Bioscrypt Fingerprint Technology Featured in HID’s new bioClass Product Offering
TORONTO, ON and VAN NUYS, CA, Sept. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/–(TSX:BYT) Bioscrypt Inc., a leading provider of advanced fingerprint technology, announced today that HID, the world’s largest manufacturer of contactless access control readers and cards for the security industry, will feature Bioscrypt’s fingerprint technology in their new bioCLASS offering. The bioCLASS product family, which will be marketed by HID, will provide customers added security for access to their facilities through the combination of a contactless smart card and a biometric identifier. Examples of integrated Bioscrypt and HID offerings will be on display at the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) convention in New Orleans beginning September 15, 2003. Bioscrypt booth No. 443 and HID booth No. 1517.
“HID has long recognized Bioscrypt as a leader in biometric access control devices. This leadership role has been validated recently in conjunction with deployments that involve HID’s iCLASS technology such as Little Rock National Airport in Arkansas,” said Denis Hebert, President and CEO for HID. “It was critical for HID to be able to offer Bioscrypt technology as part of our new bioCLASS offering.”
HID will offer a bioCLASS solution based on Bioscrypt’s OEM fingerprint module. This module combines Bioscrypt’s industry leading fingerprint algorithm (ranked first in the Fingerprint Verification Competition 2002), with a powerful processor from Texas Instruments and the latest in fingerprint sensing technology, the AES8500 from AuthenTec Corporation. The offering is scheduled to be available from HID in early 2004.
“HID and Bioscrypt have successfully collaborated on numerous biometric opportunities over the last few years. Together we have established strong sales channels into government and commercial end users who are now using our combined solutions,” said Pierre Donaldson, President and CEO for Bioscrypt. “HID’s decision to feature Bioscrypt’s technology in their new bioCLASS offering further builds on our long standing relationship and ensures that end users will have access to the most robust and accurate fingerprint technology available.”
HID’s new bioCLASS access control solution offers one-to-one biometric template authentication (one security credential and only one person who can use it). In the new system, fingerprint templates will be securely stored on iCLASS smart cards, making the solution well-suited for installations spanning multiple sites.
About Bioscrypt Inc.
Bioscrypt Inc. is a leading provider of advanced fingerprint technology. The company’s solutions combine the convenience of touch with the high security of fingerprint-based biometrics for simple and secure access to facilities, equipment and information. Under the “Bioscrypt on Board™” brand, the company offers packaged products, OEM components and software licensing to leading security solution manufacturers and integrators worldwide for physical, wireless and network security applications. Among the many cutting-edge companies and partners using Bioscrypt technology are the U.S. Army, NASA, Continental Airlines, Intel, Atmel, HID Corporation, Honeywell and Northern Computers. Bioscrypt’s patented technology is interoperable with leading fingerprint sensors and is both platform and operating system independent. Bioscrypt is traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol BYT. For more information, visit the Bioscrypt Web site at http://www.bioscrypt.com.
As the largest manufacturer of contactless access control readers and cards for the security industry, HID has shipped over 150 million credentials to customers worldwide. HID pioneered the development of radio frequency identification (RFID) technology for physical access control. Proximity and iCLASS technologies can be housed on the same credential and combined with other technologies such as magnetic stripe, barcode, or contact smart chip modules. This provides users the ability to leverage their investment in existing systems while seamlessly upgrading to new technologies and adding new applications. For increased security, users can add a photo ID or anti- counterfeiting element such as a hologram or ultraviolet ink. HID’s experience in developing card technologies enables them to play a critical role in the evolution and adoption of contactless smart card technology used for applications such as access control, IT secure authentication, digital cash, the storage of biometric templates, and the storage and retrieval of critical information. For more information on HID, visit their website at http://www.hidcorp.com.
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