The training college for firefighters in the Austrian town of Tulln now has a modern security system. Combined with wireless linking via card (CardLink) and LEGIC contactless technology, the Kaba exos access control system allows simple cost-effective management, quick expandability and administrative flexibility.
SCM Microsystems and Hirsch Electronics Corp. recently announced the companies have entered into a definitive agreement to merge.
Just seven months after the production of the first document, the Kingdom of Morocco’s national security service has already issued its millionth biometric, contactless ID cards.
Thanks to a biometric facial recognition system, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department in Washington State recently made an arrest that helped break up a local identity theft ring. With the MorphoFace Investigate system from Sagem Morpho, the sheriff’s office identified the suspect by comparing a photo taken by an ATM to the department’s database of more than 350,000 mugshots.
- By Brent Dirks
- Dec 11, 2008
City Credit Union, headquartered in Dallas, recently purchased and implemented US Biometrics’ AccessQ system for controlling physical access to entrances with fingerprint biometrics.
A recent survey conducted by Unisys finds a majority of Americans are comfortable using common biometric technologies for authentication.
Facial recognition systems perform some very challenging tasks such as checking an individual’s photo against a database of known or suspected criminals. The task can become nearly impossible when the systems acquire poor facial images -- a situation that occurs all too often in real-world environments.
Emprise Bank is a name well known in Kansas for leadership, integrity and service to its customers and to the community. Headquartered in Wichita, the privately owned bank has more than 40 locations in 20 communities across the state. Its culture of commitment and customer service is strongly instilled in its nearly 500 staff members.
- By Del V. Salvi
- Dec 01, 2008
HID Global recently announced that its Connecticut manufacturing facility is to be honored by Lt. Gov. Michael Fedele, in recognition of the company’s efforts and continued support of the Connecticut Career Choice program.
Most people already know what ‘authentication’ is and how closely it is tied to accessing resources on the network. After some form of authentication, users typically either access resources directly or via technologies like SSO (Single Sign-On), which are then relied upon by the IT and security management as a central management console for controlling and managing access to resources across the enterprise. Unfortunately, most of us, including certified security professionals, assume that these technologies are enough to thwart fraudulent attempts to steal sensitive information.
- By Thomas Varghese
- Nov 18, 2008
Long the domain of government and law enforcement agencies, biometric systems are increasingly moving into the market for personal data management and security, according to information from ABI Research.
The ValleyCare Health System in Pleasanton, Calif. is one of the first hospitals in the United States to use a palm vein authentication technology as part of its patient registration and identification system.
- By Brent Dirks
- Nov 12, 2008
The Department of Defense issues Common Access Cards to more than 4 million military, retried military and contractors throughout the world. DoD was tasked with complying with the Federal Information Processing Standards Publication 201. FIPS 201 is a federal government standard that specifies Personal Identity Verification requirements for Federal employees and contractors.
An airport security program under way at Baltimore's Thurgood Marshall International Airport “has put a new emphasis on the need for greater use in airports of stronger identity verification technology,” according to Paul Onorato, president of the Coalition of Airline Pilots Associations.
The Smart Card Alliance recently announced it has created the Leadership, Education and Advancement Program (LEAP) for individuals interested in continuously improving their knowledge and professional proficiency in the smart card industry.
The Transportation Security Administration has approved four biometric readers from Sagem Morpho for deployment in critical pilot tests of the Transportation Worker Identification Credential program at major U.S. ports including Los Angeles, New York and Long Beach, Calif.
HID Global recently announced that it has acquired Nectar smart card .NET technology, based on Microsoft .NET, from StepNexus and Hive Minded.
A recent report from Research and Markets says that even in the government sector, initiatives such as e-passports and RFID enabled ID cards are expected to drive demand for RFID hardware.
To ensure only accredited students and members of the University of Hawaii at Hilo can gain admission to the new Student Life Center center, it is protected by a smart access control system that includes a combination of networked on-line and off-line battery powered locks, panic bar interfaces and 8 13.56Mhz RFID wall reader ‘Hot-Spots’ control points.
U.S. federal government identity and smart card programs have grown significantly under the Bush administration. But with the election a week away, one important question on people's minds is, what will happen under the next administration?