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By Lou Ann Hodges Steve Perna at 10:00 AM PDT, Tue Sep 2, 2014

Biometrics—including fingerprint, face, iris, and voice—is a highly accurate and reliable method of identity authentication. Its use is becoming mainstream with personal applications such as smartphone access. When it comes to physical security, however, some people think that biometrics should be reserved for limited access facilities such as government buildings, data centers, or research labs. Others may dismiss biometrics as too costly or cumbersome.

Businesses are beginning to realize how they can benefit from biometric technologies. The decision to adopt biometrics for security should be...

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