HID Global integrates biometric tech into smartcard reader

18/08/15

Secure identity solutions firm HID Global has integrated Lumidigm biometrics technology with its OMNIKEY contactless smart card readers to simplify identity validation for citizen ID and many financial, healthcare and other commercial applications.

With the Lumidigm V-Series V371 fingerprint reader, program administrators can verify users' identities by having them present a card, fingerprint or both to the reader. The solution is designed to streamline enrollment and transactions while preventing the use of fake fingerprints.

HID Global completed the acquisition of multispectral imaging technology authentication solutions firm Lumidigm in February 2014.

"As the first HID Global offering to integrate Lumidigm technology, the V371 reader brings the best available fingerprint biometric performance to contactless reader applications where knowing your customer is of utmost importance," said Paul Butler, vice president and general manager of the biometrics business at HID Global.

"The V371 streamlines cardholder access and eliminates fraud from shared or stolen ID cards. Other anti-counterfeit methods have been used to combat card fraud, but only the V371 ensures authenticated users are the same people that were issued the cards."

Originally designed for a national citizen ID program, the V371 is a tool for any identity verification application where individuals enroll their fingerprint information onto a contactless card. Validation is accomplished by matching the individual's fingerprint with his or her biometric data that was written to the card during enrollment. 

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