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Lumidigm sensors used for tarmac access control at Baltimore/Washington International


Lumidigm has announced that its V-series multispectral fingerprint sensors are deployed across the Baltimore/Washington International airport.

Specifically, the sensors are embedded in Innometriks Rhino biometric readers which control access to the market and are used outdoors. There are reportedly thousands of employees already enrolled in the system, which handles tens of thousands of transactions per day.

“Being able to quickly read fingerprints in all types of conditions, from snow to rain to heat, and with a wide demographic ranging from pilots to ticketing agents, to drivers, to mechanics, the entire gamut of workers, was very important to BWI,” Bill Spence, Lumidigm Vice President of sales-North America, Europe and Australia said. “With so many transactions occurring so frequently, BWI had to get great, clear images on the first try to be convenient, secure and meet operational efficiency objectives.”

The Rhino reader also includes a smart card reader, PKI and digital signal technologies. The same device is used by the Department of Defense, and according to the company provides authentication that meets SP800-116 implementation guidelines and is also FIPS201-certified and approved by the TSA.

Multispectral scanning is based on the use of multiple spectrums of light to extract fingerprints from the surface and subsurface of a user’s finger.

“The Rhino reader facilitated a seamless transition to biometrics for BWI by providing the ability to continue to use HID iClass cards and PINs while they were enrolling employee fingerprints onto the smart cards,” John Cassise, Innometriks CEO said. “This mixed mode was very critical to the BWI security administrators.”

Reported previously, Lumidigm recently announced that its sensors were also being used as a part of the Republic of Korea’s immigration clearing process. 

In addition to the ports in Korea, Lumidigm’s multispectral readers are also being used at the ports of Antwerp and Zeebrugge in Belgium. 

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