In his keynote address to the Biometrics Consortium in Tampa, Fla., John Mears, director of biometrics and identity management solutions at Lockheed Martin, acknowledged the well understood but infrequently tackled hurdle that faces the biometrics industry: poor public perception.
Mears admitted that the industry has an uphill battle and gave a call to arms to the biometric professionals in the room to work towards educating the public on what the technology is really about and the promise it holds, according to a Network World article.
Mears pushed the need for education citing a more specific example of how the wrong impression of biometrics is creating new road blocks for the technology to succeed. State-level legislation is blocking the use or operation of biometric technology that has come up in New Hampshire, Texas, California and Alaska.
Despite the public worry over biometric systems, many professions such as IT managers, are keen to keep pushing for the technology as in such cases costs are dropped, processes are streamlined and security is improved all at once.
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