PDA Solutions dont Measure

By Peter-Michael Ziegler  |  Posted 2002-06-03 Print this article Print

Up"> Completely out of line during our tests were the two PDA solutions by the US American manufacturer Biocentric Solutions. To ensure their integration into the operating systems Windows CE and Pocket PC 2002 both applications make use of the program BioFamily that comes with the devices. Whereas BioHub is designed to prevent unauthorized access to a variety of these little helpers by means of a CompactFlash Card with an integrated fingerprint scanner, naught but Compaqs iPAQs will fit into the BioSentry expansion jacket with its rear FP scanner.

Even during normal use problems with both products kept popping up. Neither BioHub nor BioSentry reliably recognized registered users - a state of affairs that repeated soft- and hardware resets were unable to remedy. Sometimes it took 30 attempts for a simple authentication to succeed, then again placing the very tip of a fingertip of an unregistered user on the sensors surface would suffice for access to the PDA to be granted. In a nutshell: Since there was no way to sensibly test either BioHub or BioSentry, we put them back where they had come from - inside their FedEx packages.


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