Hardware Obsolescence Management in the Biometrics Industry
REDUCING COSTS BY ENHANCING THE FLEXIBILITY OF BIOMETRIC SOLUTIONS
“Hardware obsolescence” is a term used to describe the eventual unavailability of hardware product models resulting from the introduction of new products of the same purpose. It is typically brought about either by technology improvements or new functionality and performance requirements of the marketplace. In complex systems, hardware obsolescence can add substantially to the overall cost of device support and maintenance over its lifetime. Costs associated with hardware obsolescence are unpredictable; they are difficult to measure, quantify, and budget for. This paper addresses hardware obsolescence in the biometrics industry, and offers solutions that can help mitigate these costs and uncertainties.