AXCESS and Digital Defense Group Unveil Long-range Biometrics Credential

IronGate biocard is industry’s first long range biometrically activated digital certificate


DALLAS, TX, September 15, 2006 – Digital Defense Group, a producer of biometric-based secure identity cards, has integrated AXCESS International's (OTCBB: AXSI) ultra-thin long range personnel card to transmit the industry's only long range biometrically activated digital certificate. IronGate biocard is a unique device that allows the benefits of highest level of security with the convenience and high through-put capabilities of active RFID. The impact of this integration allows for applications like high security personnel and vehicle access through borders and industrial and secured facilities without rolling down the window.

IronGate biocard will be demonstrated at the ASIS International 2006 Conference in San Diego, CA, September 25-27, 2006, booth #4100.

"No one in the security industry thought it was possible to combine the highest level of security with long range active RFID technology and fit them into the accepted form factor of a credit card," said Steve Campisi, president of Digital Defense Group. "IronGate biocard is the combination of progressive ideas and leading technologies between Digital Defense Group and AXCESS International. This innovative thinking produced a secure biometrically activated perimeter access control device that securely transmits long range. It's the next generation smart card."

IronGate biocard is a unique solution that meets today's rigorous international security demands. Utilities, transportation, IT, financial, medical and manufacturing are just a few of the industries mandating the use of biometrics in their security procedures. U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security, in their mission to secure U.S. borders and protect critical infrastructure, also is mandating biometrics. This federal directive requires them to issue credentials quickly and monitor access rights that must also protect the user's privacy. The use of on-card biometric authentication assures this privacy. Securely transmitting long-range provides a more flexible identity management platform.

IronGate biocard assures biometric privacy because the biometric is stored on-card. The trusted user enrolls their fingerprints on the card. Once enrolled, no one else can use that card. When activated in an RF field, the biocard performs an on-card 1:1 authentication and wirelessly transmits a digital certificate up to 25 feet. The IronGate biocard solution does not require a centralized database or extra external hardware or software. It works with existing 26-bit Wiegand output access control systems.

As a global provider of Dual-Active Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) solutions and Real Time Location Systems (RTLS), AXCESS integrated its ActiveTag ultra-thin, long range RFID credential to provide the wireless signal. The AXCESS System is based on battery-powered "active" RFID technology, where wireless tags use an on-board power source to transmit signals from up to 100 meters in order to automatically identify, track, monitor, and protect people, assets, and vehicles. The benefit of IronGate biocard is its patented algorithm which generates a higher security credential. When added to existing infrastructure utilizing Wiegand protocol from the AXCESS transmission, it's even more secure.

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