An Eye on Biometrics
Panasonic device lowers point of entry, but iris recognition is still nascent.As biometric security goes, fingerprint recognition systems may be less expensive, but the eyes have it. The iris is the most unique identifier on the human body, but it has been the focus of few biometric efforts. The reason: Iris scanning systems have been expensive, slow and often cant work easily in networked environments. The Panasonic Biometrics Groups $200 Authenticam shows that advanced biometrics are entering the mainstreamand what still needs to be done.
The Authenticams price alone is an eye-opener, bringing the cost of sophisticated iris scanning technology closer to fingerprint recognition systems, which are roughly $100 per system. The price of biometric devices in general should continue to drop over the next few years, becoming a fraction of the cost of implementing single-sign-on authentication necessary for network deployment of biometrics.