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>>>                  February 03, 1997, Issue: 939
>>>                  Section: News
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>>>                  Biometry: human-tracking system goes global
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>>>                  By Larry Lange
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>>>                  Stanford, Calif. - Biometric identification using such
>>>                  technologies as fingerprint and retinal scanning is well
>>>                  under way worldwide. After debuting in Australia in 1987,
>>>                  national computerized fingerprint systems exist in
>>>                  several countries. The Japanese telco giant NTT is
>>>                  developing a fingerprint-recognition method, and the U.S.
>>>                  Department of Energy's Sandia National Laboratories is
>>>                  assessing equipment from several vendors in the retinal
>>>                  scanning industry, including EyeDentify (Baton Rouge,
>>>                  La.) and Recognition Systems Inc. (Campbell, Calif.)
>>> 
>>>                  Transponder technology is routinely implanted in animals:
>>>                  the pet market most predominantly, at 3 million ID chips
>>>                  and counting. LifeChip, produced by the Destron Fearing
>>>                  Corp. (St. Paul, Minn.), and the Trovan electronic
>>>                  identification tag, from Electronic Identification
>>>                  Devices Ltd. (Santa Barbara, Calif.), offer a chip etched
>>>                  with a 10- or 64-bit ID code. Available for $10 at local
>>>                  animal shelters, the chips are small enough to inject
>>>                  with a syringe, and the ID number is read by a handheld
>>>                  scanner.
>>> 
>>>                  These implantable transponders are finding their way into
>>>                  the livestock industry as well, with tags implanted in
>>>                  pigs, sheep, cows and horses. Texas Instruments Inc. is
>>>                  also manufacturing an alternative called Tiris, a
>>>                  radio-frequency identification technology for vehicle
>>>                  identification and livestock monitoring.
>>> 
>>>                  Though the Trovan dealer's agreement prohibits placing a
>>>                  chip under human skin, there's nothing to say one can't
>>>                  be worn on a bracelet, and such devices are being
>>>                  utilized by nursing-home and prison administrators to
>>>                  track people. Even ski resorts are putting the chips
>>>                  inside lift tickets.
>>> 
>>>                  Widespread tracking of human beings is not far away. The
>>>                  Department of Defense's Advanced Research Projects Agency
>>>                  recently awarded Eagle Eye Technologies (Oak Hill, Va.) a
>>>                  contract to build a bracelet-sized mobile terminal
>>>                  designed for compatibility with existing satellite
>>>                  communication systems. The contract is overseen by the
>>>                  U.S. Army Space and Strategic Defense Command at
>>>                  Huntsville, Ala. Suggested uses, according to Eagle Eye,
>>>                  include "tracking Alzheimer's patients, children,
>>>                  executives, probationers and parolees, and military
>>>                  personnel"-a market that could conceivably encompass the
>>>                  world's entire populace in just a few decades.
>>> 
>>>                  So-called smart cards are widely catching on, too. The
>>>                  DOD's Multi Technology Automated Reader Card (MARC) looks
>>>                  to "record, revise and transfer medical-treatment data"
>>>                  and store soldiers' "readiness information," such as
>>>                  personal, legal and medical information. The MARC card
>>>                  was developed for President Clinton's abortive plan for
>>>                  universal health care.
>>> 
>>>                  France and Germany have incorporated all their
>>>                  social-services data into national ID systems: Is the
>>>                  United States, with its rich store of digital data,
>>>                  poised to follow suit?
>>> 
>>>                  Copyright  1997 CMP Media Inc.
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>                  http://www.techweb.com/se/directlink.cgi?EET19970203S0090
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