Princeton Identity upgrades biometric access control line with OSDP support and card readers

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Princeton Identity upgrades biometric access control line with OSDP support and card readers

Princeton Identity is adding the upgraded Open Supervised Device Protocol (OSDP) communication standard and built-in card readers to its Access200 family of biometrics-based physical access control systems (PACS).

The enhancements are intended to meet the emerging security and future compatibility needs of Princeton Identity’s access control customers.

OSDP is a standard developed by the Security Industry Association (SIA) and approved by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) in 2020, and is recognized as more secure than previous Wiegand technologies because of its encryption capabilities, according to the announcement.

Princeton Identity joined the SIA’s Identity and Biometric Technology Advisory Board (IBTAB) earlier this month.

“OSDP is the secure communication standard of the future, allowing devices to communicate using AES-128 encryption on the wire,” comments Princeton Identity Vice President of Engineering Sean Singer. “With the addition of the multi-format card reader inside the Access200 we now have a fully secure end-to-end path from the door to the PACS.”

Singer notes that customers can replace existing card readers with biometric devices to improve convenience for single-factor authentication, or to increase their security by combining biometrics with cards in a two-factor system.

The card-reading feature being integrated with the Access200 product family allows organizations to continue using their existing access cards during a seamless transition to adopting biometrics.

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