Ergonomic Keyboard features built-in fingerprint reader.

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Utilizing optical placement technology, U.are.U® Keyboard works with DigitalPersona® Pro v4.1 authentication software for users who require enterprise secure sign-on and remote access using Citrix and Microsoft Terminal Services. It includes 11 hotkeys: 3 for audio, 3 for Windows tasks, and 5 user-programmable keys. Keyboard is suited for networked office environments and e-commerce applications such as finance and banking, healthcare, retail, and state and local government.

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DigitalPersona Introduces New Ergonomic Keyboard with Built-in Fingerprint Reader

New Ergonomic Keyboard With Built-In Fingerprint Reader Offers Comfort and Security of Fingerprint Biometrics for Desktop Users

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., March 20 -- DigitalPersona, Inc., the leading provider of fingerprint authentication solutions for enterprise networks and commercial applications, today announced the availability of the DigitalPersona U.are.U(R) Fingerprint Keyboard with new ergonomic design and built-in DigitalPersona placement optical reader. The new integrated keyboard has all of the accuracy, durability and convenience of a DigitalPersona U.are.U Fingerprint Reader, yet eliminates the need for desktop users to attach two USB devices such as a keyboard and fingerprint reader.

"Fingerprint biometrics is rapidly gaining acceptance in enterprises, and the marketplace is increasingly witnessing the integration of fingerprint readers into multiple notebook platforms," said Sapna Capoor, biometrics industry analyst at Frost & Sullivan. "The integration of fingerprint readers into keyboards symbolizes a significant step in the acceptance process for fingerprint biometrics. This will help DigitalPersona expand its reach into corporate environments."

"The new DigitalPersona U.are.U Fingerprint Keyboard offers desktop users the comfort and security of fingerprint biometrics with a new ergonomic design," said Chip Mesec, senior product marketing manager of DigitalPersona. "It combines performance with convenience for those who want to minimize the number of peripheral devices on the desktop."

The new keyboard uses DigitalPersona's optical placement technology to achieve superior image quality, a large capture area and greater reliability. The keyboard is ideal for networked office environments and e-commerce applications where the convenience and security of fingerprint authentication is desired.

The new biometric keyboard works hand-in-hand with DigitalPersona(R) Pro 4.1, the company's latest authentication software for users who require enterprise secure sign-on and remote access using Citrix and Microsoft Terminal Services (MTS).

DigitalPersona U.are.U Fingerprint Keyboard
The DigitalPersona U.are.U Fingerprint Keyboard is targeted at corporate enterprises and small to medium-sized businesses worldwide, including commercial industries in finance and banking, healthcare, retail, and state and local government. Some of its new features include:

o New, stylish, ergonomic keyboard with a built-in DigitalPersona placement fingerprint reader
o An attractive and cost-effective option for desktop computers that eliminates having to attach two USB devices, e.g. keyboard and fingerprint reader
o A set of 11 hotkeys, three for audio, three for Windows tasks (Log off, Sleep, and Calculator), and five user programmable keys to speed user workflow

The DigitalPersona Pro product line provides an out-of-the-box user experience with centralized management that enables enterprises to define, enforce and audit policies. DigitalPersona solutions work with more fingerprint readers than any other enterprise secure sign-on solution, and have the biometrics industry's highest authentication reliability for business users.

Pricing and Availability
DigitalPersona Pro Workstation Keyboard Package is priced at $169. The DigitalPersona Pro Kiosk Keyboard Package is also priced at $169. The Package includes one U.are.U Fingerprint Keyboard, one set of Pro Workstation or Kiosk for Active Directory software and one Pro Quick Start Guide. The DigitalPersona Pro Workstation software supports U.are.U Readers, U.are.U Keyboards and embedded fingerprint readers in most popular notebooks. For a complete list of supported notebooks visit . More information about the new keyboard is available at .

About DigitalPersona
DigitalPersona is the leading provider of biometric authentication solutions for enterprise networks, developers and consumer OEMs. Founded in 1996, the company designs, manufactures and sells flexible solutions that improve security and regulatory compliance while resolving password management problems. DigitalPersona's fingerprint readers utilize superior optical fingerprint scanning technology to more accurately authenticate users regardless of finger placement. The company's interoperable biometric software solutions uniquely support the industry's widest array of notebooks with fingerprint readers in addition to its own line of optical placement readers. DigitalPersona's award-winning technology is used worldwide by over 30 million people in the most diverse and challenging environments for fingerprint authentication.

DigitalPersona has strategic relationships with market-leading manufacturers and resellers including Dell Inc., Microsoft and GTSI Corp. DigitalPersona Pro, the company's flagship turnkey security solution for enterprise authentication, is used by leading organizations such as the U.S. Department of Defense, Cargill, Telefonos de Mexico S.A. de C.V, (TelMex), United Bankers' Bank and Sutter Health/CPMC. For more information contact DigitalPersona, Inc. at +1 650.474.4000, or visit

NOTE: DigitalPersona and U.are.U are trademarks of DigitalPersona, Inc. registered in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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