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Biometric ID platform secures smart phones

Posted: 27 Jul 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:biometric identification? mobile devices? smart phone?

Finger-based biometric identification solutions provider BIO-key International Inc. reveals a mobile biometric identification and authentication platform. The platform provides enterprises with the ability to capture and transmit fingerprint biometric data to a secure server for identity and authentication of smart phone, laptop, tablet and desktop users.

"We live in a world with 24 by 7 access to information from mobile devices. Application providers and enterprise IT professionals have been struggling with how they can quickly, conveniently and accurately establish the identity of remote users looking to access their sites and applications," said Mike DePasquale, CEO, BIO-key International. "With the anticipated ubiquity of fingerprint enabled smart phones such as the LG eXpo, the first such smart phone introduced in the US market, enterprise application providers now have a more secure and convenient alternative to passwords for their remote users to establish their identity."

BIO-key is a gold level member of the Oracle Partner Network. "The fact that BIO-key's software is interoperable with numerous fingerprint readers is an important feature for Oracle because it enables enterprises to more easily establish identity remotely on a variety of devicesfrom laptops to tablets to cellphones," said Darren Calman, director of product management, Oracle Identity & Access Management. "Software that can enroll, identify and verify mobile users is critical to our customers with today's work force."

According to IDC's May 2010 Worldwide Mobile Phone Quarterly Tracker report, growth in the smart phone market more than doubled that of the overall mobile phone market in Q1 2010, with vendors shipping 54.7 million units, up 56.7 percent year-on-year.

Beyond passwords

"Cellphone manufacturers recognize that passwords and PIN codes are not sufficient to secure a cellphone user's personal data or provide secure access to company networks and servers. Over 10 million mobile phones have now added fingerprint readers from AuthenTec into manufacturers' various models to take advantage of the convenient security, personalization and touch control combined with very low solution implementation cost and we see deployments continuing to grow," said Larry Ciaccia, president, AuthenTec, a leading provider of security, identity management and touch control solutions.

"The BIO-key fingerprint biometric software protects user privacy while providing a convenient and significantly more secure alternative to passwords and tokens for a person remotely accessing an enterprise application. With the simple touch of a finger and without the need for other forms of identification, BIO-key's identification software can quickly search an enterprise database of authorized users to positively establish the identity of a remote user," added Ronald Black, chairman and CEO, UPEK, a provider of enterprise and consumer biometric fingerprint solutions.

"Smart phones provide enterprise users with further flexibility to access applications and information from virtually anywhere and at anytime;" commented Rob Baxter, CEO, Validity Inc., a leading provider of convenient, secure and reliable fingerprint authentication solutions. "BIO-key's biometric enterprise identification platform ensures quick and secure identification of enterprise users from any device running on any platform without the inconvenience of typing passwords, and giving enterprises the reliability and security to include smart phones as part of their IT solution," he added.

DePasquale concluded, "For years our fingerprint biometric identity solutions have been running in retail, financial, healthcare, education and civil applications using laptops, tablets and desktops equipped with fingerprint readers to authenticate the identity of users. Now, with the proliferation of smart phones, BIO-key has a fast, secure and convenient identity and authentication solution for businesses that need to establish the identity of smart phone users before giving them access to applications and critical information."

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