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Iris Scanning PC Security

Techstination feature for Tuesday, October 2, 2001

Seeing eye to eye with your computer. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. With more and more of us becoming concerned about all kinds of security, Panasonic is introducing a way to safeguard the data on your PC. It's called the Authenticam...

"It's a PC based cyber-security product that utilizes iris recognition technology to positively identify a user on a PC, whether it be a local or wide area network type of implementation."

Product development manager Tim Meyerhoff. The hardware, which can double as a standard Web cam, attaches to the USB port of a desktop or notebook running Windows 98 or above... .and to log on... .you no longer need to remember a password. Just look at the camera (sound) Meyerhoff says it is more secure than using fingerprint recognition devices now on the market...

"What iris recognition can do is positively identify a user from a database, let's say as big as five hundred thousand users in less than two seconds. Unlike fingerprint technology, which potentially would bring back two or three possible matches."

And while it is designed for the corporate environment, pricing starts at under 240 dollars, making it affordable enough for some users at home. You can find more information at Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.