Schlage Biometric FingerKey DX-2400 Handles Multiple Credentials, Including MIFARE

CAMPBELL, CALIF. – January 24, 2007 – Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies today announced that an integrated MIFARE smart card reader is now an option available for its FingerKey DX family of products. These biometric finger scanners can use a variety of credentials including proximity and magnetic stripe cards as well HID iCLASS and now MIFARE standard 1K and 4K programmable contactless smart cards, through the new FingerKey DX-2400 model.

"Offering integrated MIFARE standard card readers makes our finger scanners even friendlier to existing and future electronic access control systems," explains Bashar Masad, Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies, Schlage Recognition Systems director of marketing. "The FingerKey DX-2400, along with our already proven HandKey II with integrated smart card option, provides greater security and biometric template portability for our hand geometry and finger scanning technologies."

MIFARE standard contactless smart cards store both the user's ID number and fingerprint template on the card, eliminating the need to distribute templates across a network or require the access control system to manage biometric templates. This means integration to existing access control applications is greatly simplified and there are no additional network infrastructure costs. Because the template resides only on the card, the solution also eases individual privacy concerns.

The FingerKey DX family of biometric access control readers provides low-cost biometric alternatives designed to secure smaller user populations. The FingerKey DX includes a keypad and LCD display. Expanded memory and Ethernet options are also available. Verification takes less than two seconds. The user simply enters a PIN code or presents a card, which calls up a template to scan or pulls the template from a smartcard. Then, the user places a finger on the FingerKey reader for verification of the template.

Along with the new FingerKey DX-2400 MIFARE reader, Schlage Recognition Systems also offers the FingerKey DX-2000, which uses a keypad or external reader for template verification, and the FingerKey DX-2100, which has an integrated HID proximity reader and the FingerKey DX-2200, which uses an HID iCLASS smart card. The variety of options provided by Schlage Recognition Systems creates an extremely flexible combination of solutions for most applications.

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