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Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Fingerprint scanners must be stand-alone: Centrelink

Centrelink has specified that fingerprint scanners it hopes to purchase should be stand-alone in nature and not integrated with external devices such as a mouse or keyboard.

The federal welfare agency recently made public its plans to integrate at least 31,000 fingerprint scanners into its national support office, area support offices, call centres and customer service centres.

“Equipment with built-in scanners [has] multiple points of failure,” it added.  “And if a mechanical failure occurs, the scanner will be affected since it is not independent of the keyboard.”

The fingerprint scanners are designed to replace Centrelink’s existing single user password verification system.,2000061702,39185504,00.htm

Posted on 03/22