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Alliance formed to push biometrics

A number of commercial and government bodies have banded together to promote the development of biometrics, the technology of measuring human features for security and other purposes. According to a statement from Hitachi, one of the members of the newly formed Biometrics Security Consortium (BSC), there was a need for common goals and standards in order to help the market for biometric products grow.

Biometric security such as facial recognition systems is become more commonplace in public areas, and bodies such as the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) have recommended the adoption of biometric identification in passports by 2004, the statement said. The consortium, comprised of 39 commercial and government members, will aim to promote biometrics in new markets such as in health care and ubiquitous computing.

Read the full story at CNETAsia. CNETAsia staff reported from Singapore.