Biometrics saves notebook light fingering

Biometrics saves notebook light fingering

After months of doing the future technology circuit at industry trade shows and conventions, biometric technology has finally made a debut in the market with the release of Acer's TravelMate 739TLV notebook featuring fingerprint security.

Acer has included the technology as a built-in function of the notebook in order to combat theft and security risks, according to the company. Only an authorised user can operate the notebook after their fingerprint has been recorded on the notebook's palm rest.

"With notebook theft on the rise, Acer is providing a secure solution for its customers," said Acer's portable PC product manager, Antonio Leone.

"This feature is the logical development for businesses concerned for the security of their data and systems. Businesses need to ensure that their data does not simply walk out the door."

In the US, Toshiba and Identix last week announced the release of the Toshiba PC Card Fingerprint Reader, a similar offering which supports multi-user environments. However, Toshiba has yet to ship the product.

Acer's notebook is priced at $8779 plus GST and features an 850MHz processor, 15 inch display, 64-bit PCI audio and integrated networking capabilities as well as pre-installed biometrics software.

According to IDC market analyst Bernie Esner, biometrics technology provides a good insurance policy for data protection.

"An increasingly mobile workforce and the surge in notebook usage means most users regard their data as invaluable and protecting against unauthorised use is paramount," Esner said.

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