LATEST HARRIS POLL FINDS OVERWHELMING MAJORITY, 86%, IN FAVOUR OF FACE RECOGNITION TECHNOLOGY TO SCAN FOR SUSPECTED TERRORISTS Tuesday 16 October 2001 PDF Print JERSEY CITY, NEW JERSEY - October 12, 2001 - According to a Harris Poll conducted in the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks, the majority of the American public favours the use of facial recognition technology to scan for suspected terrorists. Observes Dr. Joseph Atick, chairman and chief executive of Visionics Corp, (Nasdaq: VSNX), “These findings underscore the public’s awareness that face recognition technology can be used to increase security without infringing on the civil liberties of the honest majority - no match, no memory. It’s time to make sure that airports and public spaces are not safe havens for terrorists and criminals. The good news is that the scalable technology exists today to deliver this capability. For years, we have scanned for the weapons and explosives that terrorists use. Now, we can scan directly for the faces of known terrorists themselves.” The Harris Poll of 1,012 adults was conducted during the week of September 19-24. It found 86% in favour of the use of facial recognition technology to scan for suspected and known terrorists. The results of the poll were reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer on October 11 and can be accessed at http://inq.philly.com/content/inquirer/2001/10/11/art/PRIVAC... Facial recognition technology locates faces in standard video and searches them against a designated watch list of known criminals or terrorists. If a match exists, an alarm will sound, alerting the authorities to investigate further. Non-matches are immediately discarded from the system. Visionics’ facial recognition technology, known as FaceIt® has already been deployed in municipalities and airports, the most prominent being Tampa, Florida in the U.S., Birmingham and the London Borough of Newham in the U.K., as well as Iceland Airport. Visionics has been vigilant in ensuring that all deployments comply with industry established privacy guidelines as described above. In addition to the no-match/no-memory functionality, public signage and technical safeguards to ensure database integrity have been implemented. The Company continues to work with legislators, industry and public interest groups to ensure that these guidelines are translated into public policy. About Visionics Corporation Visionics Corporation (Nasdaq:VSNX) is the worldwide leader in identification technologies and systems. The Company is uniquely positioned with a comprehensive set of biometric identification product offerings: FaceIt®, live scan, IBIS and BNP. The award-winning core FaceIt® technology enables a broad range of products and applications built by partners (OEMs, VARs and system integrators). These include enhanced CCTV systems, identity fraud applications and identity verification systems for physical and network security, travel and banking. The TENPRINTER and FingerPrinter CMS live scan systems are the most widely used by government agencies, law enforcement, airports, banks and other commercial institutions in the US. IBIS is a revolutionary mobile identification system capable of capturing both forensic quality fingerprints and photographs for transmission and wireless transmitting the data to law enforcement and other legacy databases for real-time identification. Finally, the BNP is the only commercially available platform for delivering scalable biometric solutions. It incorporates FaceIt® technology for implementation over large-scale networks and real-time identification. The product offerings are reflective of Visionics’ leadership position in the biometric industry and commitment to the innovation of identification technologies. More information on facial recognition and Visionics Corporation can be accessed via the Company web site at http://www.visionics.com/ or by calling Frances Zelazny, Director of Corporate Communications at +1 201-332-9213. Alternatively call Bluegrass, Visionics European PR Consultants: Nick Barrance Account Manager Bluegrass Communications Tel: +44 (0)1264 323141 Fax: +44 (0)1264 323251 This news release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those projected on the basis of such forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are made based on management's beliefs, as well as assumptions made by, and information currently available to, management pursuant to the “safe-harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. For a more complete description of these and other risk factors which may affect the future performance of Visionics Corporation, see “Risk Factors” in Digital Biometrics’ Annual Report on Form 10-K for the period ended September 30, 2000 and its quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the period ended June 30, 2001, Form 8-K dated February 15, 2001 and the related Form 8-K/A, all of which have been filed with the SEC. This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of Bluegrass Marketing Communications in the following categories: Consumer Technology, Personal Finance, Business & Finance, Computing & Telecoms, for more information visit https://pressreleasewire.responsesource.com/about.