- A technology developed by Biometric Solutions as an Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) that is used to verify a person's identity through fingerprint, face, or retinal scanning. This technology was originally designed for use in helping law enforcement agencies track and identify individuals who have committed a crime. These solutions save time and increase accuracy in the identification, processing, and management of individuals for criminal and civil purposes. However, the fashion retail community utilizes the technology to enhance customer service and to save time and money. For example, at the checkout counter, when a special transaction requires a store manager's approval, a biometric-equipped personal digital assistant (PDA) device enables the store manager to authorize a refund from wherever he may be in the store so that the customer does not have to wait. The manager simply logs on to his wireless PDA from anywhere in the store and, with the touch of his thumbprint, he can authorize the return. Another use of the technology involves a customer payment program. A customer's fingerprint can designate which payment method he/she wishes to use, eliminating costly and time-consuming credit card transactions.
Historical Dictionary of the Fashion Industry. Francesca Sterlacci and Joanne Arbuckle.
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