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Suprema provides biometrics access control solution to hotel in Spain

Suprema provides biometrics access control solution to hotel in Spain

Editor / Provider: Suprema | Updated: 9/4/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

The Customer
The Alma Hotel in Pamplona is a luxury boutique hotel located in city of Pamplona which is famous of its internationally well-known San FeminFestival. The hotel has been opened just before the start of the 2010 San FeminFestival and it features latest high tech equipment and amenities in guest rooms, public areas and various hotel facilities.

The management also decided to implement cutting-edge biometric access control in each guest rooms and around the property to increase intelligence and efficiency in hotel operation by introduction of real time monitoring on facilities and staff available.

Implementation
Precision Consulting in Spain, designed, planned and executed the Alma Hotel project. Suprema'slatest IP-based biometric access control system has been installed throughout the hotel including guest facilities (such as rooms, spa, parking, restaurants and bar), staff facilities and payment systems. The system also features real-time staff monitoring and housekeeping management. In addition, the client set strict requirements on its access control system for both operational and design aspects. The Suprema BioEntry Plus EM devices were installed to rooms, public areas and staff's access points, and BioStation fingerprint terminals were selected for time attendance control for staffs. Overall system was to be controlled by Suprema's BioStar IP-based distributed access control system software.

The installation of BioEntry Plus was well integrated with hotel's interior design concept and also enabled easy maintenance. The system also allows users to choose between fingerprint and RF card for their authentication. Suprema's system provided variety of RF cards, fingerprint and PIN access.

The Solution
80 units of BioEntry Plus have been installed over the Hotel Alma Pamplona. BioEntry Plus have been installed on all 60 guest rooms and other facilities such as entrances, spa, parking ramps, warehouses and 2 units in reception for registration.

The devices installed at the reception are to guide check-in guests to register on the same device to be found in rooms and other access points throughout the hotel.

BioStar software was set and configured to control the entire access control system as well as time attendance management for the hotel's employees.

Each access control devices were connected into TCP/IP network and connected to AC switch with their own relays. This minimizes possibilities of system crash and communication failure by isolating problems to each connection points.

Highlights of Biometrics Readers and Technical news

Highlights of Biometrics Readers and Technical news

Editor / Provider: Erica Lin | Updated: 8/29/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

While government agencies and enterprises nowadays require higher-and-higher level verification systems for better managing personal-identification operations, biometric solutions have shared a vital part of market with its reliability and uniqueness. The biometric technology progress never stops for wider and wider applications.

Morpho presents fastest contactless fingerprint scanner at GIS 2014

Morpho presents fastest contactless fingerprint scanner at GIS 2014

Editor / Provider: Morpho (Safran) | Updated: 8/27/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Morpho (Safran) announced the commercial launch of Finger On the Fly, the fastest contactless four finger scanner. Using advanced imaging technology, this innovation simultaneously captures four fingerprints from a single wave of the hand. Finger On the Fly will be on display at the 2014 Global Identity Summit in Tampa.

. Finger on the Fly simultaneously delivers high security through multi finger matching, and extremely fast touchless convenience. Delivering high-resolution fingerprint capture in less than one second, Finger On the Fly is also the market's fastest contactless biometric device.

Finger on the Fly ensures that markets and industries which necessitate truly touchless operation can now also benefit from the world's leading fingerprint technology from Morpho. Finger On the Fly is ideally suited for applications such as border control at airports, access control at sensitive and high traffic sites, flow management and a wide range of other situations where high speed enrollment and matching, as well as convenience and security are a priority.

“We are excited to revolutionize the fingerprint identification solutions market with this new product. Our teams have worked tirelessly to this end and we are truly proud of this achievement,” stated Thomas Chenevier, Senior Vice President, Products and Innovation at Morpho. “As a world leader, Morpho is committed to continually innovate and advance biometric technologies.”

Carrefour selects Suprema fingerprint recognition terminals

Carrefour selects Suprema fingerprint recognition terminals

Editor / Provider: Suprema | Updated: 7/31/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Suprema, one of the global providers of technology in biometrics and security, announced to provide fingerprint recognition terminal, BioEntry Plus, to Carrefour Supermarkets in Istanbul, Turkey, for a new system of access control and time & attendance.

A total of 500 units were provided by Meyer, a local partner of Suprema in Turkey. BioEntry Plus is a distributed IP system terminal with the high level security provided by biometrics, which provides higher flexibility and multiple installation options for different environments.

Carrefour Supermarkets in Istanbul made use of the RF (MIFARE) card based terminal and system for access control and time & attendance management. The system, however, was not fully supportive of efficient management of access control and time & attendance for the more than 5,000 employees working at stalls located across the country.

As stalls are scattered in various regions of the nation, the HR division of the company could not accurately check and confirm employees' time & attendance as well as access control for security. Above all, the company had difficulty in controlling the behavior of employees such as ‘Buddy Punching', which employees frequently practiced by card sharing. The card duplication was not only a matter of time & attendance but also a serious issue for security as RF cards can be easily duplicated and used by unauthorized persons. Additionally, the company needed to improve management and administration efficiency and productivity because of the frequent issuance of cards due to employee loss.

The company tried to change from a system based on RF card to a fingerprint based system in order to meet the challenges and improve efficiency and productivity in administration. Therefore, it undertook a system integration project to build up a new environment/system for access control and time & attendance management. A key to the project was the selection of the optimal product for fingerprint terminals, and so an evaluation comparison of various products available in the market. As a result of this evaluation, Carrefour finally decided to select BioEntry Plus, however, as it was evaluated to be superior in performance based on Carrefour's criterion. “We concluded that Suprema products guarantee the most powerful performance with matching algorithms featuring high verification rates and verification speeds.” explained Carrefour.

“We're very pleased to provide our products to Carrefour, a global leader in the global retail industry.” Said Young S. Moon, Vice President of Suprema. “Though the project is specifically for the supermarkets in Istanbul this time, we expect it will be a momentum to bring more opportunities of business expansion for partnership with Carrefour Group internationally in the future.”

G4S and ENTERTECH SYSTEMS partner Suprema to provide enterprise-level biometric solution

G4S and ENTERTECH SYSTEMS partner Suprema to provide enterprise-level biometric solution

Editor / Provider: ENTERTECH SYSTEMS | Updated: 7/31/2014 | Article type: Security 50

ENTERTECH SYSTEMS and G4S Technology have announced a technology partnership that combines ENTERTECH SYSTEMS identity management and Suprema biometrics with G4S security solutions, providing a robust offering to UK customers. ENTERTECH SYSTEMS is the official operating partner for Suprema in the United Kingdom, Ireland, United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

G4S Technology is one of the foremost innovators and supplier within the security industry providing fully integrated Access Control, Video Management, Life Safety, Perimeter Protection and Alarm Management Systems. Providing an end to end solution, G4S Technology designs, develops, manufacturers, installs and maintains systems protecting small offices and colleagues through to complex government facilities and high security environments. Symmetry is the advanced Access Control and Video Management system from G4S Technology and is used by millions around the world on a daily basis.

“This new partner relationship fits perfectly with our own focus on excellence in technology and customer service,” says David Ella, VP of Technology and Marketing at G4S Technology. “With UK-based support from ENTERTECH SYSTEMS, our installers and customers can easily tap into the benefits of sophisticated Suprema biometrics.”

The integration of Suprema biometric devices and the ENTERTECH SYSTEMS BioConnect application with Symmetry provides more efficient, user-friendly access control for G4S customers. Instead of having to manage badge records in two different systems (one for the access control panel and another for the biometric templates), BioConnect seamlessly syncs users between the two systems. Using a simple enrollment window, they can search for a user/badge and add biometric templates.

Designed for organisations of any size and suitable for all applications, Symmetry delivers the latest technology in a proven, scalable, fully integrated system which can be managed from one easy to use software application. Unlike some other security systems, Symmetry features a wide range of advanced applications as standard including Visitor Management, Badge Production, interactive Graphical Maps as well as the most comprehensive Access Control solution with Anti-Passback and all the other features that would be expected by large organizations.

“Like us, G4S Technology understands the growing need to maximise efficiencies and reduce costs for customers through leading innovation and truly responsive customer service,” says Rob Douglas, CEO of ENTERTECH SYSTEMS. “We look forward to working with them to deliver next-generation biometric access control to the UK market.”

The Suprema line of biometric devices, which includes fingerprint detection, card and PIN readers and ENTERTECH SYSTEMS' BioConnect application, is now available through G4S Technology. Applicable Suprema biometric readers include BioStation T2, BioStation, BioEntry Plus, BioEntry W, BioLite Net and BioMini.

MorphoTrust brings new conveniences to transportation workers

MorphoTrust brings new conveniences to transportation workers

Editor / Provider: Morpho (Safran) | Updated: 7/30/2014 | Article type: Security 50

MorphoTrust USA (Safran), the U.S. provider of identity solutions and services, has recently announced that it completed transition of the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) Hazardous Materials Endorsement (HME) Threat Assessment Program (HTAP) to the new Universal Enrollment Services (UES) platform. TSA's HTAP conducts a security threat assessment for individuals seeking to obtain, renew, or transfer an HME on a commercial driver license. IdentoGO Centers by MorphoTrust provide the enrollment services for HTAP and other security threat assessment programs covered under UES, including TSA Pre and the Transportation Workers Identification Credential (TWIC) program. HME applicants are advised to pre-enroll and schedule their enrollment appointments at any one of the 270 convenient nationwide IdentoGO Centers, which is 80 percent more than the approximately 150 legacy HazPrint centers. During the enrollment process, applicants are required to provide identity and immigration documents and have their fingerprints taken. Maritime transportation workers will also now have the ability to apply at all of these IdentoGO Centers, providing access to TWIC enrollment in some states for the first time.

"MorphoTrust has been working aggressively to support the transition of these programs into UES and we anticipate that the completion of the HTAP transition will improve the enrollment process across TSA programs as well as enhance customer convenience with the added centers," said MorphoTrust CEO Bob Eckel. "It will benefit many transportation workers, particularly those who work in maritime areas and require both a TWIC card and an HME endorsement on their commercial driver license. With over 1.7M HME enrollments to date, we look forward to supporting the growth of this program."

MorphoTrust has provided HME enrollment services since 2005 and was awarded the HazPrint prime contract for HME enrollment services in 2009. TSA selected MorphoTrust as prime contractor for UES in 2012. The transition of HTAP enrollment centers to UES started in October 2013.

Suprema launches fingerprint scanner SDK for Android

Suprema launches fingerprint scanner SDK for Android

Editor / Provider: Suprema | Updated: 7/24/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Suprema, one of the global providers of technology in biometrics and identification, announced the launch of a fingerprint scanner software development kit (SDK) for Android operating system (OS).

The new SDK is specially designed for use with Suprema's latest fingerprint scanner, the BioMini Slim. It assures the same powerful performance as the test-proven SDK for desktop computers. For instance, like the SDK for desktop computers, the SDK for Android also enables mobile devices to capture fingerprints under harsh environmental conditions as well as direct sunlight of up to 100,000 LUX.

With a high speed of 15fps (Frames Per Second), the new SDK supports a ‘Live Preview' in the verification process, designed to make BioMini Slim apply to an even wider range of applications. Suprema is the first to provide a ‘Live Preview' function on mobile devices in the ID solutions market.

Alongside the launch of the new SDK, Suprema revealed a free of charge mobile Android app for product demonstration to BioMini Slim users. The app provides a rich and intuitive user experience in Suprema ID solutions, including product and technology information, as well as the product demo. Anyone using an Android device can download the app on Google Play Store by searching for ‘Suprema' or ‘Suprema Fingerprint Solution'.

“As is the case with other applications, tablets and smartphones are replacing desktops or notebooks as a platform to collect and verify biometric identity. In the near future, we expect to see even more integration of biometrics and mobility.” Said Young S. Moon, Vice President of Suprema. “Suprema expects the new SDK for Android will offer strong support in growing the biometrics and ID solutions markets.”

BioMini Slim maintains the highest standards by receiving both FBI-PIV and mobile ID FAP 20 certifications. It has a rugged IP65 rated dust and waterproof form factor while maintaining a sleek ergonomic design, and is equipped with Suprema's latest 500dpi slim optical sensor and large platen for easy and reliable fingerprinting, as well as Suprema's advanced LFD (Live Finger Detection) technology.

How big data and IoT revolutionize the security industry (Part 2)

How big data and IoT revolutionize the security industry (Part 2)

Editor / Provider: Jill Lai, a&s International | Updated: 6/25/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

"Big data" and the "Internet of Things"(IoT) now are not only discussed in the IT and communications idustries, but they are also ready to influence and even upturn the securiy industry. While we anticipate a connected society, the world is also vulnerable to malicious physical and cyber security attacks. Fortunately, security technologies have evolved and developed to prevent any disasters from happening.

When the world starts to look into "big data" and how IoT can benefit everyone, the trend forces the security industry to gradually switch their attention to data and content beyond product specifications to better fit the needs of a connected world.

Open Platforms Drive Total Integration
Integration has been an unstoppable trend in all industries, especially when it comes to IoT. Eventually, in a connected world, every system will be connected in a single network. The security industry will also continue to evolve. To build up a future-proof solution, integrating different systems through proprietary SDKs and APIs no longer seems like enough. Companies now concentrate on how to construct a more open platform in order to seamlessly manage and utilize different resources in different security equipment. According to Genetec's white paper, it suggests that a truly unified platform in video surveillance can optimize resources by sharing common servers and databases for authentication and permission, licensing, configuration settings, alarms and evens, audit and activity log, video recording, and access logs.

"Because of the open and standardized features, IP-based video surveillance has become more accessible and affordable. End users in small-scaled market sectors, such as SMBs, now are willing to consider IP-based products. We do see an increased demand for these types of products from the education sector in K-12 schools, retail and even residential sectors are picking up," said Kostas Mellos, product marketing, video, Interlogix and Lenel.

Looking at the access control market only, it has been actively developing with the introduction of different new technologies. The market's high growth still mainly comes from the migration from mechanical locks to electronic locks. However, what is really driving the growth of the market is the need for open platforms. Access control systems, in the past, were very closed, simply for restricting entrance to a building, room, and property. Until recently, users have started to realize the benefits whenever it links with other systems. “What really differentiates us from other companies is, in our hardware and firmware. We develop to an open platform and protocol, which is very critical for the credentials and access control systems for future expansion or integration of other future technologies. That is why we are chosen for replacement projects and also big projects, like One World Trade Center,” said April Daltron-Noblitt, Director of Vertical Marketing at Allegion. Both the access control and video surveillance markets are developing their solutions very fast in open platforms, which also is closely tying both sides together. Companies, like Axis, Avigilon, and Genetec have developed their own integrated systems. The partnership of video and access control companies has become basic to form an integrated system. “Genetec offers its end users a unified security platform, which seamlessly integrates video, access control, and license plate recognition. The open platform supports a vast ecosystem of cameras, access control edge devices and third party software tools, including analytics, biometrics and perimeter detection hardware.

Genetec's IP access control system is also increasing its compatibility with other access control hardware products. The most recent ones are our partnerships with ASSA ABLOY and Salto, who produce quality WiFi, PoE wireless locks,” said Andrew Elvish, VP of Marketing and Communication at Genetec.

On the other hand, PSIM is not only able to supervise multiple distinct systems and further manage information coming from these systems, but also presents all the information in a single user interface, which plays a vital role in big data and IoT. “Verint recently launched a new situation management platform that allows users to integrate a variety of systems providing real-time intelligence to respond to events,” said Courtney Mamuscia, Global Communications Director of Verint Video & Situation Intelligence Solutions at Verint Systems. “This new solution expands our current PSIM application that has experienced significant growth in the critical infrastructure sectors and city-wide surveillance.”

However, some experts also warn that some PSIM products might have problems in lacking a built-in video, access control, and event integrated solution, which should be the key for selecting a “real” PSIM.

Social and Business Identity Takes Shape
While IoT gradually takes shape in the access control industry, end users have become more comfortable with making online payment via cards, PCs, tablets, mobile phones, and other wearable devices. Paym, a UK-based company, announced in April that consumers can use their mobile to make bank payments in the country. This trend is also going toward granting physical access control remotely via mobile devices, making access control as a service (ACaaS) gain more adoption. Furthermore, Brivo Labs claimed itself an IoT company, which launched its and also the industry's first social access management solution this year. Its main objective is to use social identities to “develop innovative applications that connect virtual communities with physical spaces,” said on Brivo Labs' website. According to Lee Odess, VP of Marketing at Brivo Systems and GM of Brivo Labs, by using Brivo Labs' API platform, physical access authorization now can be granted by using your profile on social networks, like Facebook and LinkedIn, on mobile devices and wearable computing devices, such as Google Glass. It is truly a revolution in the physical access control field. Next, Brivo will develop their solution to adopt Bluetooth devices to provide end users more convenience to remotely access and manage doors.

Identity Management Spurs Growth of Biometrics
When we, as end users, start to enjoy the freedom of multiple ways of payment and easy access to a space, worries about the security mechanism in these solutions arise. What makes things worse is when we lose our credit cards, with tap-andpay- on-the-go feature, or mobile phones or devices, it also means we lose our credentials and even precious money. On the other hand, for enterprise users, especially multinational companies, how to well secure their physical and intellectual property, help workers make mobile offices work more efficiently, and get easy access in these spaces without spending extra time and paper work becomes their top priority in access control. A robust identity management solution becomes prerequisite for users ranging from public to enterprise users. For enterprise users, multi-factor identities for both physical and logical security could be the best choice; biometrics is an important factor binding all these together.

HID acquired IdenTrust to expand our identity management and secure authentication solutions offering, and enable us to provide banking customers with a trust network for issuing, authenticating, and using digital identities based on open standards,” said Jeremy Hyatt, Director of Global Public Relations of HID Global. “Our Lumidigm acquisition extends our multi-factor authentication portfolio with biometrics for high-security environments, while positioning us to deliver a variety of new secure identity solutions.” Besides, biometrics also becomes a unique selling point for different fields because of its unique identification feature, according to Bill Spence, VP of Sales of North America, Europe and Australia at Lumidigm. In amusement parks, biometrics has attracted many return customers. Lumidigm's solution was adopted by amusement parks, where parents' fingerprints had to match their child's RFID wristband when collecting them from the park grounds. On top of that, the system can also ensure that only one person uses each ticket. To prevent ticket fraud, parks today can link each ticket to a specific customer with the touch of a finger.

The demand for identity management provides new startups with pretty big business opportunities too. Bionym developed the first wearable authentication device that utilizes a user's electrocardiogram (ECG) to validate a person's identity, according to their company website. Zwipe, a new, next-generation biometric card, a contactless smart card credential with on-card fingerprint reading, eliminates the problems of solely deploying PINs and standard cards. The contactless Zwipe biometric card lets users authenticate themselves directly on the card through something they are, a fingerprint, using their already installed card reader. Only then will the card system activate the lock. This is much more secure than simply using a standard card, which verifies only something they carry, the card. Also many companies, which develop NFC rings and bracelets, intend to provide more flexible and innovative solutions to secure our access to either the virtual or non-virtual world.

A Connected World Makes a Safer Environment?
Thanks to IoT, we can expect a connected world in the future. Although new technologies bring us more convenience in terms of mass information and life comfort, do these also help us construct a safer environment? Without making security the priority, I am afraid that all these new and innovative technologies would be in vain. If the aforementioned developments in the security industry can cause everyone to be more aware of security, I would say the future of this connected world will be bright

* Take look into How big data and IoT revolutionize the security industry (Part 1)

Suprema products certified by Bureau of Indian Standards

Suprema products certified by Bureau of Indian Standards

Editor / Provider: Suprema | Updated: 6/18/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Suprema, a global provider of technology in biometrics, security and ID Solutions, announced its biometric scanner products are certified by the Bureau of Indian Standards. Suprema receives the certification in the biometric access control and time attendance segment in association with its local partner in India, A-ID Systems.

Under the Electronics and Information Technology Goods Order issued by the Indian Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DEIT), 15 electronic and information & technology products are required to comply with the applicable Indian safety standards and mandatory registration before they are imported to, distributed, or sold in India.

The certification extends from Suprema's corporate brand and its products for biometric scanners for access control and time & attendance, which include FaceStation, a next generation intelligent face recognition terminal as well as various fingerprint terminals such as BioLite Net, BioEntry W, BioEntry Plus and BioStation.

According to a market research, the access control portion of the Indian electronic security system industry is around 24%, with a market size reaching $120 million and a projection of 25% CAGR, the second-largest following the CCTV industry.

Suprema and Kwick present biometric verification system for SIM card in Pakistan

Suprema and Kwick present biometric verification system for SIM card in Pakistan

Editor / Provider: Suprema | Updated: 6/9/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Suprema, a global provider of technology in biometrics and identification, announced it provided its latest version of fingerprint PC security scanner entitled ‘BioMini Slim' to Kwick High-Tech & Solutions for Android-based biometric verification system on SIM cards issuance in Pakistan.

BioMini Slim is Suprema's first model of products run on Android OS, which is specially designed to provide a high level security solution for PC-based identity access management solutions. It has a rugged IP65 rated dust and waterproof form factor while maintaining a sleek ergonomic design, and is also equipped with Suprema's latest 500dpi slim optical sensor, which boasts a large platen size for easy and reliable fingerprints capturing as well as provides Suprema's advanced LFD (Live Finger Detection), patent in-progress.

Kwick High-Tech & Solutions, a Pakistan-based firm that specializes in SIM manufacturing and biometric security solutions, has already launched a solution for biometric verification of mobile phone customers, which consists of the Android-based BioMini Slim which has Kwick's application running on it, and to obtain the fingerprint of the customer.

With biometric verification system in place, before the issuance of new SIM, the thumb impressions of customers are matched with NADRA database to make sure that the person holding the CNIC card is indeed the legitimate individual with correct credentials or not.

Suprema has made the first shipment and is expected to additionally provide more devices by stage as it's estimated that over 75,000 deployments of biometric verification devices will be required at countrywide outlets in Pakistan. It is also expected to be one of the largest deployments of Superma Products with collaboration of Kwick Hightech & Solutions.

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