Friday, September 10, 2010

Defense Department Use of Biometrics

Our Defense Department has been using biometrics technology in the war zones of Iraq and Afghanistan for several years.  Fingerprints, iris scans, and other scanned features have been very helpful in the intelligence field.
"They help combat troops tell friends from foes and identify potential terrorists before it's too late. They also provide a foolproof way to put names and faces to insurgent activities and to identify released detainees who have returned to terrorist activity."
Now the Defense Department is expanding its use of biometrics into the workplace as well.  A recent online article provides information on this expansion. 
"Biometrics also is widely employed beyond the combat zone to control access to military facilities worldwide. For example, every military member, family member and Defense Department civilian employee has a common access identification card that's embedded with their fingerprints.

But other biometric technologies are in wide use throughout the military. At Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., for example, the Air Force uses a device that "reads" hand prints to clear veterans receiving treatment at the Veterans Affairs clinic for access to the base hospital. At Fort Belvoir, Va., the Army uses iris scanning technology to provide keyless entry to sensitive areas. And the Navy regularly uses biometrics equipment to confirm identifies as they board foreign vessels."
Read the rest of the article in  "Biometrics Shows Increasing Promise On, Off Battlefield", American Forces Press Service, August 20, 2010.

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