The eyes have it for Minister box access

The eyes have it for Minister box access
Political Correspondent A second generation slimline electronic government red box is close to being unveiled, public service minister David Clark has revealed. And in place of fingerprint recognition or electronic signatures to gain access, biometric recognition – reading a person’s iris to open up the red box – is now being considered. The problems with ensuring that only the relevant Minister accessed the high-tech document bag was one of the reasons why the first prototype failed to take off (see EW, March 18). It was also considered too heavy, slow, unwieldy and complicated by most Ministers who tried it. They swiftly reverted to pen and paper especially as there were problems with the voice dictation system mishearing and reproducing the wrong word. But now Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Dr Clark has told MPs: “The next prototype which will be much smaller – the size of a laptop. I believe it will revolutionise the work of Ministers and ensure that wherever they are in the world, they will have access to the secure Intranet.”


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