In-Your-Face Security Check

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.