Press Release Summary:
DERMALOG FingerLogin includes keyboard with fingerprint scanner, which utilizes high-performance optics and Live Finger Detection and can be connected via USB interface to PC or thin client. Solution also includes biometric software that compares scan with fingerprint database and password administration. Integrating in networks of public authorities, companies, and other organizations, such as hospitals or banks, product allows only owner of registered finger to retrieve authorized data.
Original Press Release:
Secure Log-in - Fingerprint Replaces Password
HANNOVER and HAMBURG, Germany - Passwords may soon be a thing of the past. Today some laptops already provide the option to log in by fingerprint. Now this technology becomes available for the professional use in large networks. The biometrics specialist DERMALOG presents a new solution at CeBIT 2011, to make logging into networks of a company, bank, hospital or government much easier and much more secure - the DERMALOG FingerLogin, a keyboard with integrated fingerprint scanner, together with the appropriate biometrics software for IT networks. The new technology is already coming into use at the University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE) for more than 3.900 computers of the hospital.
Complicated, frequently changing passwords are a substantial security risk for log-in to corporate networks. In general, they are not protected carefully enough by users to prevent unauthorised access. DERMALOG, Germany's largest biometrics manufacturer, presents a new technology at CeBIT - it is not only more secure, but also easier and faster to use than conventional entry of user name and password: log-in by fingerprint. DERMALOG FingerLogin comprises two components - the keyboard with integrated fingerprint scanner, ensuring maximum security by means of its high-performance optics and Live Finger Detection. The keyboard can be connected via USB interface to a PC or Thin Client. Secondly, powerful biometric software, comparing the scan with the fingerprint database and password administration. DERMALOG FingerLogin is the first professional biometric solution designed for a large number of users and appropriate for integration in networks of public authorities, companies and other organisations, such as hospitals or banks. The system runs under Windows and Linux.
The main benefits of this innovation are evident - more security for networks and data. Users no longer have to remember passwords, or to note them down, which always means a security risk. Because the access data are often kept in more or less obvious places right next to the computer. Use of DERMALOG FingerLogin eliminates this source of risk, and substantially improves data security. A fingerprint is a unique individual characteristic and, unlike passwords, it cannot be stolen or passed on to someone else. Only the owner of a registered finger can get at the data which are authorised for his/her access. Any attempt to use an artificial finger is reliably detected by the Live Finger Recognition system which is integrated in the fingerprint scanner.
This fast, convenient log-in system by fingerprint also avoids the inconvenience of keying in a password, and thus also eliminates the risk that applications with sensitive data could be opened when the user temporarily leaves the workplace. It also saves work for IT departments, because there is no longer any need for the time- and cost-intensive procedure of password changing.
"The new FingerLogin system means passwords could soon be a thing of the past," says Guenther Mull, CEO of DERMALOG. "We want to minimise the security risk where large groups of users are accessing networks with sensitive data. Fingerprint biometrics is the ideal solution, because it is convenient and secure."
University Clinics implements DERMALOG FingerLogin
The new technology from DERMALOG is already operational today, as demonstrated by the University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE), which will in future protect its highly sensitive patients data with DERMALOG FingerLogin, and is currently fitting out more than 3,900 computers with the new technology. As Prof. Dr. Jörg F. Debatin, the Medical Director and CEO of UKE explains, "As a university hospital, we see it as our responsibility to shape future developments. Together with our industrial partners, we are setting the trends for tomorrow. It gives clear benefits to introduce these keyboards in the everyday work of our hospital - they can only be used by persons positively identified by fingerprint scanning, and that gives comprehensive protection from unauthorised access. And elimination of password entry makes log-in easier and quicker."
DERMALOG is the largest German biometrics manufacturer and one of the world leaders in fingerprint biometrics. DERMALOG presents FingerLogin at CeBIT in Hall 11, Stand B38.