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Chengwei Lee
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Hi Chris & Ramesh,

Haven't really gotten the time to really read the book yet, its still on my desk since I bought it 2 weeks ago. But did a scan and saw something on biometrics.

Are there currently any hardware and Java APIs out there that are open-source and worth taking a look?

Cheers!


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Ramesh Nagappan
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The book has a dedicated chapter on using Smart cards and Biometrics for personal identification and authentication. The chapter illustrates the enabling technologies, architecture, API implementation strategies, operationalmodel, best practices and pitfalls associated with these technologies.

Most APIs are available as free to use (Java Card API, BioAPI, JavaCard BioAPI).

Check out Chapter 15.

Goodluck
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Ramesh Nagappan CISSP<br />Co-Author of "Core Security Patterns"<br />nramesh@post.harvard.edu<br /><a href="http://www.coresecuritypatterns.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">www.coresecuritypatterns.com</a>
Chengwei Lee
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Thanks. What about the hardware? There's this M$ USB finger-print product on the market, will it work with Java APIs? Any recommendations of such hardware to play around with?
Ulf Dittmer
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The book promotion ended on Friday, so the authors are most likely not listening any more.
Chengwei Lee
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It doesn't matter, I mean, anyone who has any experiences with it & is willing to recommend a hardware that would work is more than welcome.

Would love to try logging into JavaRanch with just scanning of my fingerprint, that way I won't have to remember so many passwords, and I won't have to save cookies.
Ulf Dittmer
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Would love to try logging into JavaRanch with just scanning of my fingerprint, ..., and I won't have to save cookies.

That's an interesting tradeoff. Why would you rather use your fingerprint (which identifies you personally) than a cookie (which lets you remain anonymous)?
Chengwei Lee
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For convenience? I mean if I don't use the remember me feature, I would have to enter my user ID and password each time to log in, and with many forums, I'd have to remember different sets of IDs and passwords, so with fingerprint, I can save myself some trouble?
Chengwei Lee
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Have anyone managed to try out the biometrics authentication as describled in Ramesh's article and have it working?
 
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