Comdex: Panel predicts biometrics shakeout

Wednesday, 20 November 2002, 4:31 PM EST

The United States government is lagging behind those of other nations in the adoption of biometric technology, participants said during a panel discussion on the topic here Tuesday. They also predicted profound changes in the biometrics industry in the coming years, as hundreds of small companies consolidate into a dozen or so large vendors.

The discussion was part of the U.K. Day press conference and highlighted technologies developed or nurtured in the United Kingdom.

Representatives from the British government shared the stage with biometric technology specialists and industry watchers including Dr. John Daugman of the University of Cambridge, Stewart Mann, chief executive officer of EyeTicket Corp. of McLean, Virginia, and Brian Ruttenbur, a biometrics industry research analyst at investment company Morgan Keegan & Company Inc., in Memphis, Tennessee.

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