Press Release Summary:
LaserPass(TM) combines RFID technology with IDLock(TM) counterfeit-resistant, tamperproof optical memory to provide secure electronic identity solution. While RFID is used as read ahead data base pointer, Optical IDLock provides instant automatic card authentication, one-to-one biometric ID verification, and display of digital facial image and other ID data. Product provides attending inspector with comprehensive means to visually verify card, cardholder, and displayed data.
Original Press Release:
LaserCard Corporation Announces 'LaserPass' - Enabling the World's Most Secure Electronic ID Solution for the 21st Century
Unites Optical IDLock(TM) Document Security and RFID
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 18 / -- LaserCard Corporation (NASDAQ:LCRD) today announced the launch of the LaserPass(TM) secure ID card, combining RFID technology with the Company's optical memory technology to enable the world's most secure electronic identity solution. For the first time, nations, businesses and individuals can have the unbreachable ID document security provided by optical memory and the convenience of RFID in a single card. Security officials will be able to view a demonstration of the card at the CardTech/SecureTech Show May 2-4, 2006 at LaserCard's booth #518. Depending upon the RFID chip technology selected by the customer, LaserCard anticipates it will accept orders beginning in June 2006.
"Experts in border, airport, seaport, utility, industrial and commercial security are looking for the most reliable technology to keep people and facilities safe. However, they are also looking for the ability to enhance and facilitate the ID verification process," said Richard Haddock, president and CEO of LaserCard Corporation. "We have designed the state-of-the-art ID document by leveraging the strengths of two complementary technologies that meet these real-world needs."
LaserPass employs emerging RFID (radio frequency identification) technology to expedite border crossings and remotely identify individuals. By combining RFID with the proven counterfeit-resistant and tamperproof strengths of optical memory, LaserPass addresses the privacy and security vulnerability concerns of relying solely on RFID to protect a nation's borders or people. In so doing, LaserCard has enabled the world's most secure ID solution, which truly bridges today's reality of human/visual document checks with the future of wide-scale machine readability and authentication.
"RFID provides facilitation, but it by itself is not a secure identity document," said Haddock. "An optical memory card is a secure document, and provides a forensically validateable credential, which is essential for the prosecution of attempted fraud or counterfeiting. No IC chip-based card alone is such a document. Optical cards have been proven in high profile government ID programs worldwide and, most significantly, there is no known case of its data security being compromised."
"Building on our extensive experience, we have combined key elements of our optical memory technology into "Optical IDLock," a highly sophisticated layering and blending of overt, covert and forensic security and identity management features," Haddock continued. "Collectively they make each card uniquely counterfeit resistant, tamper evident and permanently locked to the identity of the cardholder. No other technology can deliver this."
LaserPass addresses all the essential security and application requirements for a secure Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative PASS Card. The company's proven made-in-the-U.S.A. solution for U.S. border security is also ideally suited for the anticipated Temporary Guest-Worker Card.
Flexible Solution for a Diversity of Applications
LaserPass represents the culmination of years of R&D by the Company, yielding technology advances that optimize the capabilities of the optical and RFID technologies on a single card platform. Its flexibility will allow security officials to use the same card in multiple ways, depending on the application, security requirements and threat level.
o In Combination for Maximum Security
-- RFID as a "read ahead" data base pointer at land border crossings, allowing data to be retrieved and queued awaiting inspection
-- Optical IDLock provides instant automatic card authentication, very rapid one-to-one biometric ID verification, and display of digital facial image and other ID data directly from the optical memory
-- Provides attending inspector with unparalleled surety in visually verifying card, cardholder and displayed data
o Optical IDLock for High Security
-- High security building or border entry using on-board biometrics. ID data cannot be changed for fraudulent purposes
-- Can be used on-line or, if the network is down, securely off-line
o Optical IDLock as Back Up
-- All RFID data is backed up on the optical media
-- Can be used when the network is down or slow
-- Used when the chip may have been compromised or there is suspicion about the cardholder's match to the database image or tampering with the card's printed personal data
-- As forensic evidence in criminal prosecutions for tampering or counterfeiting of either the chip's data or card personalized data
o Optical IDLock on a "Flash Pass" Credential
-- Main security feature when card used as visual "flash pass" for building entry, airline check-in, security check points, applying for government services, etc.
-- Tamperproof visual security features support confident card authentication
-- Full biometric ID verification for "secondary" inspection
About LaserCard Corporation
LaserCard Corporation manufactures and markets LaserCard(R) optical memory cards, chip-ready Optical/Smart(TM) cards and other advanced-technology secure identification cards. The Company has sold over 35 million secure ID cards to meet the demanding requirements for border security, immigration and national identification in countries around the world, including the United States, Canada, and Italy. In addition, the Company manufactures optical card read/write drives and develops optical card system software, card-related ID subsystems and peripherals. The Company operates a wholly owned German subsidiary: Challenge Card Design Plastikkarten GmbH, which manufactures advanced-technology cards and also does business as cards & more GmbH, which markets cards, system solutions, and card personalization printers.
CONTACT: STEPHEN PRICE-FRANCIS, +1-631-385-7135, for LaserCard Corporation