The IT department wants your body

    Date25 Oct 2001
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    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    Biometrics has been around for 20 years, but supporters argue that biometric systems - which analyse unique physiological traits such as fingerprints, palms, voices and facial patterns - are finally ready for the mainstream. Emerging shrink-wrapped biometric products are remarkably inexpensive, . . . Biometrics has been around for 20 years, but supporters argue that biometric systems - which analyse unique physiological traits such as fingerprints, palms, voices and facial patterns - are finally ready for the mainstream. Emerging shrink-wrapped biometric products are remarkably inexpensive, and concern about network security keeps on growing. Mass-market products are just around the corner, says Samir Nanavati, a partner at consultant International Biometric Group (IBG).

    "We're nearing the end of the research and piloting phase," he says. Nanavati compares biometric adoption to the stealth invasion of email. "There was no single moment when we were all given email addresses. It will be the same with biometrics - you won't even notice adoption over the next two to three years. It will just happen," he says.

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