Keyboard and Reader use fingerprints for authentication.

Press Release Summary:



Preferred Pro USB Fingerprint Keyboard and USB Fingerprint Reader offers ThinkCentre(TM) and ThinkPad® users secure means to access Windows(TM) Login, Internet Web sites, Lotus Notes® Login, and authentication on wireless networks. Keyboard embeds swipe style fingerprint reader in palm rest and includes Access IBM key for access to on-system and online information. USB Fingerprint Reader also includes swipe reader and is small enough for travel use.



Original Press Release:



IBM Preferred Pro USB Fingerprint Keyboard and IBM USB Fingerprint Reader



Give you the extra convenience and security of substituting fingerprints for passwords for these applications:

Windows Login

Internet and intranet Web sites

Lotus Notes Login

Wireless network authentication

File and folder encryption

The IBM Preferred Pro USB Fingerprint Keyboard also offers these features:

"Swipe" style fingerprint reader

Full-size Preferred Pro IBM keyboard layout

Access IBM button

The IBM USB Fingerprint Reader offers these additional features:

Small size ideal for travel

"Swipe" style fingerprint reader

A one-foot cable and a six-foot cable are included for use in a variety of environments

For technical support:

Call the IBM Support Center at 800-IBM-SERV (426-7378)

or

Request technical information via the Personal Computing Division Web site at http://www.ibm.com/pc/support

Overview
ThinkCentre(TM) and ThinkPad® users can now enjoy the convenience and security offered by the IBM Preferred Pro USB Fingerprint Keyboard and IBM USB Fingerprint Reader. Instead of using passwords to access the Windows(TM) Login, Internet Web sites, the Lotus Notes® Login, and authentication on wireless networks, you can simply swipe your fingerprint (free software download required).

IT managers can appreciate the fact that this solution helps to decrease help desk calls due to lost passwords, since multiple unique passwords are available at your fingertips and stored securely on the computer. Since the user IDs and passwords are protected by the IBM Embedded Security Subsystem, you can be assured that your private information is secure.

The IBM Preferred Pro USB Fingerprint Keyboard takes advantage of IBM's legendary keyboard design and embeds a "swipe" style fingerprint reader in the palm rest. This feature is ideal for ThinkCentre systems or ThinkPad docking solutions. Also included is an Access IBM key, which gives you easy access to on-system and online information from IBM. This Business Black keyboard is available in many major languages.

The IBM USB Fingerprint Reader also includes a "swipe" reader. It is small in size making it convenient for travel use. It comes with two cables, a short one-foot cable for use with a ThinkPad, and a six-foot cable for use with a ThinkCentre or with ThinkPad docking solutions.

Key prerequisites
ThinkCentre and ThinkPad systems with USB port

Microsoft(TM) Windows 2000 or Microsoft Windows XP

Planned availability date
February 28, 2005

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