Fingerprint recognition system

August 2001 Access Control & Identity Management

Guardware Systems recently introduced a secure and tested fingerprint recognition system. Ron Hammon, of Elmer Communication Systems which represents Guardware Systems in South Africa, comments that while several methods of biometric identification have been researched, "nothing is as developed or as foolproof as fingerprints". He explains that the Guardware Systems fingerprint recognition system captures fingerprint minutiae at more than 30 points to create an algorithm which is encoded and embedded either within a smartcard or a personal computer run on Windows NT.

The Guardware Systems optical scanners which read the fingerprints are equipped with a patented and unique 'Live and Well' biosensor to detect any finger replica with which intruders may try to beat the system. Hammon adds that the ATM (automated cash machine) application of this system also offers greater security than is enjoyed at present. "If one is under duress to withdraw money, one can proffer a pre-selected finger that triggers a silent alarm, for example," he says.

Other applications

Other applications include capturing an electoral voters' roll and giving positive identity to voters, thus preventing duplication of votes.

For details contact Ron Hammon of Elmer Communications on tel: (011) 706 0106.





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