Motorola and Identix have teamed up to introduce the next generation of fingerprint-based security products, including an optical reader reduced in size and cost.
"We think we've got the solution," said Grant Evans, vice president of Identix, demonstrating his company's technology at Comdex this week.
Evans, along with Roger Janikowski, business development manager of digital imaging at Motorola, displayed the new DFR 300 reader, which measures only 4.5mm in thickness and is approximately 20 per cent the size of traditional readers. Janikowski claimed the reader would fit into most computer and consumer devices, as it was the industry's smallest and lightest optical reader.
Behind the DFR 300 fingerprint sensor is Identix's Biologon 2.0 software application, which provides biometrics-based client access security. The product uses Motorola's DigitalDNA technology to redefine simple functions, such as unlocking your car, logging on to your computer and operating your cell phone.
Evans claimed that fingerprint identification is the best known form of personal identification and in terms of a biometric, it is a de facto standard.
The two companies are working with Compaq Computer to integrate the fingerprint sensor into the recently announced Compaq Armada E500 laptop. And SCM Microsystems has used it inside its PC Card.
"The Identix-Motorola DFR 300 sharply improves biometrics' competitiveness because of its low price point, small size, technological sophistication and integration with existing security products," said Chris Christiansen, program director, at International Data Corporation, Internet Security Program.
Not only is this authentication method applicable to corporate desktop and laptops PCs, I would not be surprised to see biometrics in handheld computer and cell phones in two to three years," he added.
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