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Biometric fingerprint sensors used for outdoor reader.

Lumidigm : 02 April, 2008  (Application Story)
Readers for transport workers incorporate fingerprint sensors from Lumidigm for operation in harsh outdoor environments.
Lumidigm has announced a partnership with biometric reader manufacturer and port solution provider Innometriks. Responding to Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) reader requirements, Innometriks has integrated Lumidigm Venus fingerprint sensors into its TWIC readers.

The Innometriks reader combines the Lumidigm Venus fingerprint sensor along with an HID smartcard reader, a large 3.5-inch colour LCD, and a vandal-proof keypad to provide an outdoor fingerprint biometric reader that works in all weather conditions. Relying on Lumidigm's multispectral imaging technology to maintain high biometric performance in rugged environments, the Innometriks reader has been designed for installation outside in direct weather with no enclosure, covering or other protection. Robin Hamilton, CTO of Innometriks, stated, 'I was amazed when I saw what the Lumidigm sensor could do. Its incredible performance is unaffected by water, dirt, dust, sunlight, heat and cold. We immediately went to work and adapted it to our biometric technology reader. The team at Lumidigm had done a great job preparing the product and within 72 hours we were up and running.'

The Lumidigm sensor was chosen for the new Innometriks TWIC reader product line because of the sensor's superior performance in harsh environmental conditions. 'Our rugged sensors have developed a reputation for top performance in conditions that trip up other biometric products,' said Bill Spence, Vice President of Transaction Systems at Lumidigm. Administered by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and US Coast Guard, the TWIC program will require port personnel and additional transportation workers to use a tamper-resistant biometric credential to gain authorized access to secured outdoor areas. 'With hundreds of thousands of biometric TWIC cards now issued, the need for a robust biometrically-enabled access reader to make use of them is obvious,' said Spence. The private sector is also taking notice of this integrated solution because of the sizable commercial interface with the TWIC program. 'Government and commercial users need these biometric readers to work reliably regardless of the environment or size of the population,' said Spence. 'The Lumidigm technology coupled with the Innometriks reader finally gives them what they have been looking for.'
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