[ubuntu-za] Thumb print system

Johan johanmynhardt at gmail.com
Thu Apr 30 09:13:42 BST 2009

On 30/04/2009 09:32, Morgan Collett wrote:
> On Thu, Apr 30, 2009 at 08:27, Hannes Coetzee
> <scorpking at scorpking.za.org>  wrote:
>> Hi everyone
>> I have to setup a fingerprint clocking system that would also work out
>> wages and I'd like to use Linux for that. What options are there and
>> where can I get compatible hardware in SA?
>> Hannes
> The best biometric support in Linux is provided by fprint:
> http://www.reactivated.net/fprint/wiki/Main_Page
> There is some information on that site about supported devices -
> mainly the built in fingerprint readers in laptops, but also some
> external readers AFAIK. Most use is for authentication for PAM, for
> login/sudo etc but I'm sure you can use it for other uses.
> That said, for Time and Attendance usually a separate reader or
> network of readers are used, which do all the biometric stuff in their
> hardware/embedded system and the data can be downloaded over a serial
> link into a PC and analysed there. This is probably much more costly
> than a PC with a fingerprint reader because it is specialised, but the
> plus side is that it is industrial quality.
> Morgan

I've started Googleing and reading up about this technology after I read 
the first post and it seem that depending on the type of integration you 
need, Java seem to be a viable option. There are many different API's 
which include authentication and biometric technology, as well as 
enterprise-level integration with SJAS.
I'm still reading up on this but just thought I'd share what I collected 
so far.

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