Smart Card Development Platform includes biometric system.

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Allowing developers to achieve balance in privacy and security, BCP-3 Development Platform combines fingerprint imaging, enrollment, and authentication in credit card-sized package. Fingerprint sensor, constructed of thin polymer materials, is coupled with minutia-based fingerprint matching algorithm and embedded electronics. Utilizing BCP-3, integrators can create smart card that works with existing card readers, wireless systems, and other card infrastructure.



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Fidelica Microsystems Announces Release of Fingerprint Authentication Platform



MILPITAS, Calif., Feb. 20 /-- Fidelica Microsystems, Inc., a pioneering developer of biometrics technology, today announced the availability of the Company's BCP-3 smart card development platform featuring a fully-embedded biometric system. Fidelica's platform is the first in the industry that allows fingerprint imaging, enrollment, and authentication to be contained entirely within a standard credit card-sized package. Utilizing the BCP-3, integrators can create a smart card with a radically advanced feature set that works with existing card readers, wireless systems, and other card infrastructure. Biometric security can be added to a system simply by upgrading cards.

Fidelica has already implemented its beta BCP platform in several different configurations, including the DIVAcard biometric ID for URU Technologies, Inc. The DIVAcard will be used for federal government infrastructure security at sensitive sites such as airports and harbors.

"We needed a biometric authentication system that ensures conclusive user ID while protecting user privacy," said Michael Conforti, President of URU Technologies, Inc. "Fidelica has created an embedded system that allowed us to add biometric identification to our identity credential, bringing security up to today's requirements, while protecting our customer's existing investments."

Fidelica offers a unique biometric platform for smart cards, based on their proprietary fingerprint imaging and authentication technology. Their fingerprint sensor, constructed of thin, flexible, polymer materials, is compact and robust, making it ideal for embedded applications. In the BCP-3 platform, the sensor is coupled with an efficient minutia-based fingerprint matching algorithm and advanced embedded electronics. This combination results in a system that meets industry standards for performance and government and international standards for content and format.

The BCP-3 platform will allow developers to achieve a balance in privacy and security that has long been sought after. With the entire system on the card, all processes using personal data -- fingerprint acquisition, image processing, fingerprint storage and matching -- take place on the card. The cardholder's biometric data is held exclusively on the card; no data leaves the card except a match/no match decision.

"Fidelica's BCP-3 platform allows accurate and reliable biometric security to be quickly and economically deployed," said Robert Allen, VP of Marketing and Business Development at Fidelica. "We have generated a toolkit of electronic systems, advanced materials, and novel processes that will allow our customers to integrate and roll out a biometric smart card system in a remarkably short time."

Fidelica's BCP-3, platform with a compact form factor, high reliability and efficiency, and low price, is ideal for a wide variety of applications. In addition to smart cards, Fidelica is developing biometric security platforms for PCs, laptops, and mobile applications such as cell phones and PDAs, for release in 2007.

About Fidelica Microsystems
Fidelica Microsystems is a developer of biometrics technology for electronic security, access and transaction control. Fidelica's proprietary, state-of-the-art pressure sensing technology is produced using robust polymer materials making it ideally suited for smart cards and other small and highly portable authentication solutions. Inherent accuracy, efficiency and simplicity attributes enable security professionals to rapidly deploy Fidelica's fingerprint authentication solutions with minimum infrastructure disruption and within strict budget constraints. For more information, visit www.fidelica.com/ .

CONTACT: Robert Allen of Fidelica Microsystems, Inc., +1-408-941-2290,
rallen@fidelica.com

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