Security at Your Fingertips

Friday, 13 September 2002, 3:01 PM EST

Biometric technology has become increasingly important since September 11. While not new, the idea of biometrics has been pushed to the forefront since last year's attacks. Biometrics offers accountability on the job. It also increases security by using unique, personal identifiers such as your fingerprints, hand, or iris.

At the Office of the Legislative Counsel in the House of Representatives, workers now need more than a password to log onto their machines. They also use iris-scanning technology.

At San Francisco International Airport, workers have been using hand scanners since 1992. Now they'll also encounter a LiveScan fingerprint machine at least once during their employment at SFO.

"Following 9/11 we had new security requirements to do more background checks on more employees," airport spokesman Mike McCarron told TechTV.

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