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The process of recognizing a human being using one or more inherent physical traits. For example, one may identify a criminal using his/her fingerprints. Biometric products are used for a variety of government and commercial purposes, often for security.


Increasingly popular building security system technology that relies on automated identification of physical characteristics such as fingerprints or retinal scans in order to determine access rights.The technology and the cost have both reached the point that consumer-level biometric security devices are available,such as for use in self-storage facilities and residences.Access codes, keys, and electronic cards are becoming outdated. Developers should bear this in mind when designing new construction and spend a minor amount of extra money necessary for wiring to accommodate biometric systems.

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During the week of May 9-12, 2006 we surveyed ChangeWave Research members on key industry trends in Smart Cards and Biometric IDs, including who stands to win and lose in the homeland security marketplace.
This solution will help government agencies and private enterprises address the provisions for deploying fully integrated biometrics and smart card solutions for their organizations.
has developed a rugged multi-biometric Handheld Biometric Computer terminal for the government market, including FIPS 201 applications.
The multimodal approach combined with a unique integrated fraud detection technology solves the two most pressing problems of the entire biometric industry -- insufficient recognition accuracy and insufficient protection against security attacks.
The IWS Background Check Server is a software application designed specifically for government and law enforcement organizations to support the first stage of biometric identity management functions such as identity proofing and vetting.
Sagem Morpho continues to be a biometric industry leader as confirmed by its string of FIPS-201 certifications and its pool of GSA Approved and soon to be approved Products.
ActivIdentity has integrated a key component of ImageWare's PIV solution, IWS(TM) EPI(TM) Builder, as part of its FIPS 201 PIV solutions, providing all aspects of ID functionality from image and biometric capture to the enrollment, issuance and management of PIV cards.
JASDAQ:6679), a 30-year developer of systems, developer of external and embedded device-device connectivity products and biometric readers and software.
Establishing an infrastructure with technology in place to handle biometric identification and authentication procedures with secure credentialing capabilities for relief victims and refugees is necessary towards minimizing security concerns and improving the accuracy and response times for victim relief such as funding, medical supplies, insurance, living assistance, among other relief requirements.
plusID protects its user's personal privacy by retaining all fingerprint information in a secure processor in the device, not in a "centralized" biometric database.
The products offer multimodal, end-to-end biometric security solutions that include 3D infrared facial recognition access control, real-time facial recognition passive surveillance and simple-to-use visitor management systems.
Today, these biometric technologies are being used by a numbers of institutions that see their benefits over traditional smart cards.