State of the biometrics industry

Vendors weigh in on trends, technology affecting the market

Another company showcasing some unique biometric devices at the show includes Schlage and its Hand Geometry HandKey product, which measure the size and shape of a users hand in conjunction with a PIN number or access card.

Vijay Kumar, senior product manager for Schlage, said that from what he's seen, the biometrics market is growing pretty rapidly.

Several keys to the growth of the market, according to company spokesman Tom Brigham, include customers seeing a return-on-investment for biometric readers, as well as a reduction in many common misconceptions about the products.

"The technology has to fit the application, not the application fit the technology," Brigham said.