01 September, 2003
ASIS International is an industry leading organization for professionals in the security industry. With more than 33,000 members around the world, ASIS helps define and shape the security policies and practices of the modern enterprise. In mid-September, the ASIS 49th Annual Seminar and Exhibits was held in New Orleans, Louisiana. More than 135 educational sessions and 2,000 booth spaces gave the estimated 17,000 attendees a chance to learn about and see the latest in both physical and logical security technologies.
CR80News staff were in attendance at the show meeting with exhibitors and investigating new advances in card-based security. The following article provides an overview of some of the highlights from the conference.
Avery Dennison Office Products launches new line of photo ID supplies in office supply stores
A new photo ID system developed by Avery Dennison, a company known largely for its labels and office supplies, enables low tech ID badges to printed via a webcam and inkjet printer. Designed as a visitor management system, the package includes imaging software including a database for visitor log storage, camera, barcode scanner, and pre-sized card media. The cards are not printed on plastic but rather on paper or self-adhesive labels that can then be inserted into badge holders or affixed to plastic stock. The package retails for less than $1000 and can be purchased at office supply stores.
Visit www.photoid.avery.com for more details.
Cansec’s Zodiac contactless biometric reader and Biotags enable stick-on addition of biometric security to existing cards and access control systems
Canadian security equipment company Cansec is offering a fingerprint biometric reader that uses an ISO 15693 contactless card or tag to store the biometric template. When the user places his finger on the reader’s optical biometric sensor from SecuGen®, the resulting template is compared to that stored on the card. If the two match, the card facility code and ID number is transmitted to the security system via Weigand or ABA output. Cansec complements the Zodiac reader with a Biotag, a small round peel-and-stick label that houses Inside Contactless’ ISO 15693 chip containing the ID number and the biometric template. Biotags are designed for affixing to existing ID cards, cell phones, or other devices to eliminate the security systems providers need to reissue cards to their population.
For more information, visit www.cansec.com.
AMAG offers access control readers supporting the US military’s Common Access Card
Security technology developer and system provider AMAG Technology offers a contactless reader (S813) that combines Mifare® and Mifare® DESFire cards and tokens with biometric capability. The fingerprint biometric is stored on the card and verified using an on-board Bioscrypt® sensor. Another reader, the S731, supports the Department of Defense’s Common Access Card enabling read of both the contact chip and the contactless Mifare® DESFire technology. Both readers utilize a secure, bi-directional communication between the reader and the AMAG access control system. Breaking from the typical Weigand standard for access control communication, this method is non-standard but provides an additional level of security against line sniffing and greater flexibility for communication from the system out to the addressable reader.
Visit www.amagaccess.com for more details.
Hirsch Electronics extends its access reader line to include the contactless ScrambleSmart™
Access control manufacturer Hirsch Electronics (Santa Ana, California) has released a new version of its ScramblePad® reader that incorporates Mifare® contactless technology. The ScramblePad concept centers around an electronic keypad that scrambles the digits randomly on the display. This makes it far more difficult for others to view the pattern of PIN code entry and gain unauthorized access to a secured location. Additionally, the scrambling of digits eliminates the condition of uneven wear over time which can be used to determine the digits used in the PIN entry. Combining the Mifare® technology to create the ScrambleSmart™ reader, security is increased by facilitating both card and PIN entry. The BioSmart® reader integrates the Mifare component with Hirsch’s biometric fingerprint reader.
Visit www.hirschelectronics.com for more details.
Kaba Access Control to market LEGIC® contactless readers and tokens in North America
Kaba Access Control (Winston-Salem, NC) is bringing a new reader from LEGIC® to the North American access control market. Called the LPR-10M, the reader is designed to work with LEGIC’s 13.56 MHz contactless cards and tokens. LEGIC is a market leader in contactless access control and technology in Europe and other parts of the world. Kaba’s Millenium® access control system will be a beneficiary of the new reader and card option, but the reader will also be marketed for use with other vendor systems.
Visit www.kaba-ilco.com or www.legic.com for more info.
HID unveils an array of products supporting its iClass™ contactless technology
As usual, one of the most crowded places at the conference was the HID exhibit. With a range of new products supporting the company’s iClass™ contactless smart card, there was plenty to see. Two companies–Bioscrypt (www.bioscrypt.com) and Identix (www.identix.com)–announced readers that combine biometric fingerprint technology with the iClass™ technology. Called bioClass, the fingerprint templates are stored on the iClass™ chip and compared to the actual fingerprint scan conducted by the reader’s on-board sensor. Also on display was an iClass™ reader that secures personal computer sessions. The technology from RFIdeas (www.rfideas.com) enables secure logon to Windows® machines. And ViVOtech (www.vivotech.com) demonstrated its new ViVOpay reader that enables iClass™ cards to be read by existing point of sale and dining management systems.
Visit www.hidcorp.com for more details.
TI-RFID demonstrates line of readers and products based on ISO 15693 technology
Texas Instruments Radio Frequency Identification Systems (TI-RFID™) showcased a wall of different access control options based upon its chips utilizing the industry standard ISO 15693 protocol. Reading cards from just inches to full arm’s length distances, the flexibility of the reader line was demonstrated. Reading the same cards and tokens, a turnstile from DSI showed just how the contactless technology can help expedite the authorized entrance of individuals to venues and events.
Visit www.ti-rfid.com for more information.
TIMEbadge plastic IDs change color automatically enabling visual card expiration
TempBadge of Suffern, NY demonstrated its ID card stock that changes color automatically to indicate badge expiration. The individually identifiable data is printed onto a white front sheet of the badge. The front sheet is adhered to a back sheet containing the TIMEbadge’s special “migrating ink.” In a predetermined timeframe, the ink bleeds from the back sheet to the front sheet, changing the color of the badges background from white to red. Different card stock provides differing timeframes (e.g. one day, one week, or one month, or several hours).
To learn more, visit www.tempbadge.com.