Category Archives: Public sector purchases

New biometric device saves faces

Biometrics keep advancing, in support of security and user authentication applications.  There are continuing concerns about accessibility because many of these technologies use characteristics that some folks lack, such as fingers and retinas.  But pretty much everyone has a face, … Continue reading

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Mulch the vote

As Florida’s election officials move to paper-based optical scanning, what to do about the 29,000 touchscreen machines they have? Well, they’re going to be marketed to other jurisdictions (!) or “de-manufactured”, AKA “taken apart and sold for components and scrap.” … Continue reading

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Toilets unlock wirelessly; paperwork still required

Some Finnish public johns can now be opened by texting them a message.  Easier for some of us than depositing coins; perfectly symbiotic with pay-by-wireless soda machines. Coming soon to a loo near you? SMS opens public toilets in Finland … Continue reading

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LG’s Prada phone “boasts” touchscreen interface

Just great. Apple releases its touchscreen-only phone and starts a fashion orgy of inaccessibility. Ever try using a touchscreen interface in the dark? Is that where they keep the designers? If there are no keys, there’s nothing to feel for, … Continue reading

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New York City’s 911 will receive video

Deaf citizens have been asking for text and video access to E911 for years. Slowly, painfully, community 911 call centers have added support for TTYs. Now New York, New York — the town so hard of hearing you have to … Continue reading

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Cell-fulfilling prophecy?

Ah, Bay Area politics. Apparently an incumbent member of the local BART (subway) board got a photo opportunity showing how a cell phone could be used to pay for subway fares, even though he was actually using an existing SmartCard … Continue reading

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