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UPEK Receives First FIPS 201 Certification for Silicon Fingerprint Sensors.



Breakthrough Reductions in Cost, Size, and Power Consumption of Silicon Versus Optical Fingerprint Devices Enable Large Scale Deployments of Affordable Government Biometric ID Verification Applications

EMERYVILLE, Calif, -- UPEK UPEK User Password Encryption Key [R], Inc., the world's leading brand of fingerprint authentication security solutions, today announced that its TouchChip[R] TCS (Transportation Control System) A widely used integrated information system for railroad transportation developed by the Missouri Pacific Railroad Company in the late 1960s and early 1970s. It was later implemented by Union Pacific when the companies merged. 1 Fingerprint Sensor has become the first and only silicon fingerprint sensor certified by and listed on the General Services Administration The General Services Administration (GSA) was established by section 101 of the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949 (40 U.S.C.A. § 751). The GSA sets policy for and manages government property and records.  (GSA (1) (Global mobile Suppliers Association, Sawbridgeworth, U.K., www.gsacom.com) A membership organization of suppliers of GSM products and services. Its goal is to promote GSM as the worldwide mobile communications standard. See GSM Association and GSM. ) Approved Products List (APL (A Programming Language) A high-level mathematical programming language noted for its brevity and matrix generation capabilities. Developed by Kenneth Iverson in the mid-1960s, it runs on micros to mainframes and is often used to develop mathematical models. ) for use in the Federal Information Processing Standard Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) are publicly announced standards developed by the United States Federal government for use by all non-military government agencies and by government contractors.  201 (FIPS (Federal Information Processing Standards) A series of publications issed by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) that specifies information security guidelines for federal government departments and agencies.  201) and Personal Identity Verification Noun 1. identity verification - the automatic identification of living individuals by using their physiological and behavioral characteristics; "negative identification can only be accomplished through biometric identification"; "if a pin or password is lost or  (PIV PIV Particle Image Velocimetry
PIV Personal Identity Verification (FIPS 201)
PIV Pentium 4
PIV Peak Inverse Voltage
PIV Personal Identification Verification
PIV Post Indicator Valve (firefighting) 
) programs. The TouchChip TCS1 is also the first silicon fingerprint sensor certified by the FBI to meet their demanding Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems (IAFIS IAFIS Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (FBI)
IAFIS International Association of Food Industry Suppliers
) image quality specifications for Single Fingerprint Capture Devices.

Obtaining these certifications was driven by Homeland Security Noun 1. Homeland Security - the federal department that administers all matters relating to homeland security
Department of Homeland Security

executive department - a federal department in the executive branch of the government of the United States
 Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12), which mandates that fingerprint biometric ID credentials be issued to approximately 10 million U.S. federal employees and contractors, starting October 27, 2006. FIPS 201 certified products are also likely to be deployed across other large scale US and international biometric ID credentialing programs such as First Responders, Transportation Workers, Biometric e-passports and other global initiatives over the next several years.

Delivering this next-generation of certified silicon fingerprint imaging technology represents a major advancement compared to older technology employed in today's larger and more expensive optical devices. Solutions based on UPEK's silicon technology enable cost reductions of 50% or more, device size reductions of up to 100x, and power efficiency improvements of 10x or more when compared to existing optical sensors.

Government customers, system integrators, and biometric equipment manufacturers looking to deploy, implement and build certified, cost-effective and compact fingerprint authentication devices can now do so with UPEK's silicon fingerprint sensor technology. The TouchChip TCS1 fingerprint sensor is already in use across a broad range of physical access control devices to ensure only authorized personnel are allowed access to restricted facilities. The TouchChip TCS1 fingerprint sensor can also be used in logical access control devices such as USB USB
 in full Universal Serial Bus

Type of serial bus that allows peripheral devices (disks, modems, printers, digitizers, data gloves, etc.) to be easily connected to a computer.
 readers, biometric keyboards, and biometric smart card readers that are part of the identity management infrastructure of FIPS 201. Devices based on the TouchChip TCS1 fingerprint sensor are also well suited for portable devices, allowing power efficient mobile identity verification of PIV card holders at any time and at any location.

"The technical requirements for the Single Fingerprint Capture Devices were established by NIST (National Institute of Standards & Technology, Washington, DC, www.nist.gov) The standards-defining agency of the U.S. government, formerly the National Bureau of Standards. It is one of three agencies that fall under the Technology Administration (www.technology.  and the FBI to ensure that the fingerprint sensor devices used in the FIPS 201 and PIV programs produce images capable of yielding accurate identity verification," said Philip Wasserman, Guest Researcher at NIST. "UPEK's achievement of offering the first silicon sensor to meet this demanding set of requirements will allow the use of the TouchChip TCS1 fingerprint sensor in many applications previously requiring larger, more expensive optical sensors."

"UPEK has worked diligently to optimize the TouchChip TCS1 fingerprint capture system to meet the demanding requirements established by NIST and the FBI for Single Fingerprint Capture Devices," said Mike Chaudoin, Director of Standards and Security at UPEK. "Having achieved this high level of image quality certification places UPEK further ahead of all other silicon sensor providers for both government and commercial applications, and clearly establishes UPEK as the leading supplier of high quality silicon fingerprint authentication solutions for a diverse range of applications."

Web site listings where the TCS1 certifications can be found include the GSA Approved Products List at http://fips201ep.cio.gov/apl.php in the "Single Fingerprint Capture Device" category; and, in the FBI IAFIS Certified Products List: http://www.fbi.gov/hq/cjisd/iafis/cert.htm under the heading of "PIV Single Finger Capture Devices" at the bottom of the listing.

About UPEK, Inc.

UPEK, Inc., a global leader in biometric fingerprint security solutions, offers integrated end-to-end solutions including comprehensive design & integration services to the world's leading consumer and industrial products companies. UPEK solutions enable the strongest fingerprint authentication security available, packaged for high user convenience and rapid integration into existing products and network architectures. The company has been pioneering biometric fingerprint technology since 1996 and shipping product in volume since 1999. UPEK is headquartered in Emeryville, California, with offices in Prague, Singapore, Taipei and Tokyo. For more information, please visit www.upek.com.

UPEK, the UPEK logo and TouchChip are registered trademarks or trademarks of UPEK, Inc. in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks or registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
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