It is no secret that the biometric industry has ridden on the security wave post Nov 11. Post Nov 11, the US government laid down several policies for the purpose of homeland security, the FIPS 201 standards for personal verification is just one of them. Biometric fingerprint reader devices, like Futronic FS88 Fingerprint Scanner, have to be FIPS 201 consistent. The standard was laid down by NIST in response to HS Presidential Directive 12 that is discussed later in this article.
The key drivers of biometric security
The Home Security Presidential Directive 12 (2004) and the Prum Decision (2005) are the key drivers when it comes to the explaining the growth of the $10 Billion dollar, Biometric industry. The HS Presidential Directive 12 laid down the guidelines for protecting federal property and network resources. It mandated the standardization of federal employee identification system, protection of federal installations and resources, and setting up of training and research institutions for home land security. The objective of this directive was to prevent any repeat of the 9/11 accident.
The European Union got together and passed the Prum Decision a year following the HS12 directive. The original signatories included Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Netherlands and Spain. The treaty was signed in a small town in Germany, Prum. The Prum treaty laid down rules for sharing of data, including DNA and fingerprint data collected with the help of a Fingerprint Reader.
Following these directives, investment in the moribund biometric industry picked up considerably. The industry grew by doggedly pursuing quality. Government intervention also helped. The turnaround came when private players jumped in the fray, demanding biometric security enabled appliances at their place of business. Fingerprint readers such as Futronic FS88 Fingerprint Scanner and Futronic FS80 Futronic FS80 are ideal biometric security devices.
The biometrics industry is tailor made for the security business. Biometrics uses immutable characteristics like fingerprints, iris patterns, voice data, and gait for identification purposes. The Futronic FS88 Fingerprint Scanner can be used to record fingerprint data which can then be used for identifying an individual. Biometric technology can be used in hospitals, dispensaries, hotels, restaurants, construction sites to provide access control and employee time clock.