Hirsch Electronics, a supplier of physical access control systems, has signed an exclusive global distribution agreement with SCM Microsystems, a supplier of smart card readers for secure authentication, to provide SCM’s Physical Access Control Terminals (PACT) series physical access readers to the open market.
BIO-key International Inc. and its partner Sig-Tec recently announced the successful deployment of a fingerprint biometrics-based identity and access management system at the Mahoning County (Ohio) Sheriff's Office.
HID Global recently announced that it has been selected to supply its Fargo HDP5000-LC printer/encoders to the Department of Defense Defense Manpower Data Center. As part of the DMDC’s migration to the next generation of ID card printers, the HDP5000-LC units will be utilized throughout the DMDC to support its Identity Protection and Management projects.
Today’s mobile professionals carry more sensitive information than ever before. A single laptop can contain information that can be valued in the millions, if not billions, of dollars.
- By Bill Bockwoldt
- Oct 02, 2008
IdentiSys Inc., North America’s largest sales and service integrator of identification, tracking and security products, recently announced the acquisition of CardSmart Systems Inc., located in Lisle, Ill., a western suburb of Chicago.
In this age of widespread easy access to personal information, identity theft has become the fastest growing and most lucrative crime in America.
- By Reginald Ball
- Oct 02, 2008
GEICO Federal Credit Union, headquartered in Chevy Chase, Md., recently purchased and implemented US Biometrics’ AccessQ system for controlling physical access to various entrances with fingerprint biometrics.
L-1 Identity Solutions Inc., a provider of identity solutions and services, recently announced that the L-1 Secure Credentialing Division received a three and a half year, $5.9 million contract expansion from the state of Mississippi.
Datastrip has recently been honored by Frost & Sullivan for Product Differentiation Innovation of the Year in the world biometrics market for the company’s DSV2+TURBO handheld biometric termina
Recently, a Southwest Airlines pilot was the first aircrew member to be screened by the Transportation Security Administration using an advanced biometric screening system.
Driven by Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12) goals and implementations, CoreStreet recently announced that the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) will leverage CoreStreet’s credential validation technology for the validation services required as part of its HSPD-12 smart card program.
LaserCard Corp., a provider of secure ID solutions, recently announced a follow-on purchase order valued at $2.8 million to supply secure identity cards for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s national ID card program.
Sagem Morpho Inc. introduced its third generation Morpho RapID handheld biometric device at the 2008 International Association for Identification (IAI) Conference.
In the past few years, biometrics have developed from a new technology used in a narrow band of closed-environment applications to a useful, practical, fit-for-purpose tool used across a range of industries and in a wide variety of applications.
As more organizations implement biometrics, it is not uncommon to see an iris reader used to control access to an IT server room, a fingerprint sensor integrated into a laptop computer for desktop logon or a facial recognition system used to clock in on a factory floor. Although these are excellent examples of the use of biometrics, for many organizations the question remains, “Should we be using a biometric, and if so, what type?”
- By Damon Dageenakis
- Sep 01, 2008
CryptoMetrics Inc., a provider of critical infrastructure and key asset protection systems, announced recently a contract with the government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to deploy a state-of-the-art, face recognition-based wanted person detection system at Abu Dhabi International Airport.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has notified Accenture of its intent to continue the contract under which the company acts as prime integrator for the United States Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology (US-VISIT) program.
Sagem Morpho Inc. and BIO-key International Inc. recently announced a technology partnership that combines the strengths of both companies to create high-performance biometric matching technology.
The increased stringency clamped down on fraudulent activities and illegal immigration post 9/11 has greatly increased biometrics’ usage in border control applications. The convenience and user friendliness of biometric solutions such as e-passports have made biometrics the security solution of choice to monitor cross-border activities.
It’s been clear for a long time now that user names and passwords are simply not enough to ensure secure authentication in enterprise applications.
- By Joel Hagberg
- Aug 01, 2008