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Fingerprint scanners seem to have become dominant in the space, but some question
whether they are the right ﬁt for every organization, says Peter Stephenson.
hen we looked at nition started to gain ground the ﬁrst place? Is what you are
PICK OF THE LITTER
biometric authentica- – with research being driven by protecting worth the cost and
The ACTAtek device from ACTAtek tion devices in the SC the convenience of being able the trouble? In other words, can
Technology is a solid, easy to use Labs this month, we found that to scan without the subject real- the biometric device that opens
physical access/time-keeping the mix of logical and physical izing it and the need to identify the data center door authenti-
biometric product. We give it our access control products had terrorist suspects at airports and cate to the user’s computer too?
Best Buy this month. shifted signiﬁcantly from previ- other travel spots. Second, once you’ve decided
The Intelli-Pass Biometric Access ous years. We also found that However, ﬁngerprint scan- that biometrics is the answer,
some of the product vendors this ners were starting to boast 99.9 what are you going to do with
Control system from Black Box uses
month viewed their products as percent accuracy while facial it and what is the appropri-
latest-generation ﬁngerprint too difﬁcult to implement with- recognition was pegged at just ate technology? With today’s
veriﬁcation and a unique split- out one of their engineers on under 90 percent. Also, two- ﬁngerprint-scanning software,
architecture design to provide site. We don’t agree with that. dimensional facial recognition that may be the answer for most
solid security in access control. One major improvement we are was plagued by lighting chal- logical access applications. If
It’s an excellent product with a seeing is ease of use. But more lenges and that affected accu- you need to open doors, though,
solid security architecture. It gets on that shortly. racy signiﬁcantly. you might want something a
The ﬁrst year that we looked Facial recognition research little more robust. Consider that
our Recommended rating.
at biometrics, we had some of goes on apace, testing the use there is a lot more behind that
the most fascinating devices it of multiple cameras, different data center door than there is
ever has been my pleasure to lighting requirements, two- and under the hood of your laptop.
test. We had facial recognition, three-dimensional rendering, Finally, once you’ve decided
ﬁngerprint scanners and palm etc. Meanwhile, ﬁngerprint that you need biometrics and