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Interview with Ramsey Billups, Vice President Biometric Solutions, 3M Cogent
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So I think that the fastest growing market within biometrics within 3M Cogent is indeed the handheld mobile device where you are able to capture a fingerprint and perform a one-to-many search on the device itself or have the device transmit back to a larger and centralized AFIS to perform a one-to-many search on a watch list and obtain a response back in real time, real time being within 10-20 seconds. This is probably the fastest growing market right now within 3M Cogent.

fB: That leads well into my next question specifically around mobile identification which is critical for police forces around the world these days. Can you tell us a little bit more about the success of your mobile ID product suite?

3M: There are a couple of devices that we have right now. One is known as the BlueCheck© II. The BlueCheck© II is a relatively small device that weighs approximately 5 ounces, it’s ruggedized and it is FBI certified for 500 ppi. It has an optical sensor or it is PIV certified 500 ppi using a silicon sensor. With this device you can perform two types of searches, a capture of a fingerprint and a search directly on the device or you can transfer the fingerprints to a PDA or a laptop using Bluetooth technology. One of the features that we also provide is we have 3M Cogent software that runs on android, iOS and Blackberry operating systems in order to transmit the fingerprints to another device and perform the matching there. By design, 3M Cogent is agnostic in terms of the different types of devices that we can actually run our software on.

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findBIOMETRICS Year in Review 2012

This is our 10th Anniversary Year in Review and the response this year was our largest ever with 68 companies/industry experts responding to our questionnaire!

Thanks to all on our expert panel. This is the largest yearly global snapshot of our industry and over the past 10 years we have seen so many changes. The industry is entering into a serious growth phase right now. So many companies are reporting new markets, new verticals, new and innovative product lines, new partnerships and new deployments…several in the hundreds of millions of enrollees. There is a clear indication that GROWTH is where we are heading over the next 5 years. I can’t wait to see what the Identity and Biometrics world will look like then.

We received responses from Canada, Spain, Russia, China, Ireland, Brazil, Hong Kong, Sweden, Germany, UK, Israel, France, Korea, The Netherlands, Taiwan, Lithuania, Singapore, Japan, Italy, Malaysia and the USA.

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BIO-key(R) International, Inc. Awarded Over $1M in Orders From Leading Healthcare Technology Providers & Blood Centers

BIO-key International, Inc. ( OTCBB : BKYI ), a global leader in fingerprint biometric identification solutions and advanced mobile identification technology, today reported that the Company received orders in excess of $1 million from healthcare and blood center customers in the fourth quarter of 2012. Orders for new business included expanded services and technologies for several hospitals, reaching agreements with two blood centers to install BIO-key's TruDonor ID and sales developed through growing OEM relationships.

"In 2012 we made a significant investment to enhance our position in the healthcare market, a market that will remain strong with the mandated electronic health records initiatives and incentives," said Mike DePasquale, BIO-key CEO. "Healthcare has natural drivers for our technology; such as the need for physicians to offer a second factor of authentication when processing ePrescriptions. Fingerprint biometrics has been approved by the DEA and every state Board of Pharmacy as an accepted form of two-factor authentication. The National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST), which sets the standards for DEA compliance, recently tested and rated finger biometric software and BIO-key achieved top scores for speed and accuracy positioning us as the leader in compliance and convenience for healthcare organizations."

Today, BIO-key technology is utilized by thousands of hospitals nationwide to access electronic health records, process ePrescriptions and to provide secure access to drug cabinets. Additionally, in the fourth quarter 2012, BIO-key reached an agreement to provide TruDonor ID to its sixth blood center customer, expanding the Company's footprint to include over 2 million licensed donor enrollments. Delivering donor ID solutions for blood centers is the precursor to providing hospitals and healthcare practices with compliant and secure Patient ID solutions as they seek to meet their "Meaningful Use" requirements.

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Human Recognition Systems Deploy MTrust Mobile Biometric Identification for UKBA Tier 4 Compliance

Human Recognition Systems has successfully deployed its identity registration platform, MTrust™, for a new customer in the education sector to help ensure compliance with the UK Border Agency’s (UKBA) Tier 4 regulations for international student sponsorship.

Leveraging rugged, handheld touchscreen devices with an integrated fingerprint reader, MTrust™ is the first solution of its kind to offer a truly mobile enrolment and identification capability; ideal for the classroom environment to capture student attendance information during teaching sessions and to alert operators of unauthorised non-attendance information required for UKBA compliance.

Biometric technology is used to accurately identify individuals in attendance in real-time, removing the need for manual, paper-based registers which are prone to error and often require additional administration after the teaching session has ended. The fingerprint data captured during enrolment is used solely for the purpose of registering an identity within the MTrust™ platform and is not shared with any external systems.

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