August 27, 2012 |
Airlines are not the only businesses making piles of dough on extra fees. The nation's hotel industry is expected to collect $1.95 billion this year from such things as Internet fees, telephone surcharges, business center fees and resort fees, according to a study by New York University professor Bjorn Hanson. That revenue represents a 5% increase from last year, when hotels amassed $1.85 billion, said Hanson, a hospitality expert who attributed the 2012 rise to improved hotel occupancy rates and higher charges for many of the same services.
October 4, 2006 |
Northrop Grumman Corp., the second-largest supplier of computer systems to the federal government, won a contract valued at as much as $750 million to provide biometric identification services to the Department of Homeland Security's immigration agency. Century City-based Northrop has worked with the agency since 1999 installing biometric capture devices that allow it to scan and record fingerprints of those applying for U.S. citizenship and green card renewals.
November 25, 2002 |
You might not peg La Playa Market, a cramped Inglewood bodega with a single checkout lane, as an early adopter of technology. But the store was among the first in the nation to install a groundbreaking and controversial personal-identification system that uses unique physical characteristics such as an individual's fingerprint to identify customers and crack down on check-cashing fraud.
May 3, 2000 |
Microsoft Corp. said it plans to adopt biometric technology in its Windows software that will allow computer users to sign on using their fingerprints or other physical characteristics. The software giant said it has acquired biometric authentication technology from I/O Software Inc. in a major endorsement of this increasingly popular form of security that many consider more secure and convenient than passwords.
September 2, 2005 |
The U.S. government said Thursday that it would proceed with plans to require travelers from Canada, Mexico and other allied nations to show a passport or other secure document to enter the country. The departments of State and Homeland Security said they expected to officially adopt the policy -- which has drawn complaints from travelers, the affected nations and even President Bush -- by the end of the year.
August 7, 1988 |
Just as the outlaws of the Old West spurred security companies to design better vaults, modern-day electronic bandits are inspiring the development of advanced computer security gadgetry. The most sophisticated new equipment includes biometric machinery--products that verify the identity of would-be computer users by analyzing their unique physical characteristics. Among the offerings is an eye-scanning device that detects the unique blood vessel patterns in the retina, a sort of "eye signature."