New Panasonic Iris Reader Delivers Faster, More Accurate Access Control Identification and Authentication

San Diego, CA (September 25, 2006) – Panasonic Security Systems, a division of Panasonic System Solutions Company (PSSA), introduces the new BM-ET200 Iris Reader here at ASIS 2006. The BM-ET200 combines Panasonic’s core video and imaging technology with an advanced new iris image capture engine and dual mirror design to provide the most accurate and easy to use form of non-invasive biometric identification and authentication.

“Panasonic Iris Readers deliver fast and accurate system enrollment and authentication without the need for any physical contact," said Frank DeFina, President, Panasonic System Solutions Company (PSSA). “No other non-invasive identification system is as precise, easy to use or as enduring as Panasonic’s Iris Readers.”

The new BM-ET200 Iris Reader is simple to configure and provides recognition results in only 0.3 seconds. A dual mirror configuration makes it easy for the individual to align the eyes for accurate reading, capturing a detailed image of both irises for maximum accuracy. Voice instructions guide the user’s position for optimal performance. The BM-ET200 can either be used as part of a stand-alone system or integrated into a larger network.

Iris recognition technology allows fast one-to-many searches on an extremely large database. The system’s enrollment and authentication algorithm, developed by Iridian Technologies, Inc., makes a template or “map” of each person's iris pattern, for storage on a database or onto an access card or token. To verify identity, an individual simply 'looks into' a Panasonic Iris Reader and the system compares his/her iris pattern images with iris templates stored in the database or portable device. If there is a match, the identity is verified.

More information about the entire range of Panasonic solutions will also be available as a free download in video format from Panasonic’s website after the ASIS show. "We want to offer users and our partners a choice of reference materials in different media to showcase the breadth of our offering," said Julianna Benedick, Group Marketing Manager, Panasonic System Solutions Company. “In addition, our on-line offering also includes a new system configurator which is available free to assist with system design and specification.” Visit www.panasonic.com/security.

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