Sci-fi security technologies a reality

Wednesday, 9 July 2003, 2:38 PM EST

Retinal scans, DNA identification access, fingerprint smart cards and voice driven activation. Sounds like a scene from the latest Charlie's Angels, Mission Impossible or Arnold Schwarzenegger flick, not an ordinary day at the office.

As global terrorism propels domestic and corporate security into a new era, technologies once reserved for science fiction novels and hi-tech Hollywood blockbusters are becoming a reality.

Growing numbers of technology companies are devising ways to use biometrics - fingerprinting, voice recognition and DNA checks - to secure homes, businesses and cyberspace against terror attacks.

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