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Aerospace defence contractor deploys BIO-key tech for biometric sign-in


BIO-key announced today that a global security and aerospace company has purchased and deployed BIO-key’s fingerprint reader solutions to support the company’s roll out of Microsoft Windows 10 and Windows Hello for Business.

According to the announcement, the customer is a multi-billion dollar aerospace defense company that provides products and services to governments around the globe. This is the second large aerospace defense contractor to deploy BIO-key’s fingerprint technology since the introduction of the NIST 800-171 mandate for strong authentication to protect the confidentiality of controlled unclassified information.

For this deployment, the customer selected the EcoID enterprise-level compact fingerprint scanner. EcoID is suitable for desktops, laptop docking stations, or thin clients, connecting to the device via a USB cable. The customer also purchased SidePass, which connects directly to the USB port on laptops and tablets. Both EcoID and SidePass have been tested and qualified by Microsoft to bear the Windows Hello-ready mark.

“When an organization of this magnitude migrates to biometric authentication it establishes another milestone for the adoption of biometric technology for the enterprise,” commented Mike DePasquale, chairman and CEO of BIO-key. “Organizations of this size and scope make technology and infrastructure decisions that must stand the test of time. BIO-key has purposefully aligned with Microsoft to ensure that our products and our product development complement the leadership and direction they are offering their customers. Microsoft has made a bold statement to its enterprise customers, that biometric sign-in is the future of authentication, with the introduction and promotion of Windows Hello for Business.”

Last week BIO-key partnered with identiMetrics and mass notification system maker BrightArrow Technologies to launch a biometrics-based communication and messaging software system for school emergencies.

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