The housing authority is using a fingerprint-scanning USB mouse developed by BioLink and distributed by Idynta Systems Inc. Each mouse costs up to $90 each. The authority also purchased the BioLink Authenteon Server that searches and matches fingerprint submissions against a database of authorized users in the network for $15,000.
About 200 employees are using the biometric system, and that has "reduced the burden on the help desk," Land says. All 1,000 employees should have access to the biometric system by next summer. Currently, the authority's IT team is developing a way to use the fingerprint technology to grant application access based on individual roles and employment status within the organization. Land says, "My goal is to have that available in 90 days."