They're cool, they're futuristic, but can banks find a business case for biometric ATMs? While high-tech devices like Sensar's iris identification ATM and Diebold's machine that layers Visionic's and Keyware Technologies's face and voice

recognition systems have definite star quality, they don't necessarily have practical applications. "If fewer than all the ATMs get equipped with an iris scanning device, and I steal somebody's debit card, wouldn't I just go to (an ATM) that doesn't have an iris scanning device?" asks Barbara Smiley, research director at Meridien Research.

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