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Physical Access Control Reader to Use Fingerprint Sensor

October 16, 2006

Bioscrypt's new reader incorporates UPEK device to comply with federal personal identity–verification program requirements.


TORONTO /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Bioscrypt Inc., a leading provider of identity-verification technology, announced that it has selected the UPEK TouchChip TCS1 fingerprint sensor for its new biometric Physical Access Control (PAC) readers. These readers will comply with the U.S. government's Federal Information Processing Standard Publication 201 (FIPS 201), personal identity-verification (PIV) program.

Under FIPS 201, a PIV credential (card) with the capacity to store the digital representation of two fingerprints as ANSI/INCITS 378-standardized templates will be created for every federal employee and contractor. These fingerprint data can then be used to authenticate individuals, allowing them physical access to buildings and/or logical access to computers.

In practice, a government employee will enroll in the PIV program by having a scan taken of their fingerprints to create the ANSI/INCITS 378 templates. The templates are then added to the information stored on the card and used for physical and logical access control. For example, when a person attempts to access a building, they will present their card to the biometric PIV PAC reader and place their finger on the sensor integrated into the reader. The information captured by the sensor is then processed by the fingerscan-matching algorithm to ensure the template on the card is a match to the live finger. Assuming a match is achieved, the door will open, and the person can enter the facility.

To participate as a vendor of biometric PAC readers for the FIPS 201 program, Bioscrypt will submit a newly designed reader to GSA for qualification. Among the design changes necessary for the existing reader to comply with FIPS 201 requirements is the addition of a PIV-compliant fingerprint sensor.

"We are pleased to be chosen as a fingerprint sensor provider for the Bioscrypt FIPS 201 access control reader," said Mike Chaudoin, director of standards and security at UPEK. "UPEK has architected the TouchChip TCS1 silicon fingerprint sensor to meet the demanding fingerprint image quality requirements specified by NIST and the FBI for single-fingerprint capture devices. The TouchChip TCS1 sensor's compact size, low cost, and proven ability to acquire images across diverse populations represent significant advantages in comparison to other fingerprint sensors," added Mr. Chaudoin. "Solutions based on UPEK's TouchChip TCS1 sensors offer excellent value for government customers seeking to implement cost-effective and robust fingerprint-verification devices for FIPS 201 and other biometric identity programs."

"UPEK's TouchChip TCS1 fingerprint sensor provides Bioscrypt a capacitive fingerprint sensor option that we can offer to government agencies as they procure readers to comply with the new FIPS 201 regulations," said Colin Soutar, CTO of Bioscrypt Inc. "The addition of this GSA-approved sensor will complement our recently qualified minutiae-based algorithm, providing a cost-effective, interoperable, and high-performance platform for physical access control under FIPS 201."

Bioscrypt intends to provide a range of products for FIPS 201, for both physical and logical access control. These products will be brought to market through both direct sales and Bioscrypt's wide range of integrators and OEM partners in the physical and logical access-control industries.

"The FIPS 201 program is the first large-scale deployment of biometrics for verification rather than identification," said Robert L. Williams, president and CEO of Bioscrypt. "Verification has always been our focus, specifically the design of biometric access-control technology. Our algorithms are qualified for use as a generator in the PIV issuance system and a matcher for physical and logical verification systems. We believe that we continue to demonstrate real-world expertise in bringing biometric verification systems to the market."

About UPEK
UPEK Inc., a global leader in biometric fingerprint security solutions, offers integrated end-to-end solutions, including comprehensive design and integration services to the world's leading consumer and industrial products companies. UPEK solutions enable the strongest fingerprint authentication security available, packaged for high user convenience and rapid integration into existing products and network architectures. The company has been pioneering biometric fingerprint technology since 1996 and shipping product in volume since 1999. UPEK is headquartered in Emeryville, CA, with offices in Prague, Singapore, Taipei, and Tokyo. For more information, please visit the company's Web site.

About Bioscrypt Inc.
Bioscrypt Inc. is a leader in identity verification technologies, providing solutions for converged physical and logical access, enabling unified authentication from Door to Desktop. Bioscrypt's offerings simplify the task of implementing secure access to facilities, equipment, and IT networks. The company develops and sells biometric embedded solutions, access control readers, and identity and access management software to protect the physical and network assets of international government agencies and leading organizations in the financial services, healthcare, and manufacturing sectors. More information is available on the company's Web site.


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