Austria-based biometric developer ekey has announced the release of ekey home and ekey net, its two new consumer-level biometric locks. Each device is intended to replace standard door locks with ones that require only a fingerprint sample to lock and unlock them. While both are physical access control systems, the two systems have a couple of differences.
The ekey home operates as a simple door mounted device that self-contains all fingerprint templates for users and is intended for use in residences. Conversely, the ekey net requires a computer to act as a central server for the door locks. All the door locks then correspond with the computer that contains the database of templates as well as the access authorizations that accompany each one. Ekey net is intended mostly for use in offices or other places of business.