Biometric breakthroughs

Biometrics is currently a very hot topic in the media, but at an enterprise level little has been happening – CBD’s Rinaldo Ribeiro comments that his firm had to look hard to find vendors and integrators offering enterprise biometric systems.

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By  Eliot Beer Published  July 1, 2006

|~||~||~|Biometrics is currently a very hot topic in the media, but at an enterprise level little has been happening – CBD’s Rinaldo Ribeiro comments that his firm had to look hard to find vendors and integrators offering enterprise biometric systems. But, says Patrick Gilmore, director of biometrics for the Middle East and Africa at Motorola, enterprises in the Middle East are starting to look at biometric access control and authentication point solutions, for high-security situations. He says one of the limiting factors of widespread biometric use is that various methods can be problematic for certain sections of a population – for example, significant numbers of people are unable to use fingerprint scanners, due to wear to their digits. “One landmark project in Dubai considered biometrics for access control, but eventually decided on RFID cards, because of the issues around speed of access and the free flow of people,” says Gilmore. “What we are seeing is enterprises deploying biometrics in high-security, low population areas, where security is paramount.” This latter approach is being considered by CBD as well – Ribeiro says the bank will probably deploy a fingerprint scanning system for senior management and certain branch managers. He explains: “This is because of the cost and because we are considering this as a new solution for the bank and the market as a whole. Of course the cost per component is very important, and if we compare the cost of biometrics versus tokens, the cost is around eight to 10 times more than the tokens.”||**||

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