And that means they're an ideal way to keep troublemakers out of vulnerable IT systems loaded with sensitive information. If you're using SAP R/3 4.x or mySAP Business Suite enterprise resource planning software, bioLock from realtime North America Inc. will protect your systems by using biometric technology based on the uniqueness of the fingerprint to identify users, control their access, and log their activities within your system.
Practically a member of the SAP family, bioLock was developed by realtime's German parent company, realtime AG, which was founded in 1986 by former SAP employees. They've made sure that their software installs easily and runs without interfering with SAP.
But it does more than that: It enables an enterprise to implement a single sign-on to multiple systems. After entering a legitimate ID, users just type or click the system they want to access and then put a finger on the keyboard fingerprint sensor. If—and only if—their fingerprints are on file for that system, they're in.
Thomas Neudenberger, realtime North America's CEO, suggests that bioLock will make passwords a thing of the past. "Passwords are highly insecure, extremely inconvenient, and expensive to administer," he says. "Our mission is to close this generally accepted gap with modern, innovative technology."
In a post 9/11 world troubled by terrorists, identity theft, hacking by disgruntled employees, and a serious lot of regulation and litigation, that seems like a pretty good idea.