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When it comes to real security, the eyes have it

The eyes may have it. Or the fingerprints.
Those reliable distinctions among people are being used in sophisticated marketplaces to protect sensitive information from intruders, and the equipment needed to do so is now available in Harrison County.
Bob Walsh of Elizabeth, speaking for Bio Touch Security Systems at the commissioners’ Monday night meeting, brought those representatives up to date on the latest security measures. Through fingerprint or iris identification, the systems grant access only to valid users. They are reliable and simple to use, work quickly and increase security levels.
These high-tech biometric security systems are used instead of keys that can be lost or stolen passwords that can easily be forgotten, Walsh said.
Especially since 9/11, Walsh said two major problems relating to security are identification methods that separate ‘the good guys who can come in from the bad guys who need to be kept out,’ and finding a convenient, quick method of doing so.
‘Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in America,’ Walsh told the commissioners. But no one can steal a fingerprint or the iris to falsify identification.
Biometrics can complement existing internal security systems combined with traditional authentication tools, like smart cards and digital certificates, Walsh said.
The business foursome, besides Walsh, includes friends Tom Fitzgerald, Dr. Steve Stemm and Keith Sallee, all of Elizabeth. After joining in the business venture, the men have attended biometrics conferences, most recently in New York City, to expand their knowledge.
‘We would be available to demonstrate any of these systems and answer any questions,’ Walsh told the commissioners.
Commission chair J.R. Eckart said courthouse offices that are responsible for sensitive data might well benefit from such technology.
In other matters Monday night, the commissioners signed grant applications on behalf of Blue River Services in Palmyra and River Hills for LifeSpring mental health services in Corydon for renovations at both sites and a third grant for the Juvenile Diversion Program in Harrison Circuit Court to underwrite the program for another term.

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