Face of the new security technology - the human face

September 99 Access Control & Identity Management

Services for Optical Fibre (SOF) has extended its range of products and services to computer-protected biometric identification systems and has introduced its new BioID - a biometric security solution for e-commerce, e-banking and networks.

"Please, say your name!" According to SOF's Dobek Pater, "With this simple request, BioID revolutionises the security standard on the Internet. Users will quickly appreciate the numerous benefits of this product as the BioID identification system recognises them on the basis of facial features, voice and lip movement within seconds, thereby making their everyday contact with computer-supported systems not only more secure, but also much simpler.

"In situations, where a person must normally enter either a PIN or a password - at a computer terminal or an ATM for instance - BioID requires merely a quick look into the camera lens and a spoken word," he says.

The increasing use of PINs and passwords presents very real security problems, since these can be copied so easily, even in supposedly secure environments, or simply guessed. Says Pater, "That is why multimodal biometric identification solutions will readily eliminate many of the problems associated with the use of PINs and passwords.

"With the combination of BioID, a digital signature and a smartcard, for example, a more reliable, more falsification-proof authentication solution is currently available for implementation. We believe that the demand for BioID will remain high for years to come in both Internet and intranet applications, and as far as access control in data and applications are concerned," adds Pater.

Maintains Pater, "Through its simplicity in implementation and user friendliness, BioID will soon figure prominently in the areas of e-business, e-commerce and electronic identification cards. Used in conjunction with the BioID smartcard, BioID protects e-business, supporting the HBCI home banking standard. In the area of e-commerce, BioID offers businesses the security and peace of mind that the virtual user sitting in front of a remote computer is really the person he claims to be."

Concludes Pater, "We believe that growing implementation of the BioID-based solutions by financial institutions and businesses will in turn spur acceptance of e-banking and e-commerce by an ever greater number of previously hesitant clients, as they come to realise that conducting transactions over the Internet can be much faster and safer than through conventional methods."

For details contact Services for Optical Fibre on tel: (011) 807 6199, fax: (011) 807 6684, sofsa@icon.co.za or visit www.sof.co.za

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