Biometrics showcased at Comdex
- By Dan Caterinicchia, Dan Caterinicchia
- Nov 13, 2000
Dozens of companies are showcasing their biometric technologies at Comdex
2000 in Las Vegas, and several are hoping today's trade show exhibit will
be tomorrow's government agency implementation.
SecuGen Corp. displayed an "integrated fingerprint recognition device
in a mechanical lock set" that the FBI began reviewing last week, said Peter
Tarlton, manager of strategic accounts at the San Jose, Calif.-based company.
The device adds a fingerprint verification component to the standard key
to unlock a door.
Another highlighted system was the Immigration and Naturalization Service's
Automated Biometric Identification System (IDENT), which uses fingerprint
and facial matching to identify illegal aliens entering the United States.
IDENT recently sent its millionth fingerprint submission to the FBI's central
The IDENT system delivers "response time in days, not weeks," for law
enforcement collaboration, said Danny Chu, president of the Keyware division
that developed the system.
Chu added that Keyware is also working with the General Services Administration
on the biometric component of its smart card initiatives.
Elsewhere, BioNetrix Systems Corp., Vienna, Va., a provider of personal
authentication solutions, announced Monday that its authentication suite
has been added to Spectrum Systems Inc.'s GSA Federal Supply Service schedule.
"This is going to make it easier for us to sell to the federal government.
It provides us leverage in the government market," said Trevor Walker, spokesman
Finally, DigitalPersona Inc. announced that the Glendale, Calif., government
signed a letter of intent last week to order more than 1,000 units of its
U.are.U fingerprint system for workstations over the next five years. The
technology eliminates the need for passwords through fingerprint recognition
and costs about $149 per desktop, said Trish Borrmann, senior marketing
manager for the Redwood City, Calif.-based company.