Fingerprint Cards adds biometric authentication to support access control

Fingerprint Cards adds biometric authentication to support access control

Fingerprint Cards has upgraded its biometric software platform (FPC-BEP) to provide biometric authentication for access control solutions, card manufacturers and system integrators, based on customized access requirements, the company announced.

By incorporating biometric sensors, the FPC biometric software platform enhances performance for one-to-few and one-to-one authentication scenarios. The one-to-few scenario involves biometric hardware and software embedded in the building’s access control infrastructure. For access and authentication purposes, it records a set of less than 200 biometric credentials. One-to-one authentication installs the biometric sensor and software into a plastic card or wearable. It works as extra security for the current contactless access control infrastructure by emitting biometric-enabled cards or a new system that replaces keys and PINs with multi-factor authentication.

“Biometrics is the perfect way to add convenience and security to access control solutions, as you assure that it is the right person that has the right access,” said Michel Roig, SVP Payments & Access at Fingerprint Cards in a prepared statement. “This solution is built upon the success and R&D of our mobile and payments software platforms, which verify billions of touches per day, and enables access control stakeholders to layer additional security onto existing or new infrastructure. Both scenarios remove the risk of lost and stolen access cards and offer significantly higher security than PINs and keys. All while maintaining user convenience and privacy, which are fundamental.”

During the enrollment process, biometric credentials can be encrypted on the device after being turned into a biometric template. The user’s biometric information is safe in case of theft, because the templates cannot be deconstructed, the company says.

Fingerprint Cards notes that extensive internal tests using the FPC Access sensor series shows notable biometric performance, FRR less than 3 percent, FAR 1/500,000, and the fastest matching time available on the market.

The company recently produced a new promotional video for its Touchless 2.0 biometric facial and iris authentication platform. The video depicts a woman completing the enrollment process and then authenticating her biometrics to unlock her mobile device in different situations, including wearing sunglasses.

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