Privaris® Launches World's First Personal Biometric Device for Secure Access to Multiple Facilities, Computers and Networks
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA - June 27, 2006: Privaris Inc., a leading provider of wireless biometric security solutions, today announced the world's first mobile, handheld device that enhances security while eliminating the need for employees to use multiple access cards and passwords.
The new key-fob-sized device, named plusID, authenticates a user's identity with their fingerprint and enables secure access to buildings and other physical facilities, local and remote computers and networks, and online or onsite financial transactions.
The plusID incorporates features not available in other biometric security products:
Barry W. Johnson, Co-founder, President, and CEO of Privaris, Inc. believes the plusID biometric fob introduces a new era of convenience, privacy and security for companies and their employees. "The plusID can help protect buildings, computer networks and financial transaction systems from thieves, hackers and terrorists. It also eliminates employee frustration with having to carry multiple access cards and remember multiple passwords," said Johnson.
"plusID fulfills our corporate vision of providing biometric technology that fits easily into our everyday lives. Our partners, Broadcom Corporation and HID® Global - who are market leaders and innovators in security access technology and products - share this vision. Their collaboration was important in bringing such a strong product to market," said Johnson.
plusID's compatibility with existing security technology from HID, Indala®, Kantech, and SARGENT® means that plusID is a cost-effective biometric addition that requires no changes to existing security infrastructures.
The device, which is Bluetooth, proximity RF, and USB enabled, includes a fingerprint sensor, buttons for application selection, LED status indicators, an LCD for one-time password display, a USB connector, on-board fingerprint processing, cryptographic services, a rechargeable battery, and credential transmission capability at multiple RF frequencies.
Michael M. Kohonoski, Chief Operating Officer of Privaris stated that plusID's specification and pricing is aimed at broad application across physical and logical security markets. "plusID plays directly into the trend toward converged IT and physical security solutions and the increasing security needs of commercial enterprises, governments and our society as a whole."
Privaris has collaborated with the largest players in the security industry, including:
Announced today, plusID75 is the first product in Privaris' new plusID line of self-contained biometric security products. In the coming months, Privaris will announce new plusID variations to address long-range vehicle gate access, government security initiatives (such as Personal Identity Verification or PIV), and authentication for financial and retail applications.
plusID75 will begin shipping in August 2006, with full production in October 2006.
Each plusID biometric fob:
Third party applications for the device can be easily developed using the Privaris application programming interface (API).
Privaris Inc. focuses its technology expertise on the intersection of high security biometric applications and an individual's right to personal privacy. Privaris products authenticate the identity of an individual prior to that individual being granted access to facilities, resources, services, and transactions. Privaris Inc. is a privately-held Delaware corporation with its headquarters in Charlottesville, Virginia. www.privaris.com
Broadcom Corporation is a global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications. Our products enable the delivery of voice, video, data and multimedia to and throughout the home, the office and the mobile environment. Broadcom provides the industry's broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art system-on-a-chip and software solutions to manufacturers of computing and networking equipment, digital entertainment and broadband access products, and mobile devices. These solutions support our core mission: Connecting everything®.
Broadcom, one of the world's largest fabless semiconductor companies with annual revenue of more than $2.5 billion, is headquartered in Irvine, California and has offices and research facilities in North America, Asia and Europe. Broadcom may be contacted at 1-949-450-8700 or at www.broadcom.com.
About HID Global
HID Global is a leading manufacturer in the access control industry, serving customers worldwide with proximity and contactless smart card technologies; central station managed access controllers; secure and custom card solutions; digital identity and photo card management software solutions; and RFID electromechanical locking cylinders. Headquartered in Irvine, California, HID Global operates international offices that support more than 100 countries and is a member of ASSA ABLOY Global Technologies Division. To learn more, please visit www.hidcorp.com.
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