Magazine article Security Management

Convergence: Smart Cards versus Biometrics

Magazine article Security Management

Convergence: Smart Cards versus Biometrics

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COMPANIES ARE TYING together physical and IT (or logical) access control systems, but not all such systems are equally popular. Forty-nine percent of 89 companies in a wide range of industries surveyed by EQUS Group Inc., a San Jose, California-based research firm, have plans to implement or have already installed smart cards, which represents a convergence of IT and access control. But only 34 percent of companies have or plan to have biometric access-control systems.

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The data show that smart cards have a good head start on biometrics, with only 8 percent reporting a completed biometric implementation, about half of the percentage that have completed smart-card implementations. Nine percent plan a biometrics project this year, while 13 percent say that they will deploy smart cards. Two-thirds of those surveyed say they have no plans for biometrics, versus 51 percent who don't plan on deploying a smart-card solution.

EQUS analyst Dana Good says that the numbers underscore the "pretty negative" feelings of most of those surveyed toward biometrics. …

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