BLUE BELL, Pa. – October 14, 2010 – A recent online poll by Unisys Corporation (NYSE:
UIS) reveals that consumers trust fingerprint biometrics over photo identification, PIN numbers
or handwritten signatures to verify their identities when using a credit card or requesting
personal information. The results indicate increasing consumer acceptance of biometric
technologies to secure financial transactions and combat identity fraud.
Responding to the question, “Which do you believe is the safest method to prove your credit
card is being used by you?” the online poll found that 63 percent of more than 300 respondents
preferred fingerprints as the best method for identity verification and authentication as
compared to photo identification (20 percent), PIN numbers (13 percent) and handwritten
signatures (six percent).
“As we move to an increasingly digital era, traditional methods of identity verification
will no longer be sufficient,” said Bryan Ichikawa, vice president of identity solutions,
Unisys. “As our poll shows, biometric identification is a valid and preferred method of
identity authentication which could prove valuable in a variety of fields even beyond banking
such as in healthcare and transportation security."
These findings, that show a growing comfort level among respondents with biometric security,
complement results of the April 2010 Unisys
Security Index which revealed similar findings in most countries surveyed. For example, the
Unisys Security Index found that 93 percent of Americans are willing to supply a biometric to
increase physical safety at airports. Sixty-five percent of Americans responded they would
cooperate with full electronic body scans at the airport and 55 percent would be willing to
submit to identity checks using biometric data such as iris scans or fingerprints.
This online poll of 305 respondents was fielded between September 20 and October 4,
Unisys is a worldwide information technology company. We provide a portfolio of IT services,
software, and technology that solves critical problems for clients. We specialize in helping
clients secure their operations, increase the efficiency and utilization of their data centers,
enhance support to their end users and constituents, and modernize their enterprise
applications. To provide these services and solutions, we bring together offerings and
capabilities in outsourcing services, systems integration and consulting services,
infrastructure services, maintenance services, and high-end server technology. With
approximately 23,000 employees, Unisys serves commercial organizations and government
agencies throughout the world. For more information, visit www.unisys.com.
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