Fingerprint Cards (FPC) is looking to extend its reach in the access control market with the release of an updated Biometric Software Platform. The new platform is a modified version of FPC’s existing payments software, and is meant to be used alongside FPC’s fingerprint sensors. It can be deployed for one-to-few and one-to-one access control applications.
With the former, the biometric hardware and software is integrated directly into the access control setup of a physical location. A limited number of credentials can then be registered to the system, allowing those people to gain access to the building with a simple fingerprint recognition scan. The one-to-few solution supports less than 200 enrollees, and is consequently geared towards venues with fewer people.
The one-to-one application, on the other hand, places the fingerprint sensor (and the necessary software) in a biometric smart card or some other wearable device. Those cards are then distributed to residents or employees, who can then scan the cards at access points to gain contactless entry to the building. The system can support a greater number of registered users, and leverages fingerprint recognition as a strong secondary authentication factor.
To ensure the user’s privacy, the biometric information is converted into a biometric template, which is then encrypted. The user’s fingerprint information cannot be reverse engineered from the template in the unlikely event that the template itself does get stolen.
“This solution is built upon the success and R&D of our mobile and payments software platforms, and enables access control stakeholders to layer additional security onto existing or new infrastructure. Both scenarios remove the risk of lost and stolen access cards and offer significantly higher security than PINs and keys,” said FPC Payments & Access SVP Michel Roig.
The new software should supplement the access control sensors that FPC released in January. The company has also released a new BM-Lite sensor for IoT devices, which has already appeared in an Aran biometric padlock and a new smart door lock from Fueb Labs.
Marc 2, 2020 – by Eric Weiss