Announcing the 2007 New Product of the Year
Dec 4, 2007 3:31 PM
The plusID device from Privaris Inc., Charlottesville, Va., has been selected as Access Control & Security Systems' 2007 New Product of the Year. The plusID is a universal security token that combines physical and logical access by using a fingerprint to verify the identity of individuals seeking access to facilities and IT resources. The product was chosen as winner by a panel of judges and a tally of reader votes from 20 finalists in the sixth annual contest.
The plusID features a built-in fingerprint reader, secure onboard storage and compatibility with existing access control systems. It eliminates the need to install biometric readers at every door and computer and replaces passwords and access cards. The device has multiple communication interfaces to make it out-of-the-box compatible with most installed door readers for physical access and with Microsoft operating systems for logical access.
No middleware, wiring or coding is required. The user's fingerprint data is enrolled directly onto plusID and is never transmitted or stored in a back-end database, thus protecting user privacy and reducing enterprise risk and expense.
In developing plusID, privacy was one of the driving forces for Privaris co-founder and Chief Technology Officer Barry W. Johnson. "We thought that a much better way to do it was to distribute biometric information," he explains. "We put the information on a device that is yours, that you carry, that only works for you. It allows me to be in control of my biometric data while offering the convenience of identity verification for necessary transactions."
Look for the full story on the Privaris plusID device in the December issue of Access Control & Security Systems.
For a complete online listing of the Top 20 finalists for 2007 Product of the Year, click here or to see all the entries in the contest, click here.
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Today's New Product
In support of the Privaris family of personal identity verification tokens for secure physical and IT access, an updated version of its plusID Manager Version 2.0 software extends the capabilities and convenience to administer and enroll biometric tokens. The software offers multi-client support, import and export functionality, more extensive reporting features and a key server for a more convenient method of securing tokens to the issuing organization.