Datacard Group and Identix Incorporated (the world’s leading multi-biometrics security technology company), announced they have signed an OEM distribution.
MINNETONKA, MINNESOTA – October 21, 2002 – Datacard Group, a world leader in secure identification solutions and Identix Incorporated (Nasdaq: IDNX), the world’s leading multi-biometrics security technology company, today jointly announced that the two companies have signed an OEM distribution agreement to promote and sell fingerprint identification products and solutions to government and corporate enterprises. As part of the agreement, Datacard intends to offer Identix’ leading BioEngine® fingerprint technology for integration into the Datacard ID Works identity software product suite. The integrated solution would provide heightened security around physical and logical access via biometrically enabled ID cards.
ID Works is a software platform that allows users to customize their plastic card based identification solutions. By integrating BioEngine capabilities, users will now be able to easily generate an identification card – with a stored fingerprint template – which can then be used for a multitude of applications for physical and logical access. The product offering allows the template to be represented as a printed bar code or securely stored in a smart integrated circuit chip that is embedded onto the identification card.
Martin Kearsley, senior vice president and general manager of Datacard’s software and solutions division stated, “The ID Works platform, along with card personalization systems from Datacard, serve our customers’ need for issuance of secure credentials. Biometrics is increasingly important in high security applications and is a key component of our relationship with Identix. It gives us access to the best-of-breed fingerprint technology and peripheral devices that are proven to be scalable and reliable in large-scale enterprise environments.”
Dr. Joseph J. Atick, president and CEO of Identix said, “The agreement with Datacard fits well with our overall strategy of enabling solutions to provide heightened security in an enterprise environment. Datacard brings to us significant domain expertise with respect to identification and smart card solutions. Their participation in providing BioEngine technology as an integrated component to the ID Works product line helps to facilitate Continuity of Authentication™, a human-centric security framework that begins with issuing an identification card and enables the continuous, positive identification of individuals at various access points within an enterprise. We are pleased to work with an industry leader such as Datacard in pursuing this vision.”
About Datacard Group: Datacard Group provides software, systems and professional services needed to build profitable card programs. The company’s solutions portfolio also includes a complete line of secure digital identity systems and card personalization systems. Datacard Group is privately held and based in Minnetonka, Minnesota. Datacard Group serves customers in more than 120 countries.
About Identix Incorporated: Identix Incorporated (Nasdaq: IDNX), recently merged with Visionics Corporation, is the world’s leading multi-biometric security technology company. The company’s broad range of fingerprint and facial recognition technology offerings empower the identification of individuals who wish to gain access to information or facilities, conduct transactions and obtain IDs. Additionally, the company’s products and solution offerings can help identify those who perpetrate fraud and otherwise pose a threat to public safety. Identix’ products serve a broad range of industries and market segments – most notably, government and law enforcement, aviation, financial, healthcare and corporate enterprise. In addition, the company’s wholly owned subsidiary, Identix Public Sector, Inc. provides project management and facilities engineering services to the government sector.
More information on Identix can be accessed via the Company web site at http://www.identix.com.
The statements in this release that relate to future plans, events or performance are forward-looking statements that reflect the Company’s current expectations, assumptions and estimates of future performance and economic conditions. Such statements are made in reliance on the safe harbor provisions of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Identix cautions investors that any forward looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in such forward looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, risks and uncertainties associated with or arising out of or related to: integration of the two companies following the merger with Visionics Corporation, development of the marketplace for biometrics solutions; demand for Identix’ products and services; the ability of the Identix’ alliances to succeed and in particular, the ability of Identix to complete product development, successfully manufacture its products in volume and broadly disseminate its products; increasing levels of competition; availability of funding from federal, state and local government and commercial customers; and other risks as identified in the Identix’ SEC filings. Identix disclaims any intention or obligation to publicly update these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that occur after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.