Advanced facial and fingerprint recognition biometric logon

New advanced biometric logon software uses facial and/or fingerprint recognition to logon to PCs and websites, replacing the traditional username and passwords that can be stolen or forgotten.

Jul 7, 2011
By Paul Jacques
Andy Pope (left) receives his award from Lord Lingfield, Chairman of the Association of Super Recognisers.

New advanced biometric logon software uses facial and/or fingerprint recognition to logon to PCs and websites, replacing the traditional username and passwords that can be stolen or forgotten.

3M Cogent’s BioTrust software console allows users to customise security level settings, enrol facial images and manage web single sign-on (SSO) subscriptions.

The software’s password manager functions as an automatic web SSO for website logons. For example, if a user navigates to a secured website—such as webmail, a social networking site or an online banking site – after entering their login details, the software will ask the user if they want to use biometric identification for future logins.

After a year-long trial as a plug-in for Hewlett-Packard professional laptops,

the software is now available as a standalone version that can be installed on laptop or desktop computers running Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7 and uses Internet Explorer 7, or higher. It is also available in more than 30 languages.

A US city has put a finger on compliance control with the introduction fingerprint scanners for individual identification.

Due to the fact that many officers share workstations and passwords, Winter Park in Florida has deployed the scanners to enable better access control for department records.

Officers now place a finger in a digital reader as part of the sign-process. The process has also been put into use for the remainder of the city’s 520 employees in departments such as fire, public works and city hall.

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