WHILE debate rages over the ethics of biometrics at government and corporate levels, IBM has put it into the hands of end-users.
The ThinkPad X41 uses a fingerprint reader for identity verification and comes with a password manager, allowing users to replace all their passwords with fingerprint ID.
David Nicol, brand manager IBM PC division ANZ, says business customers are giving more recognition to PC security.
“There’s a growing realisation that simple passwords aren’t enough and that’s relevant for businesses of all sizes,” he says.
He adds that the majority of helpdesk calls made relate to lost passwords and believes with biometrics customers will benefit from increased security, convenience and reduced cost.
Nicol predicts the X41’s ThinkPad Power Manager, which provides extended battery life, will be a popular selling feature.
Providing almost six hours of battery life, Power Manager enables users to change and tailor settings to their requirements, as well as increase the length of the battery.
He says the new ThinkPad software, which automatically performs system checks and updates, keeps the computer at peak performance.
“It allows users to maintain the hardware themselves which is really a continuation of autonomic computing.”
ThinkPad is being sold both directly and through the channel and is priced at $3,499 excluding GST.