Fingerprint-reading keypads and mouse, identity verification systems and retina-scanning lasers were demonstrated at this week's Comdex as biometrics technology vendors moved closer to the mainstream with their own - albeit small - pavilion.
This is the first year Comdex Las Vegas has dedicated a pavilion to biometrics. Two biometric vendors, Safling Corporation and Secugen, announced that ING Direct, a Toronto based home banking company, will license their jointly developed fingerprint-reading mouse. The product, called the Secudesktop 1.4, includes a glass fingerprint reader on its side.
Precise Biometrics unveiled a new fingerprint and smartcard reader. The smartcard can also be used for secure storage of digital certificates and fingerprints. Applications under development include integration with entrance security and physical access control for business and homes, the company said.
The fingerprint reader itself consists of a silicon sensor combined with logon software, a fingerprint protected screensaver and a program to enroll new users. The fingerprint data is encrypted and can be stored on a smartcard, which is inserted into the fingerprint reader.
"There's been so much hype, so much attention," said Kevin Tahan, an analyst at FBI Securities, who has been following biometrics. "I was so pleased to find the biggest market research firms commenting that, after Y2K, the biggest IT push is biometric security."
Cypersign rolled out its biometric identity verification system. According to Nobuhiko Tsuji, Cypersign's international business development manager, Cypersign verifies an identity by analysing the shape, speed, stroke order, pen pressure and timing information which are captured during the handwritten act of signing.
He said the company is working with partners such as Entrust, Fujitsu, Hitachi, NEC, NTT Data Science and Panasonic.
"Lotus Notes uses Cypersign and we expect to have a version available for Adobe Acrobat early next year," Tsuji said.
Biometric Identification demonstrated its advanced fingerprint identification device. Called the Veriprint 2100, the self-contained device includes a ridge recognition algorithm from the centre of the finger, and a fully programmable microprocessor. The device includes a 32 character display, a 12 digit keypad and visual and audio indicators.
"The device stores transaction logs and many thousands of fingerprint templates," said David Gershenson, marketing director at Biometric.
New Vikendi map adds snow, snowmobiles and new aural and visual twists
Faults and bad weather ground SpaceX, Blue Origin, Arianespace and United Alliance
New regulation expected to cut greenhouse gas emissions by about 17 million metric tonnes between 2020 and 2050
Molybdenum ditelluride is a two-dimensional material that can be easily stacked into multiple layers to create a memory cell