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Bioscrypt, HID and OMNIKEY team to develop a door-to-desktop card solution

Andy Williams   ||   Dec 29, 2005  ||   , , , ,

A multi-factor authentication product co-developed by Bioscrypt, HID, and OMNIKEY, will support fingerprint biometrics, contact and contactless smart cards, proximity cards, common passwords and USB tokens tokens, virtually eliminating a company’s need for multi-credentials.

Bioscrypt VeriSoft Access Manager Enables HID iCLASS and Prox Cards, in Combination with OMNIKEY CardMan Readers, to be the Authentication Tool for Access to Facilities and Computers

TORONTO– Bioscrypt Inc., a leading provider of identity verification technology, HID Corporation, the premier manufacturer of access control cards and readers, and OMNIKEY, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of innovative smart card readers, announced today that VeriSoft Access Manager will be the authentication software application that allows cards to be used for access control to facilities and computers.

With the introduction of VeriSoft Access Manager, Bioscrypt has delivered a software application to market that promotes multi-factor authentication, supporting fingerprint biometrics, contact and contactless smart cards, proximity cards, common passwords, USB tokens, virtual tokens and Trusted Platform Modules (TPM).

The inherent flexibility of the VeriSoft Access Manager application permits organizations to unify user identities across the enterprise with the authentication standard of their choice. In collaborating with OMNIKEY and HID, an integrated solution has been developed that provides off-the-shelf support for HID iCLASS contactless smart cards and Prox cards for identity verification on computers.

“Bioscrypt is committed to providing the solution for secure access control across the corporate enterprise whether to protect physical assets or assets that reside within the information technology network,” said Robert L. Williams, President and CEO of Bioscrypt. “The inherent flexibility of VeriSoft Access Manager offers organizations a choice of authentication methods, whether it is single or multi-factor and we look forward to working with OMNIKEY and HID in support of card based user verification.”

OMNIKEY CardMan(R) readers are economical PC-linked desktop readers that help end-users to experience the convenience, speed, and security of HID iCLASS or prox technology for desktop applications including log-on to Windows(R), networks, web sites, and applications as well as the secure storage of user names, passwords, and personal information.

“We are seeing that organizations are looking for ways to consolidate the number of credentials required by their staff while maintaining if not improving security,” said Kurt Schmid, Chief Executive Officer of OMNIKEY. “Specifically, companies are looking for ways to eliminate the need for multiple credentials such as passwords. The combined Bioscrypt/OMNIKEY/HID solution offers a single credential for enterprise wide access control.”

Bioscrypt initially began working with HID in May of 2002 with the introduction of iCLASS technology in Veri-Series readers. Using HID’s iCLASS technology, users can read the unique serial number from their iCLASS card and can read/write to the non-HID application area. The read/write feature allows users to store passwords and other data associated with the implementation of computer access. Information can be securely encrypted and stored on the iCLASS card and then submitted automatically for use with the appropriate applications.

“We are pleased that Bioscrypt’s newest offering, VeriSoft Access Manager, will allow end-users to use their HID iCLASS or proximity card at the door and at the desktop,” says Holly Sacks, Executive Vice President of Marketing for HID. “This type of Innovation promotes the fact that use of a single card for both physical and logical access control is much more convenient and secure for both the enterprise and the user.”

With VeriSoft Access manager, users simply present their iCLASS card to an RFID-enabled CardMan reader to unlock the power of their iCLASS or prox card at the desktop! For end-users who currently use iCLASS contactless smart cards or HID prox for building access, as a corporate or student ID, or for transit or cashless vending applications, CardMan RFID-enabled readers are the ideal solution for securing access to Windows and the Internet world.

About OMNIKEY
OMNIKEY, one of the world leading manufacturers of innovative smart card readers, offers the most diversified product portfolio available on the market today. Having established a tight collaboration with key decision makers in the card manufacturing and software industries, OMNIKEY sits at the table of innovation. OMNIKEY’s smart card readers for PCs can be utilized by any application including logical access control, digital signature, GSM authentication, secure banking and online transactions, loyalty programs, and healthcare solutions. OMNIKEY, headquartered in Walluf, near Wiesbaden (Germany), is part of the ASSA ABLOY Identification Technology Group (ITG). OMNIKEY’s regional offices for North and South America reside in Irvine, California with technical support in Atlanta, Georgia. The Asian Pacific operation is located in Hong Kong. Design, production management, and quality control of OMNIKEY’s products are carried out in the company’s two R&D centers in Linz, Austria and Erfurt, Germany. OMNIKEY readers are distributed worldwide through a global network of partners, including value added resellers, system integrators, and OEMs. For more information, visit the OMNIKEY Web site at www.omnikey.com.

About HID Corporation
HID is the premier global supplier of contactless access control cards and readers for the security industry. With over 250 million credentials (cards, fobs and keys) in use worldwide, HID leads the industry in 13.56 MHz and 125 kHz RFID card and reader technology for a wide range of applications including access control, IT secure authentication, time and attendance, digital cash/cashless vending, automotive vehicle identification, and biometric verification. HID’s award-winning product line includes iCLASS(R) 13.56 MHz contactless smart cards and readers, 125 kHz proximity, magnetic stripe, and Wiegand technology cards and readers as well as the recently introduced VertX(TM) CS central station managed access controllers. The company also provides specialized card manufacturing services including custom preprinted graphics, micro printing and anti-counterfeiting elements, holograms or ultraviolet ink for increased card security. HID’s corporate offices are located in Irvine, California, with international offices supporting more than 100 countries. The company is part of the ASSA ABLOY Identification Technology Group. To learn more, please visit www.hidcorp.com.

About Bioscrypt Inc.
Bioscrypt Inc. is a leading provider of identity verification technology. The Company’s solutions combine the convenience of touch with the high security of fingerprint-based biometrics for simple and secure access to facilities, equipment and information. Using the “bioscrypt on board(TM)” brand, the Company offers packaged products, OEM components and software licensing to leading security solution manufacturers and integrators worldwide for physical, wireless and network security applications. Among the many leading edge companies and partners using Bioscrypt technology are the U.S. Army, NASA, American Express, the New York Police Department, Kronos, NATO, Continental Airlines, Intel, Atmel, HID Corporation, Honeywell and Northern Computers. Bioscrypt’s patented technology is interoperable with leading fingerprint sensors and is both platform and operating system independent. Bioscrypt is traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol BYT. For more information, visit the Bioscrypt Web site at www.bioscrypt.com.

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