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SC Magazine 2012 Industry Innovators: Access control
When we talk about access control, we usually assume that we are discussing all of its aspects, including identification, authentication and authorization. This month, we are hitting some important high points that touch each of those. First, we look at biometrics, which has long been thought of as expensive and, perhaps, a bit too flaky for mass use. Oh, there was never any doubt that if you could have a low cost, accurate, easy-to-use biometric tool you could have solid authentication. But cost and other factors limited their use to very high-security applications.
For those of you who have traveled internationally – or even within the United States – you know that long lines can develop at the various security checkpoints. But, what if you could enroll once for a simple, unobtrusive biometric scan and never need to wait in a line again? Impossible? Not anymore. EyeLock has come up with a series of iris scanners that can read your eye at a distance while you are walking through the line. While it does not replace the devices that scan you and your carry-ons, for those frequent travelers who will soon have special ID cards, this is just the ticket.
What about the process of getting a visitor's badge every time you go to visit a company? Or, if you are an employee at a large facility that requires an ID card swipe every time you go in or out? This authentication would do the trick nicely.
Some of our innovators focus on creative technology and some on innovative go-to-market strategy. EyeLock is the whole package. The solutions to problems that it believes can be solved with its sophisticated biometric technology are developed in close cooperation with customers, academics and industry. Because the basic premise of replacing the swipe card with biometrics was a bit of a big bite for the market to swallow, the company set about to bring the price way down and the accuracy way up.