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Suprema's latest fingerprint WSQ algorithms cetified by FBI

Suprema's latest fingerprint WSQ algorithms cetified by FBI

Editor / Provider: Suprema | Updated: 10/6/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Suprema, a leading global provider of technology in biometrics and identification, announced its fingerprint image compression algorithms received the latest version of FBI WSQ (Wavelet Scalar Quantization) Certification which requires highly accurate implementation in the WSQ Gray-Scale Fingerprint Image Compression Specification, Version 3.1.

The WSQ Specification V3.1 sets the latest standard for the exchange of fingerprint images within the biometrics and law enforcement community. Specifically, it is for the exchange of 8-bit, 500ppi fingerprint images by defining a class of encoders and a decoder that is capable of decoding compressed image data from any compliant encoder.

The certification program is designed to facilitate interoperability between agencies and ensure efficient access to FBI criminal justice information services. Version, 3.1 is the latest standard for the exchange of fingerprint images within the biometrics and criminal justice community.

“Standardization in biometrics becomes more essential for advancement and growth of the market and industry as larger scale applications are needed from them,” Said Young S. Moon, Vice President of Suprema, “With the current FBI certification of the WSQ algorithm, we can now provide a complete set of certified fingerprint live scan solutions including FBI approved live scanners and PIV approved fingerprint recognition algorithms."

Dutch healthcare organization to implement Suprema fingerprint systems

Dutch healthcare organization to implement Suprema fingerprint systems

Editor / Provider: Suprema | Updated: 10/3/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

The Customer
De Hoop Foundation (De Hoop ggz) is a Dutch mental and addiction care center in Dordrecht, Netherlands. Founded in 1975, De Hoop has been involved in the care of addicts.

The organization used converted factory building for care center and in 1996, it started construction of De Hoop Village on 11 hectares of land in Dordrecht. At De Hoop Village, the majority of De Hoop's centers and work projects have been centered at one location. The amalgamation has increased efficiency and has made it possible to create more work experience projects.

At the facilities of De Hoop Village, the organization required to have sophisticated control over commuting patients, staffs and to offer security and privacy for residing patients.

The Solution
To meet De Hoop's challenging requirements on access control security on its facility, Suprema biometric IP access control system was selected. EasySecure International, the Suprema's local partner in the Netherlands, was responsible for design, installation and maintenance of the project.

 

Each patient's room at De Hoop is equipped with BioEntry Plus reader and provides enhanced biometric security and convenience without carrying access cards. During their stay at De Hoop, the patients gain access to rooms and facilities with the use of Suprema fingerprint access control systems.

With the residing patients, the facility is operating 24 hour basis. To gain more control over staffing, De Hoop implemented Suprema biometric time attendance system. BioStation terminals were installed in multiple locations to enable staffs to check-in and out with one's fingerprint, eliminating hassles filling time sheet. Suprema system also enables real-time staff monitoring and security controls from remote locations.

Biometrics is the government's new black

Biometrics is the government's new black

Editor / Provider: Eifeh Strom, a&s International | Updated: 10/1/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

No longer just a technology used by spies in movies and science-fiction novels, biometrics technology has found a very real use in everyday applications, particularly by government entities looking for more efficient identity management of its citizens. In the form of biometric national identification cards and even e-passports, biometrics is fast becoming the new black for identity management.

Biometrics technology often finds itself the center of attention in spy movies — a spy cuts off the finger of a high-ranking official to access a secret off-book site or lifts a fingerprint from a coffee mug to access top-secret files. Oddly enough, these examples are also reasons people have hesitations about biometrics for security purposes — if it is that easy to hack in a movie, what about in reality? This is a common concern especially now that an increasing number of governments worldwide are choosing to use biometric information for identity management. In fact, the use of biometrics technology is growing quite rapidly throughout the world in various applications.

According to a report by Transparency Market Research, the global biometrics technology market is projected to reach a value of US$23.3 billion by 2019, at a CAGR of 20.8 percent from 2013 to 2019 — APAC is expected to grow at the fastest CAGR of 22% from 2013 to 2019.

Growth of biometrics technology has in large part been due to recent government initiatives in regions around the world. Projects such as e-passports, national identification programs, and various border control projects such as the European Dactyloscopy (EURODAC), the European Union Visa Information Systems (VIS), and new generation Schengen Information System (SIS II) are propelling the biometrics market forward, according to Transparency Market Research. The report further pointed out that the transport/visa/ logistics and government segments made up more than 50% of the total biometrics technology market in 2012, due to the growing need to examine travelers' credentials.

Why Governments are Going Biometric
As terrorist attacks and other crimes continue to be a threat, it has become all the more important for governments to make sure its citizens are safe by taking measures to not only tighten security, but to keep better track of its citizens.

Convenience is a big plus for governments looking for a better way to manage identities, as well as the many other benefits biometrics technology brings. One big positive that comes from using biometrics is the integrity and credibility it provides to databases and transactions. “One of the attributes of biometrics is that in the enrollment process there is a de-duplication or adjudication of the data to assure that one person is enrolled at a time,” said Bill Dumont, EVP of M2SYS. “This gives the database integrity and assures things such as one person, one vote or one family gets one helping of food rations.”

Standards Play Their Part
When a government decides to utilize such technology, high standards for the equipment used must be met. However, like for anything, there are many different standards and certifications that are issued by many different existing institutions and organizations. There are, however, certain certifications that are more commonly used such as those issued by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) or US Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), Dumont said. “Most countries rely on quality standards from the NIST or US FBI such as appendix F certification (Appendix F has stringent image quality conditions, focusing on the human fingerprint comparison and facilitating large scale machine many-to-many matching operations) or PIV (personal identity verification) certification (PIV-071006 is a lower-level standard designed to support one-to-one fingerprint verification.”

Some countries, such as India, have their own standards for biometric use by the government. As part of the Unique Identification (UID) program in India, also known as AADHAR, the Standardization Testing and Quality Certification (STQC) organization was created to develop standards to assure quality of the biometric data. As the world's largest rollout of biometric national IDs, making sure that the rollout went as smoothly as possible was not only important for the sake of efficiency, but money as well. “This organization [STQC] worked with vendors and subject matter experts from around the globe to develop standards for the UID program,” Dumont said. “By having quality standards, it makes it possible to have a valid database of 1.2 billion citizens.” With roughly 17% of the world's population, poor quality enrollments by substandard biometrics devices would only cause problems further down the line; problems a rollout of this magnitude cannot afford.

In Bolivia, biometrics devices are tested and rated before a purchase decision is made, according to Dumont. “For instance, in Bolivia, they tested and rated the 10 print (fingerprint) devices and chose the one with the best quality to assure that their registered voter's data was of good quality.” Whereas countries like Bolivia test products before making a decision, countries like China make assessments of companies before R&D for products can even begin. “In China, the government has strict requirements and standards for the official suppliers [of biometrics devices],” said Anna Liu, Marketing Manager at ZKTeco. “Suppliers need to pass a lot of assessments on the company size, production ability, and patents before they can start the R&D on national ID products.”

Smartphones Provide Renewed Interest in Biometrics
Although, biometrics technology is in no way new, it is only more recently that it has found more widespread use across different verticals. While government usage of biometrics is definitely helping to drive growth, many in the industry believe that commoditization of biometrics in the form of fingerprint identification in smartphones is the real growth driver.

“The main driving force as we see it is biometrics of different modalities making its ways to the public in the new generation of smartphones. This will commoditize usage, and while people learn about the possibilities and more openly embraces the technology, more synergies will be possible with national projects such as ID card rollouts as well as global projects such as payment cards,” said to Håkan Persson, CEO of Precise Biometrics. “When the citizen remains in control over their biometric information (as with a fingerprint stored in a smartphone's secure element), storing and matching the biometrics on a smart card ID will open up for new and stronger business opportunities.”

Kim Humborstad, CEO of Zwipe also noted the importance of biometrics in smartphones: “Since the integration of a fingerprint scanner on the iPhone 5s, the market has been buzzing about other applications, such as mobile banking, mobile payments, and government identification. In five years' time, you will see the biometric card with implementations in many different card segments both within the access control industry and outside.”

Fingers, Eyes, or Veins?
With the many different types of biometrics technology out there, including fingerprint, face, iris, palm prints, and vascular biometrics such as a finger vein or palm vein, what type a government chooses to deploy depends on several different factors. “In some countries, capturing two fingerprints will suffice while in others they want their database to contain multiple biometric modalities such as fingerprint, face capture, and iris capture,” Dumont explained. “In some cases the modality is chosen for hygiene reasons, choosing a non-touch modality such as iris where you can capture an iris without touching the citizen. In some cases where they have a high percentage of their population involved in heavy manual labor they choose either 10 fingerprints or vascular modalities because many times fingers are missing or the finger is so damaged that it's impossible to get a clear image.”

In light of increased implementation, concerns regarding privacy have only increased alongside. One way to address this issue is through the use of multimodal biometrics systems instead of uni-modal systems. The benefits of multimodal systems include the capability of using “more than one physiological or behavioral characteristic for identity verification and use technologies such as fingerprints, facial features, iris/retinal scans, and vein patterns in conjunction to provide highly secure and above average accuracy,” according to a report by ResearchMoz. Such a system helps to combat the “shortcomings of uni-modal systems such as fingerprints, faces, and iris/retinal recognition systems, as such systems in isolation can be susceptible to errors arising from non-uniform natural and other surrounding factors such as faulty data, human aging, light fluctuations, etc.” In addition, multimodal systems can more effectively prevent spoofing techniques used to hack biometric systems, as duplicating multiple biometric traits instead of just one is exponentially more difficult. For this reason, the adoption of multimodal systems by governments is expected to increase in popularity in the coming years.

Trends for the Future
While barriers, such as high cost and privacy issues, to adoption still exist for biometrics technology, the industry will continue to find ways to break through these walls. Furthermore, as governments find more uses for biometrics such as for voting, food rationing, vehicle registration, etc., and as more solutions come out allowing the holder to be in control of their biometric data, such as cards that store all the biometric data on the card itself and not in a database, giving end users more peace of mind, government applications for biometrics technology will only continue to facilitate and reduce the amount of end-user resistance to government biometrics projects.

 

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.

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