The latest security gimmick to be launched on an unsuspecting desktop industry is fingerprint recognition.
This technology will replace passwords for PC and network users according to National Registry and Key Tronic who just so happen to have developed a product which fits the bill.
The snappily titled NRIdentity Secure Authentication Facility for Windows NT uses fingerprint recognition technology and scanning devices to control user access at a cost of around $600 (#350) per machine.
Gartner Group analyst Jackie Fenn, commented: "Like all biometric techniques, fingerprint recognition offers higher levels of security than cards, passwords and personal-identification numbers, which can be compromised through carelessness or theft. And compared to other biometric techniques such as retina, iris, face and voice, fingerprints offer a relatively good compromise between ease-of-use, template size, cost and accuracy."
Predictably for such innovative technology, the Key Tronic hardware on which the software depends does not have an official shipment date. According to the company, the product is in beta test and will not be available until later next year.
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