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ST chip to be used for notarized document security

Posted: 21 Jul 2003 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:stmicroelectronics? touchchip? fingerprint biometric technology?

The U.S.-based National Notary Association will secure its new electronic record-keeping system with fingerprint biometric technology based on STMicroelectronics TouchChip.

NNA President Milt Valera called the new system "a robust electronic defense against document fraud."

In addition to collecting electronic signatures, the new electronic notary log book, called Enjoa (the Electronic Notary Journal of Official Acts), captures the thumbprints and digital photos of those notarizing documents to secure the notarization process.

ST's TouchChip, already used in new notebook PCs by MPC (formerly MicronPC), is being combined with electronic-signature technologies from Interlink Electronics, Inc., an OEM partner for the association. More than 4.5 million notaries in the U.S. will be using the Enjoa system integrated with TouchChip.

ST's TouchChip is a capacitive sensor based on active capacitive pixel-sensing technology. ST claims its technology allows fingerprints to be securely captured and stored as electronic data in a fraction of a second.

Alan Kramer, director of STMicroelectronics' TouchChip business unit, said in a statement, "Enjoa, with integrated TouchChip sensors, provides a secure and convenient electronic protection system against document fraud to notaries public." ST also said its TouchChip can add more security, simply because fingerprint biometrics are virtually impossible to forge.

ST's TouchChip has already been shipped in about 500,000 units. It is used in notebook PCs to control BIOS security by allowing notebooks to boot only after the user's fingerprint has been verified. Other TouchChip applications include national ID cards used in Asia and other consumer products such as gun and door locks.

- Junko Yoshida

EE Times

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