Congress takes a first leap into biometrics

Congress takes a first leap into biometrics

An office within the House of Representatives has become the first congressional office to use biometric access technology.

After recently completing a four-month pilot, the House Office of the Legislative Counsel this week began using iris recognition technology for network access.

The office bought 54 licenses for SAF2000 biometric software from Saflink Corp. of Belleview, Wash., and 108 Panasonic Authenticam iris recognition cameras for notebook and desktop PCs. OLC conducted an 'exhaustive operational testing period' before making the buy in early April, said office administrator Lynne Richardson.

The deal, worth $36,000, includes hardware and software.

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