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Fingerprint Scanner Can Capture Prints From 20 Feet Away. Ominous?

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posted on Jul, 6 2012 @ 11:43 AM

Gaining access to your gym or office building could soon be as simple as waving a hand at the front door. A Hunsville, Ala.-based company called IDair is developing a system that can scan and identify a fingerprint from nearly 20 feet away. Coupled with other biometrics, it could soon allow security systems to grant or deny access from a distance, without requiring users to stop and scan a fingerprint, swipe an ID card, or otherwise lose a moment dealing with technology.

Currently IDair’s primary customer is the military, but the startup wants to open up commercially to any business or enterprise that wants to put a layer of security between its facilities and the larger world. A gym chain is already beta testing the system (no more using your roommate’s gym ID to get in a free workout), and IDair’s founder says that at some point his technology could enable purchases to be made biometrically, using fingerprints and irises as unique identifiers rather than credit card numbers and data embedded in magnetic strips or RFID chips.

Nice for security, bad for privacy.

As usual the privacy issue will be ignored. If you are seen wearing any kind of gloves that will set off a red flag that you are trying to avoid surveillance.

posted on Jul, 6 2012 @ 11:56 AM
Gloves are not the only way to defeat this surveillance. That being said, how much more will we tolerate?

posted on Jul, 6 2012 @ 12:42 PM
They cannot read your finger prints from 20 feet away.

God this story is geting crazy..

Touchless tech means they can read your braiinnss now..

Look for the original article.. I plead..

just also, just for giggles, think.. how friggen stupid it is to think they can read your fingerprints without you knowing.. I mean you fingers are everywhere rite? God damn it theyre on your hands, and you keep them to yourselves, if youre nice.

Sheesh, this makes a sad mainidh to think so many people are this gullible..

posted on Jul, 6 2012 @ 01:13 PM
The thing about fingerprinting is, if they want your prints, they will find them. You think they cant get them off of your car? Or your front door? Or any of the thousands of things you touch each day?

posted on Jul, 6 2012 @ 02:42 PM
See IDair website

They can now do 2 meters and are refining the technology for greater distance.

News and Articles

This is a link to our article by INC magazine published May 3rd, 2011.

Check out our article by Technology Review at:

We also have an article in Engadget:

These could REAL TIME TRACK your movement with readers placed before doors, elevators, vending machines, most anywhere. If a laser on a satellite can bounce off the surface of the earth and measure differences of a fraction of an inch, what's so hard about this.

posted on Jul, 6 2012 @ 04:18 PM
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