New desktop computing products

Agencies that deal directly with citizens on corrections or social service issues, or
that prefer biometrics to passwords for network log-ins, can buy a PC fingerprint reader
from Compaq Computer Corp.


The biometric reader captures minute characteristics of a user’s fingerprint,
rather than the fingerprint image, for storage on a server running Microsoft Windows
Server 4.0, said Michael Takemura, Compaq product marketing manager.


An administrator usually has to enroll first-time users, but thereafter they can log in
without assistance, he said.


Compaq plans to release a reader for Novell NetWare servers later this year. A
Universal Serial Bus version also is on the way, Takemura said.


The company has teamed with IBM Corp., Microsoft Corp., Novell Inc. and other vendors
in a consortium to develop a standard application programming interface for biometrics, he
said.


The state of Illinois uses Compaq’s Fingerprint Identification Technology, as do
Arkansas’ prison system and Georgia’s driver license registration system,
Takemura said.


The Compaq fingerprint reader starts at $100.


Contact Compaq at 800-727-2472.


Tally Systems Corp.’s CentaMeter 2.8 monitors and reports on software usage across
an enterprise. The Lebanon, N.H., company designed the 32-bit agent software for the
Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 and NT Workstation 4.0 operating systems.


An administrator can select applications for CentaMeter 2.8 to monitor by browsing a
file system, selecting from a predefined library or using CentaMeter’s Auto-Discover
feature, which detects applications running on local hard drives or servers.


Software House International Inc. of Somerset, N.J., sells Tally products through its
General Services Administration Information Technology Schedule contract.


International Data Products Corp. of Gaithersburg, Md., and Hughes Data Systems of
Irvine, Calif., sell Tally products on their Air Force Desktop V contracts.


CentaMeter starts at $15.75 per client.


Contact Tally Systems at 603-643-1300.

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