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Speed and authentication are some of the problems of biometric solutions in the past. There were problems with fingerprint recognition and fingerprint reliability. This is what HID Global, a manufacturer of secure identity products, addressed with the introduction of its new product, the iClass SE RB25F fingerprint reader.
According to Nelson Fung, product marketing manager at HID Global, the fingerprint remains the preferred type of biometric technology often used in Asia Pacific (APAC). Facial recognition, despite its popularity among the latest smartphones, is still far away.
HID Global addressed the problems of (un) fingerprint reliability with its Lumidigm multispectral imaging technology with the iCLASS SE® RB25F fingerprint reader, which has been patented worldwide.
"The first thing we want to cover is reliability," said Fung.
There are many factors that make it difficult for biometric devices to read fingerprints and these include temperature, dirt and sometimes genetics. It is not only superficial, since the technology is developed to recognize the surface and the sub-surface of the skin, regardless of the condition of the registered finger.
Fung explained that multispectral images work by capturing a range of trimmed wavelengths of a specific spectrum. It has special cameras that distinguish wavelengths through the use of filters. Is able to read images beyond the skin or what the skin could have covered.
HID Global also emphasized the level of security using biometrics instead of using passwords. Passwords can be guessed, but fingerprints are unique to each individual. The company also offers two-factor authentication and multifactor for organizations that demand a higher level of security than the others.
"At APAC, banking and financial sectors are the strongest market for HID Global," said Alex Tan, Sales Director, ASEAN, Physical Access Control Solutions with HID Global.
The government is also one of the industries that require a high level of security that prefer to use biometrics in their offices.
In the Philippines, Ian Marcos, Christian Marcos, regional sales manager at HID Global in the Philippines, said the company is looking for casinos in addition to call centers, which so far is one of its strongest markets in the country.
Security administrators can download the HID Biometric Manager, a local software tool to configure and manage one or more iCLASS SE RB25F readers. Based on a client and server-based client architecture, the HID Biometric Manager is ideal for registering users' fingerprints, assigning access rights and performing many other functions.