Crossmatch handheld device recognized as Biometric Identification Device of 2015 by GSN

September 15, 2015 - 

Crossmatch announced that its Verifier Sentry handheld device has been awarded the Biometric Identification Device of 2015 by Government Security News (GSN).

The award was presented at GSN’s annual Airport, Seaport and Border Security Awards competition which recognizes the border security solutions and practices of technology firms, government agencies, scientists and executives, transportation and law enforcement agencies and others.

Launched last year, the Android-based Verifier Sentry is designed to authenticate the identity of an individual by reading their credential documents and matching their biometric recorded at time of credential issuance to a livescan of the same.

The Verifier Sentry can also transmit an unknown subject’s fingerprint to a remote AFIS for processing and matching, then promptly displays the results on the touch screen.

The Verifier Sentry incorporates a FAP 30 single finger sensor as recommended by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) (Industry Report 7950) and meets PIV-071006 certification requirements. The handheld also provides the ability to capture PIV-specified pictures for facial recognition.

“The Verifier Sentry represents a highly flexible platform for identification and authentication applications,” said Curt Chandler, mobile solutions product manager at Crossmatch. “Combined with third party or Crossmatch developed applications, such as Mobile ID, or incorporating the optional pistol grip barcode reader accessory, the handheld is ideal for law enforcement, border control and homeland security officers that require mobility and autonomous operational capabilities.”

The handheld device supports a range of credentials, including federal ID cards such as PIV, CAC and TWIC, ICAO 9303 standard ePassports, as well as many state, local and national IDs.

The Verifier Sentry can also be configured to read any contact or contactless smart card chip and decode numerous security protocols, including MRZ, PDF 417 and other barcodes.

The device can also be used with Commander, a mobile device management tool that provides a secure communications line to the handheld and remote matching databases to securely protect data integrity and personal privacy.

The centralized Commander application also aggregates match requests from multiple Verifier Sentry devices into a single secure connection with one or more matching databases.

Additionally, Commander enables administrators to locate, lock or even wipe Verifier Sentry devices in the field, as well as control who logs in and at what times.

Previously reported, fingerprint technology provider Zvetco Biometrics announced it has released the Verifi Smart.Safe. line of biometric safes with advanced biometric identity management capabilities from CrossMatch.

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