A couple weeks ago I embarked on a slight change of direction for my life in high tech...I started to work on biometrics. I had done some work for a company last year which has a fingerprint reader, and was setting up a reference board for them. But due to some problems in the hardware not matching the reference board, the hardware needed to go back for redesign.
A couple weeks ago I joined a company that is one of the larger in biometrics, primarily in fingerprint readers and iris scanners. The products spread a wide array of sectors which includes Government, Military, Law Enforcement and even Private sector. I found it fascinating that one of our devices was used to identify Bin Laden when the Military brought him in, deader than alive. As it turns out, you can take biometrics on a person after they have died for a given amount of time but things like iris scanning are more limited. Bin Laden had been jailed in Saudi Arabia in the past, so they had his fingerprints to compare to. We have a device that the Military uses in the field that can do iris scanning, fingerprint scanning, photos. Initially these were separate devices in a backpack or brief case, but a newer device was created that incorporated all 3 of these tasks into a single device.
It's exciting to be working on technology that interests me once again, and hope this will work out for me over the long haul.