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Sep 5 2007   9:58AM GMT

Biometrics on System i

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

John Ghrist at the System i Network looks at why there aren’t more biometrics vendors on the System i.

Ghrist asked one of the few System i biometrics vendors out there, Valid Technologies, about it:

I put that question to Greg Faust, Valid Technologies’ CEO. “There aren’t more biometrics vendors in the entire enterprise market space, let alone the System i market, because companies at the enterprise level are slow to adopt new technologies,” he opined.

Ghrist added that biometrics should catch on with System i users because of its ease of use: No longer would there be passwords upon passwords to remember. Simply stick your finger down, have it read your unique print, and be on your happy, System i way. I have another theory why biometrics isn’t taking off on the System i or other enterprise platforms such as the mainframe or Unix boxes. Security on those servers is much better compared to x86 distributed servers, and so right now there is no need for biometric enhancements.

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