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April 5, 2005

Portable fingerprint identification system aids government security efforts

Exton, Pennsylvania-based Datastrip has partnered with Cogent Systems, a producer of identification technology, to develop a portable fingerprint identification system to aid federal homeland security and other law enforcement efforts.

By CBR Staff Writer

Cogent’s algorithms and software have been incorporated into Datastrip’s new DSVII family of handheld identification terminals, which will enable scanned live fingerprints to be compared to biometric templates for mobile identity verification.

The joint effort is currently being deployed by the US government in Iraq to help bolster security by using identification cards that utilize fingerprints encoded with Cogent’s algorithms and decoded with Datastrip’s DSVII-SC terminals. The system is also being marketed for use in criminal databases.

Datastrip’s DSVII handheld identification terminal models combine a 500 dpi Fujitsu fingerprint sensor with the ability to read contact and contactless smart cards, bar codes, passports or OCR-B data depending on the model.

Each unit weighs roughly two pounds and can communicate wirelessly with a back-end database via 802.11 or Bluetooth technology. It also supports custom Windows Ce.Net applications.

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