Fujitsu and T&W Operations, Inc., Collaborate to Develop Kidtrack™ System Using the PalmEntry™ Physical Access Control System

Fujitsu_red[1]FOOTHILL RANCH, Calif. & HUNTSVILLE, Ala.–Fujitsu Frontech North America Inc., a leader in innovative technology and front-end solutions, today announced that it has teamed up with T&W Operations, Inc., an IT and logistics solutions provider to government and small businesses, to develop the Kidtrack™ system. The Kidtrack system employs Fujitsu’s PalmEntry™ Physical Access Control system installed in school buses to track the location of children during the transportation process before and after school. The PalmEntry system is a secure, contactless, biometric access control solution that positively authenticates the identity of an individual. The public unveiling of the Kidtrack system will be March 19, 2013, at the Ohio Association for Pupil Transportation Conference and Trade Show in Dublin, OH.

“The PalmEntry solution provides a high level of flexibility in the Kidtrack system, while ensuring security and privacy for the students. Parents and school administrators alike will have relevant and timely information when needed.”

“We looked at other methods of verifying student location and safety, but chose the Fujitsu PalmEntry system due to its high level of accuracy and ease of use in a bus environment,” says Beau Bowden, president, T&W Operations, Inc. “Over the next 12 months we plan on demonstrating the solution at a number of regional and national education conferences.”

The PalmEntry system relies on Fujitsu’s award-winning PalmSecure® biometric technology. The Fujitsu PalmSecure biometric palm vein sensors use a near-infrared light to capture a user’s palm vein pattern, generating a unique biometric template that is matched against the palm vein patterns of pre-registered users. Unlike other readers, the PalmSecure device does not come into contact with the skin, making it extremely hygienic, non-intrusive and unrestricted by external factors such as skin types and conditions. Registration for the PalmEntry system takes less than one minute and authentication takes less than one second.

In 2006, Huntsville, AL suffered a tragic accident, when a school bus carrying 40 local students fell off a portion of elevated highway. School administrators and parents alike struggled during the rescue with not knowing which students had been affected. With the Kidtrack system the school system would have known immediately who was in danger and parents and guardians could have been notified much sooner. This system offers peace of mind to school administrators as well as potentially life-saving information in the case of an emergency. The Kidtrack system is unique in that while it is a cloud-based system, it also locally stores tracking data on the bus itself.

“We are proud that T&W Operations, Inc., has chosen the Fujitsu PalmEntry access control system as one of the key components in the Kidtrack system,” according to Randy Fox, senior director, currency handling and identification product solutions, Fujitsu Frontech North America Inc. “The PalmEntry solution provides a high level of flexibility in the Kidtrack system, while ensuring security and privacy for the students. Parents and school administrators alike will have relevant and timely information when needed.”

Fujitsu’s family of biometric solutions, PalmSecure, PalmSecure for SSO (single sign-on) and PalmEntry Physical Access Control, all utilize the award winning technology. The palm vein device can only recognize the pattern if the blood is actively flowing within the individual’s veins, which means that forgery is virtually impossible. This advanced, vascular pattern recognition technology not only provides highly reliable authentication with low false accept and reject rates, but also generates fast and easy enrollment.

About Fujitsu Frontech North America Inc.

Fujitsu Frontech North America Inc. brings innovative technology from Japan and, with its partners, develops powerful front-end solutions that shape how society interacts with big data. Fujitsu Frontech North America Inc., is headquartered at 27121 Towne Centre Drive, Suite #100, Foothill Ranch, CA 92610, USA. For more information about Fujitsu products and services, call us at 800-626-4686 or visit us at: www.fujitsufrontechna.com. For more information on Fujitsu Frontech North America Inc., or biometric security in particular, please visit http://www.fujitsu.com/us/services/biometrics/palm-vein/ or email us at palmsecure@us.fujitsu.com.

About T&W Operations, Inc.

T&W Operations, Inc. is a Service Disabled Veteran Owned (SDVO) Small Business based in Huntsville, Alabama with locations across the United States. As retired career military officers, co-founders Tom Jarrell and Wayne Gardner found a need for their unique blend of Information Technology and Logistics expertise to support acquisition and life-cycle management of DoD weapon systems and government owned commercial off-the-shelf equipment. T&W provides Logistics, Information Technology (IT), and Management Services to government and commercial customers and offer exceptional expertise in secure web-based software development, IT Engineering, Information Assurance (IA) Support and Consulting, Biometric Security, Project Management, and Management Support. It is our mission to leverage emerging technology with out-of-the-box thinking to provide smart and creative solutions to our government, civic, and commercial customers. For more information on T&W Operations, Inc. please visit http://www.tnwops.com/. For more information on Kidtrack, please visit www.kidtrackbiometrics.com.

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Contacts: Fujitsu Frontech North America Inc., Dan Dalton, +1 (949) 855-5590, dan.dalton@us.fujitsu.com
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T&W Operations, Inc., Rebecca Jarrell, +1 (256) 535-0857, rjarrell@tnwops.com