Biometrics is Slow Going for High-Tech Security Systems


Biometric technologies have not come to fruition within the past year, note many security companies, government agencies and security analysts. And, a dramatic change is not likely to be seen anytime soon.

However, “within five years, things are going to change dramatically,” Jonathan Tal, president of San Jose, Calif.-based Homeland Security Research Corp. tells “But not by the end of this year.”

Tal says there are still many challenges to getting new security technologies in place are still legion. For example, only a handful of companies have been able to put their systems through limited and isolated tests at airports. The article reports that the results have yet to be verified by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the division of the Department of Transportation established last November to develop and implement improved anti-terrorism security systems and practices.

Without the active involvement of the TSA and other federal government agencies, such as the FBI, developing and deploying accurate biometric security systems nationwide would be difficult, if not impossible.

The TSA is working to examine the possibility of developing biometrics and other technologies to help secure the country from terrorist attacks, but analysts doubt that anything will develop quickly.

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