.
U.S. Border Patrol nabs alleged sexual offender at station (Alamogordo Daily News)
Adrian Armendariz, 36, of Mexico, was positively identified as having an outstanding warrant for alleged criminal sexual contact of a minor in Bernalillo County. Records also indicated that Armendariz has an extensive criminal history that includes trafficking cocaine, aggravated assault of household member and transportation and selling of controlled substances.
These two articles apparently describe the same event.

Other posts on ICE Secure Communities.

Global Biometric Forecast

Global Biometric Forecast to 2012 (
From the summary of a larger report for sale at the link...
Many governments across the world are adopting biometric technologies to strengthen national security and maintain individual identity. Besides, corporate security and identity theft are fueling growth in the global biometric market. According to our new research report “Global Biometric Forecast to 2012”, the global biometric market is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of around 23% during 2011 - 2013.

Facial Recognition Early Adopters

Tesco in talks over facial recognition tech for stores (

Australian Clinic uses Facial Recognition for easy check-in (Milton Leader)
Many signs point to an uptick in the adoption of facial recognition.

SecurLinx middleware framework works with all sorts of algorithms based on all sorts of biometric modalities. We have a wealth of experience in facial recognition and offer several face-rec applications that run on commercially available off-the-shelf components.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Australian gaming industry may be catching on

The stakes are raised over gambling limits (The Age - Australia)
One argument from the biggest poker machine beneficiaries, clubs and pubs, was whether the proposed system threatens the worst of all worlds - an expensive system that would scare off recreational gamblers while providing little help to problem gamblers.
It looks like the gaming industry is gearing up to defend itself (and customers) against reckless policies. Better late than never, I guess.

See also:
Biometrics shut out of Australian problem gambler program
Most Unfair biometrics article in a long time
More on Australian Politics and Gambling

Even more on the subject
(keep scrolling).

Rich Country, Poor Country

Identification, Please (Foreign Policy)
For the world's poorest, who often have insufficient or no proof of identity, anonymity is rarely a recipe for "freedom." Rather, it's a cause of disenfranchisement, disempowerment, and exclusion.
Foreign Policy Magazine picks up on a theme familiar to our regular readers: biometric ID management systems are viewed very differently by the public in the developed world than they are in the developing world.

Many in the West see the implementation of biometric identity management systems as enhancing government power over the people. They can also be implemented to increase the people's power over their government.

Ghost workers are a tried and true corruption technique. Their use impoverishes the society and undermines faith in democratic institutions.

It is difficult to overestimate the damage that corruption inflicts upon the world's poor. Biometric identity management systems can help restore the power of the people over their governments ensuring that scarce government resources are devoted to spurring economic and social development rather than lining the pockets of those who would violate the public trust for their own narrow interests.

Better identity management techniques, are not by themselves sufficient to improve the daily lives of the world's poor, but they are necessary for legitimizing citizens. In order to fully participate in a modern society, one must have a legitimate identity. Otherwise, modern institutions that have lifted billions of people out of poverty -- democracy and banking systems for example -- simply can't deliver their full range of benefits to the society as a whole.

Other posts in this vein:
Ghost workers

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Face-Rec gaining ground in Australia

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is to upgrade security (
n January, DFAT said facial recognition would be an ongoing area of development in its increased use of biometric technology ahead of the planed launch of a biometrics panel to source specialised biometric support for the Australian Passport Office (APO) and to help develop its own in-house biometrics skills.
Facial recognition, a SecurLinx specialty is really starting to take off.

Biometrics counter ghost pensioners

Military Warn Pension Racketeers (
Mshelia said the introduction of e-pensions payment and use of biometric in verification of pensioners have done away with 'ghost' pensioners and simplified the pension payments. He said the annual verification of pensioners was aimed at ascertaining deceased pensioners and bringing up to date the number of genuine pensioners.
The amount of money developing countries lose to fraud is staggering. Biometric ID management systems can save money and increase faith in institutions at the same time.

Indian firm to launch 'Bank on Bike' for financial inclusion

SBBJ to launch 'Bank on Bike' for financial inclusion (
State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur , a subsidiary of State Bank of India (SBI), is planning to launch Bank on Bike initiative to bring unbanked rural population of Rajasthan under the banking net. This initiative is a part of the financial inclusion plan of the central government to cover all villages with 2,000 and above population
One of the hoped-for benefits of India's UID project is the an extension of the benefits provided by modern institutions to poor citizens.

Monday, March 7, 2011

All California counties have activated Secure Communities

Secure Communities Program Uses Biometrics to Target Illegal Immigrants (Emergency Management)
Since May 2009, when San Diego County became the first California jurisdiction to activate Secure Communities, ICE has taken custody of nearly 48,000 convicted criminal aliens in the state.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Credit Card Users Want Biometrics

Credit card biometrics: The future of data security (
If consumers get their way, credit cards with biometric security features will no longer be the stuff of spy movies, but a mainstream alternative to those that rely on sloppy signatures and forgotten passwords.
One quote in the article hints that single factor biometric authentication is the way to go.
"With fingerprint technology, people don't have to fish through their wallet or purse to try to find their credit cards to make a payment," says Riso.
I believe the physical card will and should be kept around for a while, yet.

Apart from this minor quibble, the article provides a good synthesis of the state of public opinion, differing biometric modalities, customers and service providers.

Earlier post on the Unisys poll referenced in the article

Thursday, March 3, 2011

UK to streamline privacy police?

Privacy groups demand one commissioner to rule them all (The Register)
The UK needs a single privacy commissioner, and not the tangle of officials it is creating to police the area, an alliance of pressure groups claimed yesterday.

Terri Dowty, Director of Action on Rights for Children (ARCH), warned of the uncoordinated and ineffective proliferation of commissioners now operating in this area. Dowty made the call on behalf of a number of other campaign groups, including Privacy International, Genewatch UK and NO2ID.
Public bureaucrats called privacy commissioners always seem a little paternalistic.

My kind of privacy commissioner would hand out fines to people loudly discussing their private lives on their mobiles in public places rather than trying to inject themselves into the privacy decisions best left to the rough-and-tumble of individual informed consent.

If the surveillance state has gotten too big, why not just roll it back rather than creating an entirely new innovation-limiting bureaucracy?

Nevertheless, the changes proposed in the article represent a step toward a more rational system.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Jennifer Aniston's house has biometrically proteced wine and jewelry

Inside Jennifer Aniston’s $42 Million Beverly Hills Home (
Security technology also knows no limits in the Aniston abode. The house’s wine cellar is engulfed in a biometric security system, meaning only Aniston’s unique fingerprint id can pop the lock. The same goes for her built-in jewelry cabinet. If you have a collection of baubles fit for movie premieres and Oscar nights, then this would be a must-have amenity.