[LINK] SMH Blurb tries to help ailing biometrics industry - 1

Harry harrymc at decisions-and-designs.com.au
Wed Feb 20 13:40:08 EST 2008

Roger Clarke wrote:

> Born-again biometrics
> February 19, 2008
> Next
> The Sydney Morning Herald
> http://www.smh.com.au/news/technology/bornagain-biometrics/2008/02/18/1203190738826.html?page=fullpage#contentSwap1


> Jack Gijrath, Singapore-based director of business development for
> Philips security spin-off NXP, believes the Australian Government's
> cancellation of the access card is more a political issue than a body
> blow against biometrics.

".. security spin-off .." ?

Philips separated it's semiconductor division and named it NXP. If it has a
section focussing on biometric sensors it is only a small part of that business.


Biometric semiconductor sensing isn't obvious in their product list (under
Identification or Sensors) but it is likely they would have products like
fingerprint sensors. Video and media processing semiconductors have a
significant consumer market in Philips products and others. Philips retained
the medical imaging systems business and hold a share of that market in
Australia. These systems might already have application in "biometric" image
analysis and identification.

The NXP Identification products *do* include smart card and RFID systems that
could be used in conjunction with biometric ID of existing card holders so
they (or another Philips subsidiary) would be a tenderer for ID systems of
this type.

I suspect they would have tendered for the not-an-ID-card and would be happy
to see it reconsidered in some form (20 million units plus on-going
replacements plus readers and backroom infrastructure); irrespective of
biometric magic.

Looks like the non-attributed journalist has cut and pasted its own
"PR spin-off".


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