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From: Biometric Weekly <[email protected]>
Subject: IP: Biometric Weekly: 10-19-98
Date: Tue, 20 Oct 1998 08:48:10 -0600
To: [email protected]

10-19-98

Welcome to "Biometric Weekly " - a weekly e-mail report on biometric
identification news - a service of the Biometric Digest.  "Biometric
Weekly" is distributed free of charge on Monday of each week.

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Mentis Corp., a market research firm in Durham, N.C., says the biometric
market will total $100 million this year, a tiny fraction of the $100
billion spent on private security in the U.S. Yet Mentis predicts the
market will grow at a brisk 27% to 35% through 2000 as
pattern-recognition software improves, computers become better able to
handle the power-hungry biometric applications and prices fall.

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Sonoma Resource Corp. has an agreement to acquire 45% of Biometric
identification Inc. . BII is an innovator in creating and applying
fingerprint authorization and verification technology.

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Biometric Identification Inc. Chief Executive Officer Bob Kamm announced
his firm is collaborating with Key Source International to integrate Bio
ID silicon sensor fingerprint verification technology into Key Source
computer keyboards.

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Biometric Identification Inc. announced the development and introduction
of prototypes for the first complete Biometric Fingerprint
Identification System that utilizes silicon sensor verification
technology.

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SAFLINK Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of The National Registry
Inc. announced that it has licensed speech recognition and speaker
verification software technologies from Lernout & Hauspie Speech
Products N.V.

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BERGDATA AG releases its new Fingerprint Software Developer's Kit .
Using this tool interested companies are able to develop and market
their own fingerprint based security applications.

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Identix Inc. (ASE:IDX), a provider of live-scan and biometric
verification systems, announced the State of Wisconsin has chosen
Tacoma, Wash.-based
Sagem Morpho Inc. (Morpho), a subsidiary of Paris-based SAGEM SA, to
provide Identix TouchPrint 600(TM) live-scan systems and TouchPrint 602
card-scan systems for use by Wisconsin law enforcement agencies.

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Philips Flat Display Systems (FDS), a division of Royal Philips
Electronics of the Netherlands, and Who? Vision Systems, Inc., a
developer of fingerprint biometric technologies and products, announced
they have partnered to develop and market a new line of flat fingerprint
sensors for an array of portable computing and consumer electronics
products.

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T-NETIX, Inc. (Nasdaq: TNTX), a provider of specialized call processing
and fraud control software technologies, announced today it was awarded
a three-year contract, with an option for two additional years, for the
installation of its new Inmate Calling System to Bell Atlantic and AT&T
for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

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Speech recognition took a small step forward last week when four
companies announced that they had formed a V-Commerce Alliance to
promote the technology for electronic commerce. Details of these four
companies will appear in the next printed edition of the "Biometric
Digest."

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-Sylvan/Identix Fingerprinting Centers, a joint venture of Sylvan
Learning Systems Inc. (SLVN) and Identix Inc. (IDX), received a contract
from UAL Corp.'s (U) United Airlines unit to provide fingerprinting
services. Sylvan/Identix said United will use Identix's TouchPrint 600
live-scan units in screening applicants to meet U.S. Postal Service
requirements for background checks on employees who handle mail.

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Printrak International Inc. (AFIS) received a contract valued at more
than $45 million to provide automated fingerprint technology to the
government of Argentina. The company said it expects to have the system
up and running in less than a year. Printrak will work with prime
contractor Siemens Nixdorf GmbH, a unit of Siemens AG, to fulfill the
contract

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Identix Inc. said it has won a contract for over $1.2 million to supply
fingerprint identification equipment to the Internal Revenue Service.
ANADAC Inc., a subsidiary of Identix, will supply the IRS with the
TouchPrint 600 system which scans fingerprints automatically. The
systems are being installed at IRS service centers throughout the nation
to automate the fingerprinting process which is a major part of all IRS
employee background checks.

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