Biometric keyboards with new security software

19th October 2006
ES Admin

Cherry Electrical Products demonstrated a new robust and highly integrated identity and access management security software on the company’s FingerTIP ID keyboards at the Biometrics Show 2006 at Westminster.

Bioscrypt’s VeriSoft Access Manager protects sensitive data, consolidates and stores user identities and passwords for web-based and Microsoft Windows applications. The software automatically enters logon credentials when a registered application is accessed. It also allocates and secures part of a hard-drive to store documents for safeguarding, creating a type of ‘digital safe’ accessed via fingerprint ID. An added unique feature is the E-wallet, which allows for safe storage of credit card details and integrated event logging provides a secure and irrefutable audit trail.

Says Robin Bithrey, Keyboard Sales Support Engineer at Cherry: “The beauty of VeriSoft Access Manager is that all its functions are accessible in one window, which avoids complicated access paths to the many features offered. The design is extremely user-friendly and of a simplicity which, combined with intelligent and secure designs, makes this software highly desirable. It is for this reason we wished to associate our name with Bioscrypt.”

The software is enabled on Cherry’s G83-14200/14300 range of FingerTIP ID biometric USB keyboards with CMOS fingerprint sensor AES 4000 from AuthenTec with TruePrint® technology. The board also comprises a 3121-compatible CardMan smart card reader, which in combination with VeriSoft, allows for multiple authentication methods to be used in any combination when assigning access privileges to applications and services. As well as fingerprint biometrics and smartcards, the software supports multifactor user authentication, including Trusted Platform Modules, USB and virtual tokens.

“We believe this combination of VeriSoft Access Manager and the Cherry keyboard provides a convenient and compelling security solution that supports multiple methods of authentication,” said Robert L. Williams, President and CEO of Bioscrypt. “Cherry has a demonstrated ability to bring biometric and smart card technology to the retail market, particularly through their FingerTIP ID Board. We look forward to working with them to capitalise on this opportunity.”

VeriSoft Access Manager supports Multi-Vendor Fingerprint Verification and includes Bioscrypt’s award-winning fingerprint matching algorithms, which won first-place at the Fingerprint Verification Competition in 2002 and 2004.

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