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OctoLine access control to deploy fingerprint recognition

Lumidigm : 13 May, 2008  (Application Story)
Biometric fingerprint sensors from Lumidigm to be used in access control solutions from Alphatronics.
Lumidigm and Alphatronics (AT) have teamed to create a state-of-the-art outdoor biometric access control solution. After 20 years of providing reliable outdoor access solutions to customers across Europe, Alphatronics has utilised the Lumidigm Venus fingerprint sensor to create the first biometric component of its modular access product offering, called OctoLine.

The Alphatronics OctoLine is a set of modular components that can be configured into a custom access control solution. It comes complete with the OctoLine driver software which enables easy integration into any application. The Fingerscan biometric module employs Lumidigm's fingerprint sensor for superior biometric performance in any indoor or outdoor environment. Other OctoLine modules include contactless card readers (proximity and MIFARE), barcode scanners, versatile intercom systems, button selectors, LED displays, touch screens, and ticket printers. This rugged access control solution performs outdoors in all weather conditions while maintaining an elegant aesthetic for high-end applications.

Alphatronics has been providing reliable outdoor access control solutions since 1988. 'Over the years, we have been wary of including biometrics in our product line because of concerns about performance in harsh real world environments,' said Joost Boel, General Manager at Alphatronics. He continued, 'Our AT brand has always stood for the highest levels of quality and reliability. When we saw the Lumidigm sensor, we knew immediately that we could confidently offer this biometric option to our customers.'

Lumidigm's fingerprint sensors capture accurate and high-quality fingerprint images by using multispectral light to collect data from both the fingerprint on the surface of the skin and the identical 'inner fingerprint' beneath the surface. This multispectral imaging capability permits Lumidigm sensors to be used in environments where other sensors fail. For example, rain on the platen will not prevent a Lumidigm sensor from obtaining a high-quality fingerprint image.

'Alphatronics built their reputation on robust, reliable outdoor access control-they know it better than anyone.' said Bill Spence, Lumidigm's Vice President of Transaction Systems. 'Adding a biometric component expands their markets and meets a growing customer need for reliable fingerprint applications in harsh environments like ports, airports and transportation venues.'

Alphatronics currently markets OctoLine in Europe. UK Biometrics markets the same product throughout the United Kingdom under the brand name Evolution. Both companies will officially launch the product at booth #11060 at IFSEC in Birmingham, UK from May 12-15, 2008.
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