Forget fingerprints, new technology can single out someone based on something just as unique. The Pentagon developed a new laser last year called Jetson,
Technically, it’s called your “cardiac signature” and it’s said to be more reliable than fingerprints, facial recognition, or gait analysis, which identifies a person by
While the technology identifying cardiac signatures isn’t new, up until now it’s been used in verification, not identification. Jetson is revolutionary because it’s able to detect cardiac signatures at long-range distances — 200 meters, to be exact. The laser takes about 30 seconds for a good return, and it can’t read through heavy layers of clothing. So, ideally, a subject would have to be stationary and not wearing a winter coat. However, in ideal conditions, Jetson’s accuracy is estimated at 95%.
Since this is the first generation of this type of technology, it’s estimated that continual improvements will enable it to work more effectively and under varying conditions. It will also require the development of a cardiac signature database, much like a fingerprint database, to be able to readily match subjects with their corresponding cardiac signature.
The technology has many long-range implications. Doctors could use it to monitor a patient’s vitals remotely. While marketing and advertising executives could literally see the pulse of their audience change in reaction to their campaigns. Theoretically, it could also be used in policing and avoid some of the pitfalls found with facial recognition software.
Jetson is strictly for military use as of now. As Business Insider notes, “The Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office suggested two years ago that this technology could be combined with other identification technologies, explaining, ‘Being able to measure unique cardiac signatures obtained from an individual at a distance provides additional biometric identification when environmental conditions and changes in facial appearance hinder use of a facial recognition system.'”
While this could certainly change the idea of warfare, the future non-combat options for this biometric technology are also endless.