March 8, 2016 -
South African biometrics experts Ideco are launching its all-in-one mobile biometrics unit, dubbed BIMS or Biometric Identity Management System, next week at connect:ID 2016 in Washington, D.C.
According to a company statement, the unit and its supporting system were designed and built in South Africa at a cost of over R20 million ($1.3M USD) in R&D and two and a half years of man hours by a team of software and firmware developers and engineers.
The BIMS device is the size of a ruggedized laptop and enables biometric identification across a range of modalities, from fingerprints to iris scanning, and delivers a full range of connectivity options including Bluetooth, WiFi, GSM, GPS, LAN and Cloud. The unit is multi-functional and uniquely and readily configurable and has been designed to the most stringent hardware and software security standards, and harnesses intelligent power management for prolonged battery life of up to 12 hours. It can be rolled out rapidly in any environment requiring agile identification and processing of crowds.
Ideco CEO Marius Coetzee says they selected this event for the launch because BIMS is a solution of international significance. “It is unlike any other solution currently on the market for biometric user identification and access control. It enables agile, rapid roll-out of advanced biometrics-based solution; and has relevance for both the public and private sector across any number of verticals.”
The company says that BIMS is the first unit to deliver six modalities in a single portable device, which can be used in any configuration for multiple levels of identification, as well as integrating into existing enterprise systems quickly and easily. With the intelligent use of APIs, the solution can be integrated with any backend system.
Ideco sees use cases for BIMS in all sectors where identification is relevant, including government departments such as home affairs, law enforcement, licensing, customs and border control, health services delivery and education. It also appeals to private sector verticals such as financial, banking, medical and mining.
BIMS also offers advantages for temporary installations such as election administration, surges in cross border traffic and criminal identification, due to its compact form factor and ease of installation.
“There was a need for an eminently configurable, mobile advanced biometrics identification unit,” explains Coetzee. ”With design and testing complete, the prototypes will be showcased in Washington for the first time next week, and full production and go-to-market is scheduled for June this year.”
Ideco is currently in talks with international technology companies on distribution partnerships.
The connect:ID 2016 conference and expo will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington D.C. March 14 to 16.