Vascular-pattern recognition easy on the networkSerpentegena writes "Swipe me in, Scotty — the Canadian Port of Halifax in Nova Scotia is rolling out a super-expensive(read: $20M) security infrastructure upgrade which will include a dual smartcard/biometrics access system for the port's 4000 employees.
The interesting part about vascular-scanning technology under this particular implementation is the relatively small network traffic impact:
"Our (hand vascular) template is 280 bytes fully encrypted. It's a very, very small template so it really doesn't have an issue with congestion on the network,"
according to Gord Helm, head honcho of marine security and cruise operations.
"For our purposes, the environment that we're working in, the temperature and the weather parameters that we are dealing with, plus the stakeholders that we're dealing with, iris scanning and fingerprint (biometric) weren't really an option," he says.
The Halifax Port Authority also evaluated other biometric technologies, including iris scanning, fingerprinting and hand geometry. Although popular with consumers, the former two were found to be intrusive by the port staff, and were thus excluded as options for the major upgrade rollout. Read the rest of the article at IT World"