It doesn't take a palm reader to figure out the future of one of Fujitsu Ltd.'s latest security products. The Tokyo company said on Tuesday it will expand sales of its palm-vein biometric security system outside Japan before the end of this year. The system, which relies on the pattern of veins inside a person's hand to verify identity, has been available in Japan since the middle of last year and is already in use in some high-profile applications.
The use of new wireless technologies is helping manufacturing companies do things they never could before. Large manufacturing facilities are using IT and shop floor integration to access valuable, real-time data on work processes. As Phil Hochmuth writes, companies such as GM have effectively deployed sensor networks that monitor processes and wirelessly transmit crucial data to technicians
There's something in the air these days at distribution centers everywhere. From the farmer's field to the warehouse floor, wireless technologies are transforming the way businesses manage inventory. Clipboards and manual data entry are going the way of the adding machine.