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Defense ministry deploys BIO-key biometric management platform


BIO-key revealed that the cybersecurity group of an unnamed government defense ministry has selected and deployed BIO-key’s WEB-key server-based biometric management platform, as well as BIO-key fingerprint scanners, to protect its existing federated Microsoft Active Directory environment.

The US$257K initial purchase order will enable strong authentication for the users of defense ministry IT systems and is expected to lead to additional opportunities as the solution is deployed more broadly.

According to a company statement, BIO-key worked closely with the ministry’s cybersecurity team to integrate its state-of-the-art, cloud-enabled biometric authentication platform with their Microsoft Windows Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) to deliver a more secure biometric single sign-on access to systems and applications located across organizational boundaries.

Mike DePasquale, chairman and CEO, BIO-key commented, “This contract confirms the security, workflow and return on investment benefits of our solutions in enabling customers to meet rigorous requirements for strong multi-factor authentication. Defense ministries must be at the cutting edge of highly secure and cost-effective solutions to protect sensitive infrastructure from security threats. We are proud to have been selected by this highly sophisticated customer as their trusted biometric security provider.”

Revenue from the contract is expected to be recognized in the company’s fiscal 2018 first quarter.

This contract wins comes on the heels of a $4 million software order earlier this month for BIO-key’s enterprise fingerprint biometric authentication platform, including maintenance, from an existing Fortune 500 customer.

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