Government Catches Biometrics Bug

January 2005
Security: Solutions for Enterprise Security Leaders;Jan2005, Vol. 42 Issue 1, p18
Trade Publication
The article discusses the role of government in the field of biometrics. The government is embracing existing biometrics based designs as well as investing in significant research and development. Such attention from Washington and the Pentagon will only accelerate the use of biometrics in the corporate and commercial sector. The Washington State Department of Corrections uses biometrics to help track and supervise offenders in more than 70 kiosks located in field offices statewide, and at most community outstations. Rapidtron of Costa Mesa, California, has finger-scanning reader that works in concert with its smart card. This tandem use provides increased security by validating the user of the smart card through biometrics identification in less than one second of scanning.


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