Biometric Sample

The data obtained by a biometric system’s capture device-such as a facial image, voice recording or a fingerprint.

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    Short for binary digit, the smallest unit of information on a machine. The term was first used in 1946 by John Tukey, a leading statistician and adviser to five presidents. A single bit can hold only one of two values: 0 or 1. More meaningful information is obtained by combining consecutive bits into larger units. […]

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