Biometrics 'ID' real applications

Biometrics ‘ID’ real applications
Melanie Reynolds Biometric methods to prove an individual’s identity are moving from the trial stage into real applications. That was the message at the Smart Card 99 show where biometrics had its own display area. One example of this is face recognition software from Dectel Security Systems which is being used in US immigration control for workers who regularly cross the Mexican border. Dectel’s joint managing director John Ellis said that a retail scheme which identifies shoplifters is next on the list. The identification of prison visitors is another application that Dectel expects to move beyond the trial stage. “This year we’re reasonably sure we will have one or two operations running,” he said. Another development Ellis pointed to is the growing interest in combining several biometric techniques to increase overall security. Gary Bradshaw, key account manager at Cherry Electronic Products believes that the market is ready for biometrics. The technology has now matured such that the cost of using it to protect data makes economic sense, he said. “Biometrics needed a large application or large project,” said Bradshaw, and these have appeared in the last few years. As an example, Cherry’s fingerprint recognition keyboard is currently undergoing a trial with a UK bank and is due to be launched in May. Other biometric technologies at the show included vein pattern recognition from Neusciences (pictured) which uses infra-red to map the heat pattern of the veins in the back of the hand.

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