In-Your-Face Security Check

 
 
By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2001-02-12 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Although Dialog Communication Systems warns that the need to memorize a flood of passwords and PINs is overwhelming end users, the same might be said of biometric security devices and IT managers.

Although Dialog Communication Systems warns that the need to memorize a flood of passwords and PINs is overwhelming end users, the same might be said of biometric security devices and IT managers.

At least Dialogs BioID Soho 1.0, available as a trial download from www. bioid.com, uses regular PC video and sound equipment to authenticate users based on a combination of voice, lip and facial recognition. The product worked well, although I had initial setup difficulties, including making sure I was in an area with enough light.

This will likely make a decent authentication system for IT managers who need to make sure that employees working at home or in remote offices are the only people accessing a protected computer. As with most other biometric products, BioID Soho 1.0 is still difficult to manage from a central location. This must be improved before it will be useful to most enterprises.

 
 
 
 
Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant is the executive editor of Enterprise Networking Planet. Prior to ENP, Cameron was technical analyst at PCWeek Labs, starting in 1997. Cameron finished up as the eWEEK Labs Technical Director in 2012. Before his extensive labs tenure Cameron paid his IT dues working in technical support and sales engineering at a software publishing firm . Cameron also spent two years with a database development firm, integrating applications with mainframe legacy programs. Cameron's areas of expertise include virtual and physical IT infrastructure, cloud computing, enterprise networking and mobility. In addition to reviews, Cameron has covered monolithic enterprise management systems throughout their lifecycles, providing the eWEEK reader with all-important history and context. Cameron takes special care in cultivating his IT manager contacts, to ensure that his analysis is grounded in real-world concern. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at cameron.sturdevant@quinstreet.com.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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