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Many in the biometrics industry will argue that Printrak and Identix are not true competitors.

Printrak is mainly focused on government level projects with each project generating large revenue. Its technology is often composed of software, hardware, and a hefty database.

Identix on the other hand used to be focused on government level projects until it realized that the general consumer market (that is, the much larger market opportunity) is ready to open up. To make the transition, they acquired Identicator last year, which gave them instant partnership to Compaq. Their latest greatest product offering is the next generation of Identicator's fingerprint technology developed in partnership with Motorola. If it weren't for Identicator, I'm not sure if Identix would be fading away by now.

One thing to note when researching biometric companies is whether their technology has evolved. There are many small private companies coming out with newer and better stuff every few months because competition for the consumer market is growing very fast. Many of the government focused companies will not be able to compete effectively in this market sector because their products don't meet the consumer price points. Also, government level devices are often mammoth sizes, which is ineffective for consumer market that wants to apply them to just about anything and everything that has a password or PIN.

hope this helps.
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