Will All Wireless PDAs Have Biometric Scanners One Day? They Better

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With the proliferation of wireless PDAs comes remote access to critical data like email, sales reports, contact databases the list goes on. While many PDAs offer basic security options, most users don t enable these features; forget about taking any further action to secure their data. This is all going to change soon if companies like AuthenTec can help educate consumers and businesses alike about the need to secure critical data.

In the PDA world, HP was the first to go the biometric route with their high-end iPAQ line. The first 5000 series PDA incorporated wireless and HP thought it smart to offer additional security via biometric fingerprint scanner. If you ve not seen these yet, the scanner usually looks like a thin shinny piece of metal that users simply run their fingers over to unlock the device. The software requires the user to first train the unit so it can properly recognize the owners fingers. The technology is starting to find its way into some notebooks and Tablet PCs as well.

AuthenTec s AFS8600 Module

This is a brief glimpse at what s to come. In AuthenTec s case, they ve just pushed over the 2 million mark of units shipped. If you want to know how fast the market is growing, it took four and a half years for them to sell the first million and from July 03 to last week to sell the second million.

AuthenTec has aggressively pursued its leadership position by creating the best technology and the broadest range of fingerprint-enabled sensors available for the global marketplace, said Scott Moody, president and CEO of AuthenTec. By delivering viable products to our customers, the core ROI benefits of our technology enhanced security, user convenience, and increased productivity are being realized today in numerous end-market applications such as banking, consumer, healthcare, education, and government.

The bottom line is that most of us don t care so much about the loss or theft of the notebook, PDA or mobile phone, it s the data within that holds the most value. Biometric scanners are by no means perfect or infallible. They are however relatively low cost and protect against the routine thief who is responsible for most crime anyway. Biometric scanners will continue to proliferate throughout mobile technology and not a minute too soon. Consumers and businesses want (actually, need) this level of protection whether they are aware of it or not. At this rate I suspect AuthenTec to hit 3 million before the year is out.

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