silex technology america expands biometrics line

November 2, 2006 -- The company's portable S2 fingerprint reader uses radio frequency (RF) technology to more accurately capture minute data points.

November 2, 2006 -- silex technology america, Inc. has added its S2 fingerprint reader to its line of biometric products. The company says the device uses radio frequency (RF) technology to read the inner layer of a fingerprint, allowing the sensor to more accurately capture minute data points.

Aimed at government, healthcare and financial markets, the pocket-sized RF fingerprint reader incorporates a UIM (SIM) card that connects directly to the USB port of a computer, providing personal ID access and control of PCs and networks. The company says the device is a reliable means of ensuring the security of organizations' confidential documents, and can be used to to encrypt data files, folders and software applications.

According to the company, with the S2 attached to a lanyard, a user such can physically move around an organization and use the device to authenticate and view files and sensitive information on the network. When finished, the user disconnects the S2 from the computer, which automatically logs that person off the network and secures the files.

The company says the device is designed to increase security, eliminate resistance to electrostatic discharge (ESD) and replace passwords with a fingerprint, allowing only the authorized user's fingerprint to unlock files. The company notes that while most fingerprint readers contain a silicon dye that can be damaged through excessive contact and moisture from users' fingerprints, the S2's sensor is located beneath the device's surface away from the direct contact of wet fingerprints and other potential hazards.

Additionally, the comopany says the device uses RF technology incorporating "minutiae matching algorithms" that scan beneath the surface of the skin to obtain a more accurate reading of the fingerprint. Users can carry the product in their pocket or on a lanyard, and by plugging it into the computer using the USB cable, can access files on the network.

"In designing the S2, we took into consideration the needs of our users: durability, reliability and portability," says Gary Bradt, vice president of silex's biometrics division. "By addressing these three needs, users benefit in two ways -- by having the peace of mind that their documents are secure, and that only authorized users are able to access confidential documents the first time, every time."

The S2 fingerprint reader is currently available. For more information, go to the company's Web site,

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