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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.

Suprema, ENTERTECH SYSTEMS announces strategic partnership with ProdataKey

Suprema, ENTERTECH SYSTEMS announces strategic partnership with ProdataKey

Editor / Provider: ENTERTECH SYSTEMS | Updated: 6/4/2014 | Article type: Security 50

ENTERTECH SYSTEMS, the official operating partner for Suprema in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland and Puerto Rico, has just announced a strategic partnership with ProdataKey, a wireless smart access control products innovator. ProdataKey will offer Suprema biometric products to their integration partners and through their network of national and international distribution channels.

ENTERTECH SYSTEMS' BioConnect application will be integrated with ProdataKey's smartaccessTM platform to seamlessly sync users between the access control panel and the biometric template. Now businesses will no longer have to manage user records in two different systems; one simple enrollment window lets them search for a user/badge and easily add biometric templates.

“ProdataKey's IP based smartaccess platform is the perfect complement to Suprema's ultra-secure biometric identity product line,” said Evan Tree, CEO of ProdataKey. “Combining our technology with Suprema biometric products and the BioConnect application means we can offer a fully integrated, end-to-end solution with unparalleled security, while enhancing ease of use and reducing cost of ownership with our long-range, mesh wireless access control platform.”

The Suprema line of biometric devices, which includes fingerprint detection, card and PIN readers as well as ENTERTECH SYSTEMS' BioConnect application, will be sold and supported through ProdataKey's authorized partner network. Applicable Suprema readers include BioStation T2, BioStation, BioEntry Plus, BioEntry W, BioLite Net and BioMini.

“Partnering with ProdataKey is a strategic step for us,” said Rob Douglas, CEO of ENTERTECH SYSTEMS. “ProdataKey is the only company offering a long-range mesh wireless network of IP devices that can control up to 1,000 doors and we believe their integration of BioConnect and Suprema biometric devices takes ENTERTECH SYSTEMS further into the growing wireless market.”

As the first truly wireless commercial access control platform on the market, ProdataKey uses a self-healing wireless mesh platform and an open architecture that will accept any standard Wiegand input and requires no dedicated PC. Easily expandable without any licensing fees, the ProdataKey wireless access control system is the most cost-effective solution on the market today.

“Fundamentally, both companies have like-minded missions – to overcome the major obstacles to mainstream adoption of security and biometric technologies,” said Douglas. “Smartaccess provides substantial savings to both end user and integrator, and allows them to scale a system to cover virtually any size of structure or campus of structures, along with outbuildings and gates. And they can do it all without installing long cable runs or digging trenches.”

ENTERTECH SYSTEMS' biometrics for IP access control systems and workforce management solutions are purpose-built to overcome the three main obstacles to mainstream adoption: cost, complexity and on-boarding users. The company's highly responsive, results-driven technical services team works with the certified partner network to ensure complete customer satisfaction.

6 must-see RFID deployments for access control at Secutech 2014

6 must-see RFID deployments for access control at Secutech 2014

Editor / Provider: Editorial Dept. | Updated: 3/21/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

Radio-frequency identification (RFID) has been commonly used for diverse deployments in different verticals in order to reach better efficiency and security. In this RFID special feature, asmag.com is going to introduce 6 RFID devices made for a series of access control applications produced by HUNDURE, MIDASEC, PROWELL (QUEENLOCK), SETTLER, SES SOLUTIONS, and SYRIS at Secutech 2014.

HUNDURE presented the intercom access controller - ideal to be installed in the public areas in residential building or office - combining access control, intercom, and emergency button altogether; MIDASEC, on the other hand, delivered badge transmitter targeting garage and roller door. SETTLER and SYRIS both offered systems superb for the entrance of office, private residence, and hotel elevator. Another system for residence is from PROWELL, highlighting on the 4-in-one function: fingerprint, access code, mifare card, and manual key. Last but not least, SES SOLUTIONS displayed ultra-thin card which can be deployed not only for access control, but also contactless payment in theme park and customized poker cards for gaming industry.

See more information: 6 must-see RFID deployments for access control at Secutech 2014

Morpho and Identity One provide biometric system in harsh railroad environments

Morpho and Identity One provide biometric system in harsh railroad environments

Editor / Provider: Morpho(Safran) | Updated: 5/14/2014 | Article type: Security 50

MorphoTrak, a Morpho (Safran) company based in the U.S., has partnered with Identity One as integrator to deliver a seamless biometric access and time & attendance system to a large North American freight railroad network company.

With the new integrated system, this company now enjoys improved security, as well as streamlined human resource and access control processes. From a single enrollment, an employee's secured biometric record is distributed for access control, time & attendance and compliance applications. In harsh industries such as this, only high performance biometric technology is effective due to the condition of workers' fingerprints.

“This seamless integration has achieved a very high return on investment and a high-level of user acceptance, in an industry where all other competitor fingerprint devices failed,” explains Gary Jones, Director of the Biometric Access & Time Solutions Business Unit.

“Properly deployed, biometric technology can offer a rapid return on investment, increased security and improved workflow efficiency,” says David Smith, president and CEO of Identity One. “One of our areas of expertise lies in biometric solutions specifically designed for railroads.”

More than 250 Outdoor MorphoAccess 520 (OMA 520) biometric readers were deployed across the continental United States over a 6 month period. This easy to maintain and operate solution includes custom web-based enrollment at over 70 locations and deep integration into existing human resource and payroll systems. Tough and sturdy, with an IP65 weatherproof rating, the OMA 520 is ideal for the railroad industry. For particularly harsh, cold conditions the OMA 520 can be supplied with a built-in heater for extreme low temperatures.

Suprema and ENTERTECH SYSTEMS expanded partnership to UK and Ireland

Suprema and ENTERTECH SYSTEMS expanded partnership to UK and Ireland

Editor / Provider: Suprema | Updated: 5/2/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Suprema, a global provider of technology in biometrics and security, announced with ENTERTECH SYSTEMS an expanded partnership that now includes the United Kingdom and Ireland. ENTERTECH SYSTEMS is not only the new official operating partner in the UK market but also continues operating in the US, Canada, and Puerto Rico, delivering Suprema biometric products and applications for use with access control systems and workforce management solutions.

“Suprema is pleased to expand our partnership with ENTERTECH SYSTEMS to now include the United Kingdom and Ireland,” says Young S. Moon, Vice President, Suprema “Their technical support team has an established track record of being very responsive, results-driven and are well-equipped to work with our local customers in the United Kingdom and Ireland to ensure complete customer satisfaction. And the new partnership is also expected to deliver an enhanced level of support amongst our local partners in the country.”

In 2013, ENTERTECH SYSTEMS won the Suprema Best Global Partner Award – the highest recognition awarded annually among Suprema's global partner network; their well-known customer service focus is one of the key reasons they have been chosen as Suprema's official operating partner in the UK and Ireland.

“We are proud to be the official Suprema operating partner in the United Kingdom and Ireland and to be backed by Suprema, the premier provider of next-generation IP access control and the global market leader in biometric access control,” says Rob Douglas, CEO of ENTERTECH SYSTEMS.

In the UK, ENTERTECH SYSTEMS offers Suprema's line of biometric devices in all of their markets, including fingerprint recognition, face recognition, card and PIN readers. Based in Birmingham, ENTERTECH SYTEMS will be working closely with Norbain SD, a distributor of Suprema's technology and products in the UK security market, which is one of Europe's most successful distributors of CCTV, IP Video, access control and intruder detection equipment.

“The unique combination of Suprema biometric products and expert support services from ENTERTECH SYSTEMS will help increase the local technical expertise in biometrics that we can offer Norbain customers.” said Gareth Ellams, Divisional Director of Business Development at Norbain.

“This expansion is the result of our success in North America, and the unique value BioConnect has delivered to our access control partners. BioConnect is an application that provides a seamless synchronization between Suprema devices and leading access control systems, enabling easy biometric integration into existing and future deployments. Expanding our service base to the United Kingdom and Ireland and having our expert technical team available locally means we can better serve our partners and customers, many of whom have operations in both regions.” adds Douglas.

Suprema live scanners used for Uganda voter registration

Suprema live scanners used for Uganda voter registration

Editor / Provider: Suprema | Updated: 4/29/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Suprema, a global provider of technology in biometrics and identification, announced it provides Uganda several thousand RealScan-G10 live scanners for citizen voter identification.

The liver scanners will be used for voter registration in the run up to the presidential elections, which are due to take place in 2016. The first supply has been the enrolment process commenced in April 2014.

“Suprema is very proud to provide its RealScan-G10, for Uganda's National Voter Registration Project.” said Young S. Moon, Vice President, Suprema Inc. “We expect the biometrics enrolment of citizens will allow the Ugandan authorities to increase efforts to better protect the identity of citizens additionally to registering them as voters.”

RealScan-G10 is a compact live scanner for single and ten-print capture. Suprema's advanced optical technology allows high-speed image capturing and seamless image processing. The IP54-rated dust and water resistant housing makes it suitable for indoor and mobile environments. With its proven reliability and FBI certification, RealScan-G10 is widely used for civil and criminal applications around the globe.

The project is being delivered by a Suprema global partner and authentication specialist, Zetes. Zetes has previously deployed biometric electoral and identification projects in several Africa countries including the Democratic Republic of Congo, Togo, Cape Verde, Burundi, Gabon and Chad, etc.

Morpho joins FIDO Alliance to revolutionize online authentication

Morpho joins FIDO Alliance to revolutionize online authentication

Editor / Provider: Morpho (Safran) | Updated: 4/15/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Morpho (Safran) has recently joined the FIDO (Fast IDentity Online) Alliance, an industry consortium delivering standards for simpler, stronger authentication during online transactions.

“As a leader in secure identity management, we are delighted to join the digital industry's most innovative players in revolutionizing online authentication.”

Members of the alliance commit to sharing technology and collaborating on the development of open specifications that enable FIDO-compliant authentication methods to be interoperable, more secure, private and easy to use. FIDO addresses the need to develop a viable alternative to passwords.

To create a secure online ecosystem, FIDO specifications support a wide range of authentication technologies, platforms and mobile devices. By joining the FIDO alliance, Morpho will bring its expertise in authentication technologies such as biometrics (fingerprint, iris and facial recognition), Near Field Communication, Trusted Platform Modules (TPM) and secure elements (SIM cards, smart cards, USB tokens), as well as in innovative mobile devices and secure e-service platforms.

As a member, Morpho will offer FIDO-compliant products enabling banks, online service providers and mobile network operators to provide more convenient and secure access to online services.

“Morpho will contribute to FIDO's vision of more secure and convenient online authentication for a broad range of identity and payment applications. We are delighted to welcome Morpho as a Sponsor member and look forward to drawing upon their expertise in biometrics and protecting identity data,” said Michael Barrett, president of the FIDO Alliance.

“As a leader in secure identity management, we are delighted to join the digital industry's most innovative players in revolutionizing online authentication,” stated Thomas Chenevier, Senior Vice President, Products and Innovation at Morpho. “Joining the FIDO Alliance is a natural move for Morpho at a time when we are expanding our e-service offering.”

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