Multimodal Biometric Identification Patent Awarded to ImageWare® Systems

ImageWare® Systems, Inc. (AMEX:IW), a leading developer of identity management solutions, today announced that it has been awarded patent number 7,298,873 by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for a multimodal biometric identification or authentication system.

This foundational patent covers a system and method for enrolling, searching, matching, and managing biometric modalities on a common platform, and is independent to the biometric types or the algorithms managed. The patent, titled “Multimodal Biometric Platform,“ is employed throughout ImageWare’s portfolio of biometric identity management solutions and marketed as IWS™ Biometric Engine™.

“This patent is an important addition to our growing intellectual property portfolio and affirms our unique position as an innovator in the industry,“ said Jim Miller, ImageWare’s chairman and CEO. “The extensive diversity of our technology portfolio, including this patent, enables us to offer our global customers a wide range of security solutions tailored to fit their specific needs. We are continuing to develop this portfolio that is essential for protecting individuals, businesses and our homeland.“

The IWS Biometric Engine is a multi-biometric identity management solution used by government and commercial enterprises to biometrically search and match populations of unlimited sizes for identity confirmation. These include searching and matching for Verification of an Identity (1:1), Exhaustive Search for Identification (1:N), Watchlist Management (X:N) and Existing Biometric Population Management and Enhancement (N:N). IWS Biometric Engine employs a multi-biometric enrollment, management and authentication platform that is technology agnostic, enabling users to utilize biometric devices (over 120) and algorithms (over 90) from virtually any vendor, as well as support the combination of the following biometric types, including: single fingerprint, Livescan fingerprint, 2D face, 3D face, iris, palm scan, finger vein, palm vein, hand geometry, palm, DNA, signature, voice, and retina.

About ImageWare Systems,Inc.

ImageWare Systems, Inc. (AMEX:IW) is a leading developer of identity management solutions, providing biometric, secure credential and law enforcement technologies. Scalable for worldwide deployment, the Company’s biometric product line includes a multi-biometric engine that is hardware and algorithm independent, enabling the enrollment and management of unlimited population sizes. ImageWare’s identification products are used to manage and issue secure credentials including national IDs, passports, driver licenses, smart cards and access control credentials. ImageWare’s digital booking products provide law enforcement with integrated mug shot, fingerprint Livescan and investigative capabilities. ImageWare is headquartered in San Diego, with offices in Washington DC and Canada. For more information visit http://www.iwsinc.com.

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