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SACU implements fingerprint scans for log-ons
SAN ANTONIO (8/12/11)--Employees at $2.9 billion asset SACU, San Antonio, can log on to their workstations with one touch of a finger, using biometrics authentication through DigitalPersona’s readers and software. SACU purchased a combination of DigitalPersona U.are.U readers and keyboards, and also has laptops with built-in fingerprint readers. SACU’s implementation team conducted a pilot program, recruiting and training representatives from each department within the credit union as “biometrics subject matter experts (SMEs). The department SMEs set up their team members’ finger scans and taught them how to use the readers. The team also staggered the installation of the readers and implementation of the program in the departments during 60 days. “The return on the investment can be measured in a number of ways, including the immediate benefits of increased security and time savings,” said Bob Dimas, SACU’s biometrics project sponsor. “Over the long term, time savings can be translated into dollars through the efficiency of service and lessened manpower to provide password resets, but it is hard to assign a dollar value for increased security. We just know it is good for our cooperative and for our members.”


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