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Compatability tool for laptop fingerprint reader.

DigitalPersona : 24 May, 2007  (New Product)
DigitalPersona releases system for checking notebook compatibility with DigitalPersona Pro
DigitalPersona has announced the availability of the DigitalPersona Pro Reader Compatibility Wizard, enabling users to quickly verify if DigitalPersona Pro software supports their notebooks with third party embedded fingerprint readers. The new compatibility wizard is a step towards optimising the utilisation of notebooks with existing biometrics hardware, and confirms an embedded fingerprint reader's compatibility with DigitalPersona Pro for Active Directory and Kiosk client software before having to actually install the software. The new solution also makes it easy for IT administrators to test whether DigitalPersona Pro supports their hardware, thus maintaining their investment in the hardware without the need to purchase additional fingerprint readers.

A recent study by DigitalPersona and the Business Performance Management (BPM) Forum found that more than 50 percent of respondents whose companies have fingerprint biometrics embedded in notebooks are not utilising the technology. This is due in part to the lack of a complete enterprise solution as needed by the IT administrators to offer flexibility for the user at the workstation level and peace of mind for the IT administrators at the server level. This has caused many companies to disable or abandon the readers, leaving companies vulnerable to unauthorised access to data stored on the notebook.

'The new DigitalPersona Pro Reader Compatibility Wizard builds on our mission to provide enterprises with hardware interoperability and to help ease the deployments of enterprise fingerprint authentication solutions across a wide variety of notebooks,' said Amr Assal, senior product marketing manager at DigitalPersona. 'Hardware interoperability has always been unique to DigitalPersona, and our software provides companies with seamless integration across notebooks with embedded fingerprint readers.'

The proliferation of notebooks with third-party embedded readers is quickly becoming a key industry trend. Now businesses with mobile workforces that use notebooks with embedded readers can use one type of password replacement software from DigitalPersona that works across a variety of different notebook computer makers and models, including Dell, HP, IBM/Lenovo, Fujitsu and Toshiba.

The company also announced that DigitalPersona Pro Server 4.1 for Active Directory has been 'Certified for Windows' under Windows Server 2003 Standard and Enterprise Editions enabling a smoother implementation and accelerated adoption. DigitalPersona Pro for Active Directory solution supports the DigitalPersona U.are.U Fingerprint Reader and Keyboard as well as a variety of notebook computers with embedded fingerprint readers.

The DigitalPersona Pro product line provides an out-of-the-box user experience with centralised management that enables enterprises to define, enforce and audit policies. DigitalPersona solutions work with more fingerprint readers than any other enterprise secure sign-on solution, and have the biometrics industry's highest authentication reliability for business users.
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