Latest OpticsReport Sheds Light on Biometrics

Fingers, Faces and Eyes Become 'Passwords'

Apr 29, 2003, 01:00 ET from OpticsReport

    TUCSON, Ariz., April 29 /PRNewswire/ -- OpticsReport, in its continuing
 coverage of optics-related investment opportunities, explains the types of
 biometric technologies and how these technologies use human anatomical and
 behavioral characteristics as passwords.  A comprehensive discussion and
 assessment of leading biometric companies and their products for finger,
 facial, and eye-scan identification is provided in this latest issue of the
 respected optics publication.
     Biometric systems scan body parts such as fingers, faces, and eyes and
 then use the biometric profiles obtained like keys or electronic passwords.
 The use of an individual's own body parts makes it virtually impossible to
 defeat biometric systems by stealing a person's identity, and biometric
 "passwords" cannot be forgotten.  Relying heavily on optics, biometric devices
 are ready to meet ever-increasing security requirements in scores of
     Interest in biometrics has grown significantly due to mounting concerns
 about homeland security and identity fraud.  According to the International
 Biometric Group (IBG), current global biometrics revenues of $601 million
 (USD) are expected to reach $4 billion (USD) by 2007.  According to Gillian
 Glasser of IBG, "Biometrics initiatives mandated by the government, such as
 those contained within the USA Patriot Act, the Aviation and Transportation
 Security Act, and the Enhanced Border Security and Visa Reform Act, will help
 the industry realize much anticipated growth."
     Widespread application of biometrics will first be seen in consumer
 electronics devices not unlike the gadgetry of science-fiction films.
 According to Michael Stevenson, author of OpticsReport, "Hollywood makes the
 technology seem futuristic, but biometric identification is rooted in reality.
 For under $60 you can equip your computer with a fingerprint sensor.  No
 password.  No fuss."
     Kathleen Perkins, CEO and Publisher of OpticsReport commented, "People
 need to understand that biometrics will replace passwords and key locks.
 Children today will be explaining to their grandkids how old-fashioned keys
 worked, and how hard it was to memorize countless passwords.  We have
 researched the sector and selected the best companies for investors interested
 in this high-growth industry."
     To purchase the Biometrics report, visit
     About OpticsReport:
     OpticsReport is published by Breault Research Organization.  Founded in
 1979, Breault has more than a dozen optical engineers and close ties to the
 Arizona Optics Association and the University of Arizona's renowned Optical
 Sciences Center.  For additional information, call Kathleen Perkins (CEO)
 toll-free at 877-885-6176 or see

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