High-Tech Spy Tools Aren't Just for James Bond We see high-tech spy tools all the time in the movies, but how much of it is real? Turns out, more than you might think. Identification tools — known as biometrics — have gone far beyond fingerprints to include everything from facial recognition to DNA scans.
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High-Tech Spy Tools Aren't Just for James Bond

High-Tech Spy Tools Aren't Just for James Bond

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We see high-tech spy tools all the time in the movies, but how much of it is real? Turns out, more than you might think. Identification tools — known as biometrics — have gone far beyond fingerprints to include everything from facial recognition to DNA scans.

Walter Hamilton, director of the International Biometric Industry Association

Eliza Du, assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Indiana University

William Vickers deputy director of the Biometrics Task Force, Department of Defense