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     GroupTest: Biometrics
     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

                                                    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
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