Fujitsu Frontech North America, a provider of IT-based business solutions, including advanced technology products, biometric security and digital media solutions, announced the integration of its palm vein biometric authentication technology with the Crystal IT access control system. The joint solution combines biometrics and RFID technologies to deliver unmatched endpoint security for individual workstations, preventing unauthorized user access, protecting propriety information and eliminating passwords, all while reducing administrative costs and ensuring regulatory compliance.
“At a time when internal security breaches are surpassing external threats to corporate and government networks, the need for comprehensive authentication and access control has never been greater,” said Vic Herring, VP of Sales and Marketing, Fujitsu Frontech North America. “The integration of the biometric technology with access control provides enterprises with a level of endpoint security for individual workstations and the network at large while streamlining password management processes. Together we are helping customers protect their information and intellectual property with the authentication and access control tools available today.”
The Fujitsu biometric technology is an identity management tool with software that integrates with third-party access control solutions. The sensor uses a near-IR light to capture a person's palm vein pattern, generating a unique biometric template that is matched against preregistered users' palm vein patterns. This contactless technology rapidly generates accurate authentication that is virtually impossible to forge, leaves no biometric trace behind and produces low false-positive and false-negative rates.
The Crystal IT access control system leverages both biometrics and active RFID technologies to provide two-factor authentication and access control for individual workstations. A radio frequency badge is assigned to each individual user and the user's palm is scanned. Vein patterns are recognized, encrypted, assigned and stored along with the user's badge information. When a user requests access to a workstation, his/her badge and palm vein information are checked against stored information for registered users. If the badge and biometric signature are authenticated, the terminal unlocks. By utilizing palm technology for authentication, users are no longer required to remember passwords, thereby eliminating threats posed by misplaced passwords and reducing cost associated with creating and reassigning new login credentials.
In addition, the access control meets the next generation of access control protocols by going beyond granting initial access to actually oversee and manage user sessions in real time. When an active user walks away from a workstation, the session is terminated automatically and the workstation locks without the need for any user intervention. Upon return and reauthentication, that user's previous screen reappears without interruption. If a different authorized user approaches the workstation in the interim and authenticates their presence with a biometric signature, the previous user is logged out and the computer will log in the new authorized user. This dynamic security layer eliminates the risk of network and information exposure by ensuring that unattended systems, sessions and applications are never left open and unsecure.
“Crystal IT identified deficiencies in first-generation access control systems and developed a solution utilizing technologies that not only grant access, but also continue to validate user's presence throughout a given session,” said Johl Kennedy, Co-Founder and CIO of Crystal IT. “The result is access control that actually controls access in real time and on an ongoing basis.”
“To ensure unauthorized access to individual workstations and corporate data, the responsibility of locking unattended systems and managing passwords should be taken out of users' hands and placed in the technology where it belongs,” said Frederick Kloecker, cofounder and CEO of Crystal IT. “The combination of Crystal IT access control and the Fujitsu biometric technology offers organizations a level of security that is hard to match and almost impossible to replicate. Together, we are helping our customers meet a critical need for strong authentication, comprehensive access control and compliance with a host of industry regulations while simplifying the security process and improving employee workflow.”