BIO-key CEO Michael DePasquale has issued a statement that details his company’s response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In it, DePasquale stressed that BIO-key has transitioned to a nearly 100 percent remote workforce, and that the company is doing its best to maintain regular operations in spite of the disruption. That includes daily conference calls for the executive team and the support, sales, and marketing departments.
BIO-key will also continue to advance its R&D and product development initiatives. DePasquale indicated that the company has enough stock in its hardware inventory to meet demand for the foreseeable future, and the support team is working with customers to help them use BIO-key’s technology to make a similar transition to a remote environment.
To that end, BIO-key can fulfill software download requests for an unlimited number of potential customers. The company says that its Single Sign-on (SSO) and multifactor authentication tech will work just as well at home as it does on-premises. As a result, DePaquale believes that the surge in remote work could accelerate biometric adoption rates as companies search for new ways to secure sensitive enterprise materials.
In the meantime, DePasquale highlighted several recent successes that demonstrate BIO-key’s ability to move forward during a time of global crisis. In the past month alone, BIO-key has solidified its technology partnership with the Dubai Police Force, and signed a pair of lucrative contracts in Nigeria. One is an infrastructure contract worth $45 million, while the other is a $30 million contract to provide authentication services for a telecommunications company. All three deals were announced after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Of course, BIO-key is not the only company that has adopted remote work policies in response to the coronavirus. Biometrics providers like Zwipe and Thales are also asking employees to work from home.
April 7, 2020 – by Eric Weiss