Anti-Microbial Plastic Protects Ingersoll Rand Recognition Systems New Biometric HandPunch Reader

CAMPBELL, CALIF. – July 12, 2006 –Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies today announced that it is using an advanced plastic technology to reduce the spread of micro organisms from people using its new GT Series biometric HandPunch readers for time and attendance applications.  HandPunch readers take a three-dimensional reading of the size and shape of a hand to verify the user’s identity in less than one second.  A special silver-based material, using BioCote® silver antimicrobial technology, is embedded into the plastics used to create the HandPunch, providing a hygienic finish that resists bacterial degradation and reduces bacteria levels on the reader’s surface.

“This high-tech material reduces a concern of some people when it comes to using hand geometry biometrics,” reports Bashar Masad, senior product marketing manager for Ingersoll Rand Recognition Systems.  “Our HandPunch readers are now specifically designed with bacteria reduction in mind.”

BioCote Limited, the market leader in the field of antimicrobial technology, developed the antimicrobial technology used in the handreaders.  The active agents in BioCote® products are incorporated during the manufacturing process and remain active for the life of biometric reader to protect it from degradation.

Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies is a recent recipient of the Application Market Penetration Leadership Award for access control and time and attendance applications in Frost & Sullivan’s study, World Biometrics Market.

Ingersoll Rand’s Security Technologies Sector is a leading global provider of products and services that make environments safe, secure and productive. The sector’s market-leading products include electronic and biometric access-control systems; time-and-attendance and personnel scheduling systems; mechanical locks; portable security; door closers, exit devices, architectural hardware, and steel doors and frames; and other technologies and services for global security markets.  The company is online at