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Oracle laptop notebook computers with biometrics and cameras for classified remote applications

Oracle Database Tips by Donald Burleson

For remote laptop notebook computers that contain classified data (military secret data, confidential corporate data) we require remote devices that will allow mobile processing of government tasks with complete and absolute data security.  These devices must have the following characteristics:


  • Oracle Integration - The devices must have software to synchronize the remote device with the master database.  At network connection time the device must push-out all updates from the device, manage possible data collisions, and pull-in any new data in a single transaction.


  • Classified-level Security - The device must utilize Oracle secure encryption (the dbms_crypto package) to protect the data.  The device must transport the end-user directly into the APEX application upon biometric confirmation and have all other Windows functions disabled.  The device must be useless for any other purpose than using the application.

  • Standard Browser Display - The device screen must support an HTML complaint browser for APEX display.  An additional benefit of a laptop with a larger display is that the applications will not have to be redesigned to render on a small PDA screen.


  • Identity Management - The devices must support a biometric fingerprint reader as the only supported log-in interface and a built-in camera to record the face of the end-user.  One current problem with the finger scanners is that they will work with a severed finger, allowing access if the end-user is terminated.


  • Camera - The devices must have a built-in camera to allow the end-user to take photographs of the end-user and capture them into the remote Oracle database.

  • Durability - The ideal device must be able to withstand harsh treatment and be immune to corrosive salt air, extreme temperatures and extreme humidity.  The device must also be able to operate for extended periods in temperatures exceeding 95 degrees Fahrenheit.


  • Theft deterrent - The devices will contain a permanent engraved message warning potential thieves of the hazards of stealing the device.  Something like; "This is an official government device and unauthorized possession carries a mandatory prison term and a free trip to Gitmo.  This device is useless for any function other than its application."


There are a few business laptop notebooks with built-in biometrics, but there are only a few that have a built-in camera.


Current Notebook Laptop Devices


Laptops with built-in Biometric security


The Sony VAIO BX business notebook is packed with versatile features such as a biometric fingerprint reader, modular bay, and built-in camera that can video conference with an available wireless Bluetooth headset. 

Fingerprint reader

The built in biometric fingerprint reader is more than just a cool feature.  It offers a new level of data security, as well as some added convenience.  It's great for people like my dad who can't remember their password (his is on a sticky note on the screen).  Logging in to windows is now just a simple finger swipe.  Your finger is now your password.  In fact, you can associate any or all fingers with your account, just in case...


While the VAIO BX is an overall good notebook, my expectations were a little bit higher.  For a business style notebook, the VAIO BX doesn't feel as sturdy as I would have liked, although it does look rather nice all the same.  Other than this, the performance is great, and it is a pleasure to use because of the spectacular screen, full sized keyboard and dual input options.


  • Nice looking

  • One of the best notebook screens

  • Well connected

  • Fingerprint reader


  • Build Quality doesn't seem up to business notebook standards

  • Short power cable

  • No mechanical or manual volume control



Features:  Power-on password, Hard drive password, Administrator password, Locking device keyhole (cable lock)

The good: Excellent, sturdy design; very good performance and battery life; wide-screen display; integrated WWAN modem; strong security features.

The bad: Loaded configurations are expensive; lacks a double-layer DVD burner.

The bottom line: With an exceptional design, competitive features, innovative connectivity, and solid performance and battery life, the ThinkPad Z60t is versatile enough for home and business users at home or on the road.



Features:  Fingerprint reader, Wireless LAN antenna

The good: Extremely portable; sturdy screen hinge; great performance; biometric fingerprint reader; memory-card reader.

The bad: Tiny keyboard and screen; less battery life than comparable systems; cheap stylus; no optical drive; short warranty.

The bottom line: The easy-to-carry Fujitsu LifeBook P1510D combines top-notch performance and a touch screen in a tablet form factor.



The good: Solid battery life and performance; strong case; three-year warranty.

The bad: Somewhat heavy; lacks biometric security; three-prong AC plug; no flash card reader; no Gigabit Ethernet.

The bottom line: The mainstream Dell Latitude D510 doesn't excel in any one area but manages to be a good all-around business notebook.



The good: Big enough for comfortable use; lightweight enough to travel; includes a decent keyboard, touch pad, and pointing stick; good complement of connections, including Bluetooth; security features include TPM and biometric fingerprint reader; SD card reader.

The bad: Crappy speakers; system runs hot; terrible battery life.

The bottom line: Fatally undercut by lousy battery life, the feature-laden Sony VAIO VGN-BX541B otherwise makes a terrific thin-and-light for the mobile business crowd.


The good: Low price; wide keyboard; lots of extra buttons; fingerprint sensor.

The bad: Subpar performance; lacks a Trusted Platform Module option for extra data security.

The bottom line: The inexpensive HP Compaq nx6125 Notebook PC may help businesses conserve cash, but its slow performance on basic productivity tasks could adversely affect their bottom lines.


The good: Great performance; large, 14.1-inch screen; discrete graphics; built-in DVD burner.

The bad: Extremely heavy for a tablet; glare-prone screen has limited viewing angles; gets very hot; no fingerprint scanner.

The bottom line: The Toshiba Tecra M4 is a full-featured laptop that can occasionally be used as a tablet.





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