Biometrics Fingerprint Readers for ID and Access Control
Fingerprint readers take impressions of the friction ridges of the skin on the underside of the tip of the fingers. Fingerprints are used to identify you and are unique and different to everyone and do not change over time. Even identical twins who share their DNA do not have the same fingerprints.
Police and Government agencies have used these modes of identifying humans for many years but other agencies are starting to use biometric fingerprint readers for identification in many different applications.
Fingerprints are formed when the friction ridges of the skin come in contact with a surface that is receptive to a print by using an agent to form the print like perspiration, oil, ink, grease, etc. The agent is transferred to the surface and leaves an impression which forms the fingerprint.
There are several methods of biometric fingerprinting. A livescan devise basically reads or photographs fingerprints by measuring the physical difference between ridges and valleys. The procedure for capturing a fingerprint using a sensor consists of rolling or touching with the finger onto a sensing area, capturing the difference between valleys and ridges using a reader.
In order to “lift” latent prints it is necessary to use a developer like a powder or chemical reagent to develop or produce a high degree of visual contrast between ridge patterns and the surface on which it was left. There are many different types of chemicals used in developing fingerprints and choosing one depends on the agent used to make the fingerprint.
There are advances in the industry to form an SKP fingerprinting technique which is non-contact and does not require the use of developers, has the potential to allow fingerprints to be retrieved while still leaving intact any material that could subsequently be subjected to DNA analysis.
Besides forensic agencies, many companies are turning to fingerprint readers to identify employees and potential security threats, as in airports and government agencies. Military personnel records will contain scans of fingerprints or toe prints to identify bodies in trauma scenes and possible situations where fire victims’ fingerprints have been burned.
The computer hardware industry has used fingerprint readers / scanners for years and the automotive industry is starting to catch on to the idea to identify their owners.
Other arenas where fingerprinting is starting to make an impression are in schools in the UK and are making their way to the US are used for electronic registration, cashless catering and library access.
Whatever the application, fingerprints are the most commonly used forensic evidence worldwide. With many advances in the industry year after year, we will be seeing more fingerprint readers for identification in our daily lives as time moves on.
Lumidigm has developed and deployed a fingerprint sensor that uses multispectral imaging to capture superior images quickly, on all people, in all environmental conditions. The Lumidigm platform also provides award-winning “liveness” protection. With commercial partners, venture funding, and government sponsors, Lumidigm provides identity management for civil identification, point-of-sale, physical and logical access, and portable electronic device applications. Products & services: Biometric Sensors and Detectors, Fingerprint Readers, Border Control / Airports, Consumer / Residential Biometrics, Fingerprint and Biometric Locks, Justice / Law Enforcement, Logical Access Control, Mobile Biometrics, Other Uses of Biometrics, Physical Access Control, Time and Attendance.
3M Cogent is a leading provider of Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems, or AFIS, and other fingerprint biometric solutions to governments, corporations, law enforcement agencies and other organizations worldwide. Our solutions enable customers to capture fingerprint images electronically, encode fingerprints into searchable files and accurately compare a set of fingerprints to a database containing potentially millions of fingerprints in seconds. Products & services: Fingerprint Readers, Hand Readers & Finger Scanners, Smart Cards, Physical Access Control, Justice / Law Enforcement, Time and Attendance, HealthCare Biometrics, Border Control / Airports, Financial and Transactional, Mobile Biometrics, Consumer / Residential Biometrics, Other Uses of Biometrics.
Morpho (Safran group) is the world leader in multi-biometric technologies – fingerprint, iris and face -, a global leader in the fields of smart cards and identification systems. Our solutions meet a wide range of security needs for individuals, businesses and governments worldwide, including identity management, physical and logical access control. Product and Services: Fingerprint, Airports/Border Control, Financial/Transactional and HealthCare/HIPAA.
Smartmatic is a multinational company that designs and deploys technological solutions aimed at helping governments to fulfill, in the most efficient way, their commitments toward their citizens. With a wide and proven experience in the United States, Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, Smartmatic is an important cutting-edge technology supplier for Governments. Smartmatic has more than 600 employees worldwide, with offices in the U.S, United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Belgium, Mexico, Barbados, Brazil, Panama, Venezuela, Philippines, India and Taiwan. For more information, please visit www.smartmatic.com Products & Services: Fingerprint Readers, Facial Recognition, Biometrics Consultants, Iris Scanner & Recognition, Voice / Speech Recognition, Border, Justice, Other, Physical Justice / Law Enforcement, Border Control, Physical Access Control, Other
manageID powers person-centric identity, credentialing and access management (ICAM) solutions worldwide. manageID Framework, a single open ecosystem, and add-on application modules are delivering significant discriminators and benefits to border management, law enforcement, military, intelligence, elections, and other customers. manageID is certified for classified networks and also operational in the cloud.
Green Bit has been in the market space since 1997 and is headquartered in Turin (Italy). It designs, manufactures and markets a complete line of FBI certified fingerprint readers ranging from single finger, dual/rolled, 10-prints up to Palm-Livescans for Law Enforcement and ID Management markets. A slim organization combined with an unequalled flexibility to develop custom solutions for biometric enrollment applications, providing a competitive edge to our customers which is proven by a long track record of successful installations all across the world. Green Bit is acting globally with subsidiaries in the US, Kazakhstan and China. Products & Services: Fingerprint Readers, Border Control / Airports, Justice / Law Enforcement .
SecuGen is a world-leading designer and developer of high quality, accurate, rugged, and affordable optical fingerprint recognition technology. We offer FBI- and STQC-certified fingerprint sensors, including the Hamster™ line of fingerprint readers, as well as MINEX-compliant biometric algorithms and developer kits for a wide range of applications. Products and Services: Border/Airport Control, Financial & Transactional, Logical Access, Physical Access, Mobile, Fingerprint Readers.
Anviz Global Inc. is a pioneering company in the intelligent-biometric security industry. The U.S.-based company specializes in Biometrics, RFID and Surveillance devices. The company has been providing solutions to a broad range of partners in commercial, industrial, and governmental sectors. In all, Anviz’s network of partners and consumers consists of over 160 million users and spans 100 countries. Products and Services: Logical Access Control, Physical Access Control, Time and Attendance, Facial Recognition, Fingerprint Readers, Iris Scanners & Recognition
Crossmatch Technologies is a leading global provider of biometric identity management systems, applications and enabling technologies to governments, law enforcement agencies and businesses around the world. Offerings include biometric technologies capable of wireless, mobile or stationary use that encompass fingerprint, palm and full-hand scanners, facial recognition systems, iris scanning technology, document readers, biometric software, and related services. Products & Services: Border Control, Facial Recognition, Financial/Transactional, Fingerprint Readers, Hand Readers, Healthcare, Iris Scanners, Justice/Law Enforcement, Middleware Software, Mobile Biometrics, Other.
NEC has been at the forefront of defining leading-edge biometric identification solutions for over 40 years. NEC’s identification technologies include finger/palm print, DNA and face recognition solutions. NEC has developed some of the world’s largest and most complex identification infrastructure projects for government and law enforcement. Our mission is to help government and businesses use technology to build a safer environment for life and work. Products & Services: Fingerprint Readers, Mobile Biometrics, Facial Recognition, Justice/Law Enforcement, Financial and Transactional, Border Control/Airports, Healthcare Biometrics, Multi-modal Biometrics, Logical Access Control, Physical Access Control
ZKTeco is a leading global developer and manufacturer of security and time management solutions headquartered in Shenzhen. It is subdivided into 5 business segment/divisions–ZKSoftware, ZKAccess, ZKiVision, ZKBiolock and ZKAFIS. Its products range from Multi-biometric and RFTD identification Time & Attendance solutions to Access Control solutions like IP-based standalone access control, networked access control panel, readers, and tripod turnstile, from IP Cameras and total surveillance solutions to consumer products, such as intelligent biometric lock, RFID hotel lock. ZKAFIS is engaging in providing economic and reliable AFIS solutions. Products and Services: Biometric Sensors and Detectors, Fingerprint Readers, Facial Recognition, Middleware / Software, Consumer / Residential Biometrics, Fingerprint and Biometric Locks, Logical Access Control, Mobile Biometrics , Other Uses of Biometrics, Physical Access Control, Time and Attendance.
IDtech360 is dedicated to offering clients the latest advancements in accountable identity control solutions. Offering a full suite of access and identity management security products based on the latest fingerprint, iris and facial biometric technologies, IDtech360 provides hardware and software systems that offer significantly greater accountability and control beyond the process of verifying and granting access to cards or tokens alone. Our technologies are field proven, multi-modal and meet the challenging needs of both private and public sector clients who look to know the answer to “who” with a higher degree of certainty. IDtech360 is headquartered in Homewood, Alabama and serves clients across the globe. For more information, visit www.idtech360.com. Product & Services: Fingerprint Readers, Iris Scanners, Facial Recognition, Mobile Biometrics, Physical Access.
ENTERTECH SYSTEMS, the exclusive Suprema Agent for USA, Canada and Puerto Rico, is the distribution, operating and support center you can rely on. We are purpose-built to make biometric technologies available for mainstream adoption. Our systems approach to Access Control and Time & Attendance removes three main obstacles to mass market adoption of biometric systems: Cost, Complexity, and On Boarding Users. We have a wide range of products, coupled with one central software platform, the deepest commercial biometric access control expertise and ‘template in the cloud’ capability. This provides integrators with the tools they need to overcome the three main obstacles and compete successfully on projects where ‘true identity traceability’ really matters for customers.
Products & Services: HealthCare Biometrics, Physical Access Control, Time and Attendance, Fingerprint Readers
MorphoTrak, recently named Biometrics Company of the Year by Frost & Sullivan, provides biometric and identity management solutions to a broad array of markets in the U.S. including law enforcement, border control, driver licenses, civil identification, and facility/IT security. L-1 has been acquired by Morpho, and is now part of Morpho, Safran’s security division. Reporting to Morpho, MorphoTrak is part of the world’s largest biometric company and leading innovator in large fingerprint identification systems, facial and iris recognition, as well as secure credentials. For more information, visit www.morphotrak.com. Products & services: Biometric Sensors and Detectors, Facial Recognition, Fingerprint Readers, Iris Scanners & Recognition, Smart Cards, Border Control / Airports, Consumer / Residential Biometrics, Justice / Law Enforcement, Logical Access Control, Mobile Biometrics, Other Uses of Biometrics, Physical Access Control, Time and Attendance, Hand Readers & Finger Scanners, Middleware/Software, Vein Recognition.
BIO-key (OTC Bulletin Board: BKYI), provides biometric identification solutions that scale to any size application. Our superior matching technology is compatible with EVERY major fingerprint reader manufacturer. BIO-key application engineers are available to assist in identifying the most appropriate fingerprint reader(s) to meet you application needs. Partnering with vertical solution providers, OEMs, and integrators, BIO-key delivers convenient, cost-effective and easy-to-deploy solutions to identify and authenticate individuals. BIO-key’s strong authentication is the ideal choice to satisfy industry regulations including HIPAA and FSTC, or to establish user identities as part of an audit trail. NIST ranks BIO-key in the top tier of MINEX and SDK performers. Products & services: Fingerprint Readers, Logical Access Control, HealthCare Biometrics, Border Control / Airports, Financial and Transactional, Mobile Biometrics.
Aware provides COTS, standards-based biometrics software for law enforcement, border management, defense, credentialing, and access control. Each product provides granular functionality and is available a la carte:
- SDKs for fingerprint, face, and iris
- Capture device hardware abstraction
- Image quality assurance
- Standard-compliant data formatting and validation
- BioComponents™ enrollment applets and controls
- URC™ .NET biometric enrollment application
- WebEnroll™ browser-based biometric enrollment
- Biometric Services Platform (BioSP™)
- Nexa™ fingerprint, face, and iris search and match SDKs
- INQUIRE™ identity data analytics SDK
Products & services: Fingerprint Readers, Middleware / Software, Justice / Law Enforcement, Facial Recognition
Suprema Inc. is a leading global provider of biometrics technology and identity management solutions. The company’s range of products includes fingerprint modules, biometric access control systems, e-passport readers and live-scanners. Suprema’s solutions are featured by integration of the excellent embedded system design capability and the strong backgrounds in theories and algorithms backed by a number of experts having the rich experience and extensive knowledge in the field of biometric solutions, embedded system design and signal processing. Suprema has worldwide sales network in over 120 countries and also a listed company in stock exchange in South Korea (KOSDAQ). For further information, visit www.supremainc.com. Products & services: Fingerprint Readers, Consumer / Residential Biometrics, Justice / Law Enforcement, Mobile Biometrics
Founded in 2009, Zwipe is committed to providing a biometric solution that is both highly secure and elegantly simple to use. Zwipe’s flagship product, Zwipe Access, is the first access control card on the market with full a full on-card fingerprint system, changing authentication from something you know to something you are. Products & Services: Fingerprint Readers, Smart Cards, Border Control/Airports, HealthCare Biometrics, Physical Access Control