Lenovo and Avaya partner to link ThinkPad fingerprint reader to softphone access

Interesting announcement out of Lenovo and Avaya down at VoiceCon this week – the two companies will collaborate to enable Avaya’s softphone to make use of certain aspects of Lenovo’s Thinkpad line. Specifically:

As part of the alliance, the integrated fingerprint reader in Lenovo’s ThinkPads and Password Manager technologies will support Avaya’s IP Softphone solution. This will bar unauthorized people from using a Softphone or accessing their phonebook if the laptop is lost.

We’ve written and talked in the past about the use of biometric devices to control access, but unless I’m wrong this is one of the first times I’ve heard it mentioned specifically with a VoIP product from one of the major VoIP vendors. Cool to see.