Bioscrypt's PIV-Station helps U.S. government agencies meet Personal
Identity Verification requirements mandated by Homeland Security
Presidential Directive 12
TORONTO, Sept. 11 /CNW/ - Bioscrypt Inc. (TSX: BYT), a leading provider
of enterprise access control technology, today announced the release of the
PIV-Station, a biometric reader designed to meet the current and future needs
of the U.S. federal government market.
Bioscrypt's PIV-Station helps U.S. federal organizations meet the
Personal Identity Verification (PIV) requirements mandated by the Homeland
Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12), by bringing Bioscrypt's
long-standing expertise in the biometric access control market to the FIPS 201
program. Federal Information Processing Standard 201 requires all government
agencies and contractors to authenticate civil servants and employees using
stronger authentication methods, including fingerprint biometrics, for
physical and logical access control. In order to meet the FIPS 201 standard,
Bioscrypt ported its FIPS 201-approved Minutiae Interoperability Exchange
(MINEX) algorithm to a high performance digital signal processor (DSP) from
Texas Instruments which is embedded in the new reader. The inclusion of the
DSP also allows the PIV-Station to be extremely flexible and extensible to
accommodate current and future technical specifications for the evolving
The PIV-Station increases security at federal buildings by adding a
biometric layer of authentication - a unique identification factor that cannot
be lost, copied or stolen. Nearly 3 million federal employees, 6 million state
employees and 500,000 contractors will be enrolled in the program, making it
one of the largest biometric projects to date, according to IMS research.
The PIV-Station has received General Service Administration (GSA)
approval as a FIPS 201-compliant Card Holder Unique Identifier (CHUID) Reader
(Contact) and CHUID Reader (Contactless) - making it the first fixed Physical
Access Control reader to be certified in both categories. The reader also
incorporates Bioscrypt's GSA-approved ANSI/INCITS 378 fingerprint template and
is currently undergoing testing by GSA in the biometric reader category.
The PIV-Station also includes a GSA-approved single fingerprint capture
device. FIPS 201-certified fingerprint sensor manufacturers had to undergo an
extensive FBI fingerprint image quality evaluation to achieve certification.
"UPEK is pleased Bioscrypt has chosen to integrate the TouchChip TCS1
fingerprint sensor, the first and only silicon fingerprint sensor approved by
the FBI and GSA for FIPS 201," said Mike Chaudoin, Director of Standards and
Security at UPEK. "The Bioscrypt PIV-Station, which leverages the advantages
of UPEK's small, low cost and power efficient fingerprint sensing technology,
is well positioned to provide strong user authentication for FIPS 201
For approval as a CHUID Reader (Contactless), Bioscrypt also incorporated
a FIPS 201-compliant contactless interface technology from the leader in
digital security, Gemalto. "Bioscrypt is the established leader in access
control solutions that incorporate biometrics and we are privileged to have
our Prox-C2 and Smart Connector readers as the Contact and Contactless
interface technology of choice for their PIV-Station," said Alain Sigaud, Vice
President of readers and tokens activity for Gemalto. "This collaboration
follows on the earlier integration of the Bioscrypt VeriSoft application with
Gemalto's SafesITe FIPS-compliant PIV middleware for logical access control.
This new achievement gives significant value to our FIPS 201-compliant card
which can be used as the credential for physical and logical access control."
In order to enable organizations dealing with legacy infrastructure to
maximize their investments, the PIV-Station is capable of supporting card-read
protocols, such as DESFire and Mifare.
"With the launch of the PIV-Station we are further demonstrating our
commitment to providing support to the U.S. Government in its endeavors to
strengthen security within the country," said Bioscrypt's President and CEO,
Robert M. Douglas. "Bioscrypt has developed solutions that allow organizations
to unify identities across physical and logical systems. This is precisely the
end goal of FIPS 201, providing further evidence that our vision is taking
Bioscrypt is the world and Americas leader in the biometric physical
access control readers market and has 22 percent share of the Americas market,
according to IMS Research.
About Bioscrypt Inc.
Bioscrypt is an enterprise access control solution provider, enabling the
unification of physical and logical access with its Door to Desktop(R)
products. Bioscrypt's hardware and software solutions deliver strong
authentication processes to facilities, equipment, IT networks and computer
applications and allow organizations to administer unified identities across
Building on its proven expertise in biometric technology and its unique
multi-factor authentication platform, Bioscrypt integrates all major secure
authentication standards, transforming how organizations are bridging the gap
between physical and logical access to create secure working environments.
More information is available at www.bioscrypt.com.
Gemalto (Euronext NL 0000400653 GTO) is a leader in digital security with
pro forma 2006 annual revenues of (euro) 1.7 billion, operations in about 100
countries and over 10,000 employees including 1,500 R&D engineers.
In a world where the digital revolution is increasingly transforming our
lives, Gemalto's solutions are designed to make personal digital interactions
more convenient, secure and enjoyable.
Gemalto provides end-to-end digital security solutions, from the
development of software applications through design and production of secure
personal devices such as smart cards, SIMs, e-passports, and tokens to the
management of deployment services for its customers.
More than a billion people worldwide use the company's products and
services for telecommunications, financial services, e-government, identity
management, multimedia content, digital rights management, IT security, mass
transit and many other applications.
As the use of Gemalto's software and secure devices increases with the
number of people interacting in the digital and wireless world, the company is
poised to thrive over the coming years.
Gemalto was formed in June 2006 by the combination of Axalto and Gemplus.
For more information please visit www.gemalto.com.
UPEK, Inc., a global leader in biometric fingerprint security solutions,
offers integrated end-to-end solutions including comprehensive design and
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
UPEK and the UPEK logo are registered trademarks of UPEK, Inc. in the
United States and other countries.
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