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Identicator to Deliver Biometric Template for U.S. Government.



WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--September 22, 1998-- Identicator Technology today announced that it is delivering a biometric fingerprint template which will be used to provide U.S. government agencies with a common authentication (1) Verifying the integrity of a transmitted message. See message integrity, e-mail authentication and MAC.

(2) Verifying the identity of a user logging into a network.
 protocol to register and identify federal employees and military personnel.

The delivery of this template is to encourage the government effort to expand the use of biometrics in federal agencies and the military sector and mirrors a similar private sector effort in which Identicator, Microsoft, IBM (International Business Machines Corporation, Armonk, NY, www.ibm.com) The world's largest computer company. IBM's product lines include the S/390 mainframes (zSeries), AS/400 midrange business systems (iSeries), RS/6000 workstations and servers (pSeries), Intel-based servers (xSeries) , Compaq, Novel and Micros are working to deliver a standard biometric template for e-commerce and other commercial market segments.

Identicator is delivering the template in cooperation with the Department of Defense (DOD (1) (Dial On Demand) A feature that allows a device to automatically dial a telephone number. For example, an ISDN router with dial on demand will automatically dial up the ISP when it senses IP traffic destined for the Internet. ) and the National Security Agency (NSA NSA
abbr.
National Security Agency

Noun 1. NSA - the United States cryptologic organization that coordinates and directs highly specialized activities to protect United States information systems and to produce foreign
), both of which are long-time Identicator customers. The NSA and DOD will both assist Identicator in its efforts to test and refine the template to improve accuracy, ease of use and sensor hardware compatibility.

"We're very pleased to provide a biometric standard for the federal government," said Paul Collier Paul Collier is a Professor of Economics, and the Director for the Centre for the Study of African Economies at The University of Oxford in England. From from 1998 – 2003 he was the director of the Development Research Group of the World Bank. , Identicator's Director of Operations. "Because of its small size - less 150 bytes - the template will provide a significant advantage for the federal government by making it possible to accurately identify a fingerprint in less than a second. The small size also allows the government to store the template on smart-cards, or as a two-dimensional bar code."

Identicator developed a similar template for use with the stored value smart-card systems deployed for the U.S Treasury Department's implementation at Fort Sill Fort Sill, U.S. military reservation, Comanche co., SW Okla., 4 mi (6.4 km) N of Lawton; est. 1869 by Gen. Philip Sheridan. A 95,000-acre (38,445-hectare) field artillery and missile base, it is the home of the U.S. Army Artillery and Missile Center. , Oklahoma. Under this system, recruits receive their salary deposited into their smart cards Example of widely used contactless smart cards are Hong Kong's Octopus card, Paris' Calypso/Navigo card and Lisbon' LisboaViva card, which predate the ISO/IEC 14443 standard. The following tables list smart cards used for public transportation and other electronic purse applications.  as cash. Using a point-of-sale system known as the DFR-200, a scanner designed to capture a finger image with optimum speed and accuracy, coupled with application software developed by Identicator Technology, recruits can purchase merchandise at the various PX stations. The fingerprint of the recruit is requested upon the transaction, which unlocks the smart card enabling the sale to occur. This project won the 1998 CardTech Secure Tech Smart-Card Industry Association security award.

Identicator templates are also in use in many government and military programs, including the U.S. Department of Defense's Real-time Automated Personnel Information System (RAPIDS rapids
Noun, pl

part of a river where the water is very fast and turbulent

rapids npl (GEO) → rápidos mpl

rapids rapid npl (Geo
) and Defense Eligibility Enrollment Reporting System (DEERS DEERS Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (US DoD) ). With RAPIDS, military reserve units can access the DEERS system to update information and eligibility for military benefits for Guards, Reservists and their families, and can issue identification cards in a time efficient manner. This program employs over 1,300 terminals and servers worldwide and is used to register over 6 million military personnel.

"Our relationship with the government, and the NSA in particular, dates back more than five years," Collier noted. "We understand government requirements and challenges better than any other biometrics company in the industry and we're well positioned to help them develop biometric standards." About Identicator Technology

Identicator Technology was founded in 1971 and is the world leader in biometrics fingerprint minutiae mi·nu·ti·a  
n. pl. mi·nu·ti·ae
A small or trivial detail: "the minutiae of experimental and mathematical procedure" Frederick Turner.
 technology. The company designs and develops proprietary, cost-effective, finger minutiae products and solutions for personal identification and verification. The company is a founding member of the BioAPI consortium. Along with partners including Compaq, Microsoft, IBM, Micros and Novel, the goal is to establish leadership industry standards for biometric-oriented Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) technology worldwide.

Identicator Technology installations include: Spanish Social Services social services
Noun, pl

welfare services provided by local authorities or a state agency for people with particular social needs

social services nplservicios mpl sociales 
 involving 7 million smart cards and 650 ATM machines, which won the prestigious annual CardTech/SecurTech award in 1996; State of Georgia drivers' license bureaus with over 4 million licenses; the US treasury electronic payment systems which also won the CardTech/SecurTech award in 1998; and numerous U.S Departments of Defense and Justice facilities including the FBI.

Additional information can be found at www.identicator.com.
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