Biometric sensors beaten senseless in tests

Thursday, 23 May 2002, 12:38 PM EST

Have biometric systems developed to the point where they could be a viable alternative to passwords and PINs?

The answer is a resounding "nein", according to comprehensive tests of 11 consumer-orientated biometric products by German technology magazine c't.

The results are timely - the biometric security (which includes enterprise products outside the scope of the test) market will be worth more than E500 million euro this year, according to industry estimates.

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