Speble introduces iGuard FPS110,the first Web-based biometric access control and T&A System.

Dec '99 Access Control & Identity Management

Speble, specifiers, designers and implementers of RFID, LonWorks and industrial systems, in the transport, building automation and security industries, has introduced iGuard FPS110, the first Web-based biometric access control and T&A system.

iGuard FPS110 is a new biometrics (fingerprint identification) access control and time attendance system for business. Rather than using the traditional optical fingerprint scanner, it uses the most advanced capacitive fingerprint sensor for fingerprint acquisition, to achieve the highest fingerprint-identification results in the industry.

Unlike other security systems, the new iGuard FPS110 incorporates an embedded Web server, which enables all computers, such as Apple Macintosh, PCs and Unix machines, in the corporate computer network to set up, maintain and access the information of the device simultaneously using the well-known Internet browser.

Security applications

Businesses, such as banks, financial institutes and law firms, must control employees’ access to the business premises, and must ensure that the individual is actually the authorised person. Other business sectors, like manufacturers, also want to keep track of the attendance records of their employees and workers.

Today, business use a variety of security systems to achieve the purposes, such as the traditional systems that use passwords or security access cards. However, there is simply no foolproof way to make these traditional systems completely safe from unauthorised intrusion. Passwords and ID badges can be stolen, and users can give their passwords and badges to others, resulting in a system that is far too open to far too many people, making the system inherently too insecure.

How it works – as an access control system

iGuard FPS110 analyses and compares a person’s fingerprint against the previously enrolled record. If the two fingerprints match, the person is authenticated. And if the time is within the authorised period for entry, the device will signal and release the electric door lock. Typically, a simple 3-step process is effected.

Step 1: Enter the employee ID.

Step 2: Place the thumb on the sensor.

Step 3: The door is unlocked if authenticated.

How it works – as a time and attendance system

When configured as a time and attendance system, a user can specify whether he/she is clocking in or clocking out. By using fingerprint to determine identity, buddy-punching problems can be totally eliminated.

Built-in Web server module

The built-in Web server enables all the computers in the corporate network to directly access the device via any Internet browser, such as Microsoft Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator. The computers are platform-independent, and different computer platforms such as Apple Macintosh, Microsoft Windows and Unix machines can access the device. No additional software is required.

Built-in database server module

The built-in database server allows all these computers to query the information of the device, and can easily retrieve the various reports via the Internet browser, such as the transaction logs, attendance reports, time sheets and more. All the information is realtime information, instead of week-old or day-old data. In contrast, other systems must use dedicated computers running special proprietary software to retrieve the information, and usually dedicated persons are required to perform the jobs.

Solid-state, silicon-based capacitive fingerprint sensor

Instead of using the traditional optical scanner, iGuard FPS110 is the first fingerprint biometrics security system that uses the most advanced solid-state, silicon-based capacitive fingerprint sensor from Veridicom. The new fingerprint sensor features enhanced imaging capabilities, electrostatic discharge (ESD) performance and improved ruggedness to provide superior levels of accuracy and reliability for fingerprint authentication.

When a finger contacts the iGuard FPS110 sensor surface, the sensor measures the capacitance at each pixel in the 300 x 300 array in the sensor’s surface. Differences in capacitance correspond to the ridges, valleys and pores that characterise a unique fingerprint.

The new fingerprint sensor eliminates the limitations of optical scanners, including edge distortion, low-image resolution, scratched platens, misaligned optics and bulky size. It is also unaffected by day to day fingerprint variations such as cuts, swelling and dirt.

For details contact Stef Du Plessis of Speble Identification International on tel: (011) 254 8420 or e-mail:stefd@speble.co.za

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