Panasonic enters biometric market

July 2003 Access Control & Identity Management

Having confirmed the potential scope for biometrics on the South African market, Panasonic will begin launching iris recognition systems (IRS) mid-2003 for physical access, logical access and identification. IRS have excellent application in this country's mining and financial sectors, government, travel and transportation, healthcare and research facilities, manufacturing installations, as well as casino and other entertainment options.

So says Mags Anthony, director of Panasonic's CCVE Systems department, who believes that an IRS is an essential security system component in today's business environment. "The iris is a membrane located on the eyeball, the patterns of which are extremely complex and unique to each individual," explains Anthony. "Not only are the iris patterns extremely difficult to imitate, but they are easy to capture and extract data for identification purposes."

Two biometrics products from Panasonic will make their début, namely:

* BM-ET300 iris recognition camera system - this advanced tool combines high precision, faster identification and flexible system architecture to provide an accurate personal identification.

* BM-ET500 iris recognition access control system - boasts 'one glance' automatic iris recognition. The system automatically captures an image of the irises, encodes the data and compares this with stored iris data before either confirming the person's identity and granting access, or prohibiting entry. An in-built video camera allows the BM-ET500 to be integrated into existing security systems, also facilitating access and entry status monitoring applications.

For more information contact Mags Anthony, Panasonic CCVE, 086 117 7777.

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