3.31.2005

Biometrics

Is there a reason that companies selling biometric products specifically fingerprint readers use simple pattern recognition? Is it just cheaper to use a method that is easily spoofed. Aside from Smartlok is any other company using the spacing and depth of the ridges and valleys in prints? (which by the way are as unique as the prints themselves. Print prints)
For those that don't know Smartlok is a NJ based company that developed and sells rentable lockers that use fingerprints as the key, so it would be rather difficult to loose your key. These are marketed to places such as railstations, airports and amusementparks to name a few. Aside from the savings in replacing keys/tokens these lockers have an audit trail that links to your fingerprint. I guess this is the death knell for using public lockers as clandestine drug drops.