Security is really just a by-product of biometrics technology. Its real value lies in the cost savings it can provide to an enterprise in the allocation and administration of security procedures such as passwords. That, at any rate, is the reasoning behind a partnership between Targus and biometrics software outfit BioNetrix to bring an enterprise-level authentication package to the Australian market.
Targus has teamed the Defcon Authenticator fingerprint security with BioNetrix's authentication software to create a package specifically targeted at enterprise customers. Now the companies are looking to the channel to provide the final link in the supply chain.
"We are really a black box for stronger authentication," explained BioNetrix business development director Bikram Bakshi. "On one side you can have any kind of authentication device. On the other, a number of applications. With the box in the middle, you only have to go through a one-off authentication process. It's a many-to-many switch.
"That's the value proposition -- you don't have to worry about multiple integration."
As well as using the solution as a security measure, biometrics can also cut down the work required to set up and administer the many passwords used today within an enterprise.
"In some ways, security is really a by-product," Bakshi said. "This sort of technology allows companies to streamline their operations and improve productivity."
Fingerprint technology is the most widely accepted biotechnology in the marketplace. But the new system offered by Targus uses an inductive circuit to read down to the live layer of skin.
The solution is targeted at enterprise-level organisations, although around 15 applications are supported out of the box. Resellers can add value by integrating any customised applications into the Authentication Management System.
For smaller businesses, Targus is also offering a retail package with client-based software for $349. The more complex server/client package, in which Targus partners with BioNetrix, has an average list price of $US100 per user.