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Fingerprints to lock up laptops

DigitalPersona plans to announce on Tuesday a fingerprint scanner for laptops and handhelds that doubles as a jog dial. The desktop security company plans to sell the scanner, named the U-are-U Firefly, to laptop and personal digital assistant makers that want to allow users to protect their data with a fingerprint scan. “It is an effective use of real estate,” said Harvey Bondar, vice president of marketing for the DigitalPersona. “It is an inexpensive approach for a device manufacturer who wants to include” security using a biometric, unique signature created from physical human characteristics such as a fingerprint or a voiceprint. Fingerprint scanners typically use a flat sensor made of silicon or glass, depending on whether the device uses electrical differences or an optical image, respectively, to create a biometric. DigitalPersona specializes in using optical sensors to characterize fingerprints. Full Story

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