Fingerprint authentication security in laptops

August 2001 Access Control & Identity Management

To bring the convenience and security of biometrics to an increasingly mobile workforce, Identix has introduced BioTouch, a completely self-contained mobile fingerprint verification system that fits into a laptop's PCMCIA slot.

BioTouch secures a portable PC and its contents by controlling access using Identix' BioLogon security software to restrict access to enterprise and Internet applications. The user simply presses a button on the side of the computer (just like a modem port) and out slides the fingerprint reader.

The user touches a finger to the small optical sensor and the finger is matched. Only pre-registered fingerprints are permitted access to a BioTouch-equipped device and its contents. No external cables are required.

"Fingerprint authentication to secure laptops and all confidential information stored therein is a fundamental security requirement," explains Bill Spence, Vice President of Marketing, Identix Security Division. "This application symbolises the increasing integration of the IT and security departments. BioTouch is a cost-effective, simple-to-use solution for the ever-growing problem of laptop and data theft. Armed with BioTouch and BioLogon software, organisations can be rest assured that, in the event of theft, their data will be inaccessible."

BioTouch PC cards are bundled with BioLogon 2.0 Client for Windows, which delivers speed, accuracy and flexibility. The BioLogon 2.0 software suite supports Windows 95, 98 and NT4 operating systems. It provides a range of functionality, including standalone and network logon, data encryption and decryption, application locking, a biometrically secure password bank and multilayered security for use with smartcards.

For further details contact Hi-Tec Lab on tel: (011) 958 0703, e-mail:

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