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Topics in this issue:
promising biometric technology: finger vein authentication
Recently I've came across a
very interesting biometric technology: Users
are authenticated using their finger vein (NOT fingerprint).
Why is it interesting?
Due to these excellent features, I'd definitely consider it if I was
planning to deploy a biometric system in a high security environment.
The only disadvantage I can see is that the concept is patented. The
good news is there is a similar
technology using palm vein. So, at least you can choose from
two companies instead of one.
- Uniqueness. It is as unique as fingerprint.
- Hard to replicate. It is easy to capture
someone's finger print (e.g., using a glass that he just held), but it
is quite difficult to capture someone's finger vein as it requires
taking an infra-red snapshot at a very close distance. Even when the
image of the finger vein is obtained, it is difficult to fake
a finger with blood flowing in the vein.
- Discourage criminals from taking your body
parts. To obtain your fingerprinter, a criminal is encouraged to cut
off your finger. In contrast, if your finger is cut off, the vein will
have no blood and won't work.
- Good accuracy. Fingerprints can be conteminated
by grease or dirt, while finger vein is not affected.
Therefore, finger vein authentication achieves a very high accuracy.
10 technologies in 2008 by Gartner
You may take a look at the
list to plan ahead.
Russian schools will use Linux exclusively
According to this news,
all Russian schools will use Linux exclusively by 2009 as a cost
effective way to stop using pirated software.
project management software
If you use tools like MS
Project, you may take a look at some open source alternatives:
Workbench and OpenProj.
They both run on Windows. The latter can even open and save MS project
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