BIO-key(R) Delivers FBI-Compliant 2 Factor Authentication Solution for First Responders
WALL, N.J., April 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — BIO-key International, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: BKYI), a leader in finger-based biometric identification solutions, today announced the Oklahoma County (OK) Sheriff’s Office successful deployment of an FBI-compliant advanced authentication solution for law enforcement mobile data system users statewide, based on BIO-key’s secure fingerprint authentication.
This solution complies with new federal security requirements for advanced user authentication from in-vehicle laptops accessing FBI Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) databases, while streamlining the log on process for busy patrol officers and other users. More than 400 fingerprint scanners have been installed in Oklahoma State Highway Patrol vehicles and in patrol cars in Tulsa County and Oklahoma County. Upon completion of this deployment, 800 police vehicles will be equipped statewide.
The project, funded through the Oklahoma District Attorneys Council under the federal Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) program, is being managed by the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s Office hosts the statewide mobile data system serving more than 70 federal, state, county and municipal law enforcement agencies.
“The reception from officers in the field has been fantastic,” reported Lieutenant Matt Jackson of the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office. “We’re able to meet a new federal security requirement and make their job easier at the same time. The log on process is more streamlined. Officers no longer have to remember their user ID or password, and, unlike a token or smartcard, you can’t damage, misplace or lose your fingerprint.”
BIO-key’s Vector Segment Technology(TM) (VST(TM)), the patented fingerprint matching algorithm used to identify the officers in this application, is integrated with InterActMobile, the mobile data solution from BIO-key partner, Interact Public Safety Systems, which these Oklahoma agencies currently use.
The BIO-key solution is fingerprint reader independent, allowing for enrollment, identification and verification to be performed across a variety of fingerprint scanners. This feature provided Oklahoma County with the ability to deploy a fingerprint reader that not only meets the rigorous US Federal Information Processing Standard 201 (FIPS 201) for Personal Identification Verification (PIV) for law enforcement users, but one that is also NIST-certified for 2-finger digital fingerprint capture. As a result, the same readers can be used by officers in the field to help positively identify persons of interest when these departments get wireless access to the state’s offender fingerprint database in the near future – eliminating the need for additional readers and saving money.
“With the deadline for complying with FBI advanced authentication requirements fast approaching, we expect other law enforcement agencies to look closely at what Oklahoma is doing,” said BIO-key CEO Mike DePasquale. “We offer partner solutions that use our fingerprint-based biometrics authentication software for accessing departmental workstations as well. This provides agencies with the ability to use the employee fingerprint that only needs to be enrolled once to authenticate the user – on any device, in any location – or to positively identify the employee in other applications.”
To expand on this point, in an April 20th article published by PoliceOne.com, Tom Bush III, former assistant director of the FBI and a Strategic Advisor for BIO-key stated “In addition to meeting FBI requirements, biometric solutions that provide significant improvement in security while reducing operational costs are being deployed in a variety of applications including facility access, network logon and application sign-on solutions, and integration with time clock systems.”
BIO-key International, Inc., headquartered in Wall, New Jersey, develops and delivers advanced identification solutions to commercial and government enterprises, integrators, and custom application developers. BIO-key’s award winning, high performance, scalable, cost-effective and easy-to-deploy biometric finger identification technology accurately identifies and authenticates users of wireless and enterprise applications. Our solutions are used in local embedded OEM products as well as some of the world’s largest identification deployments to improve security, guarantee identity, and help reduce identity theft. BIO-key’s technology is offered directly or by market leading partners around the world. (http://www.bio-key.com)
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