Ultra Electronics simplify card printing, joins aptiQ Alliance
Ingersoll Rand has announced that Ultra Electronics Card Systems has joined the aptiQ Alliance program. Membership to the aptiQ Alliance means that Ultra Electronics customers using Magicard Rio Pro can now print and encode high security aptiQ smart cards for use at their own site, be it a corporate office, hospital, school, government building, etc.
aptiQ smart cards use MIFARE DESFire EV1 technology, which features layers of security for mutual authentication, ensuring that the reader and card communicate to verify each other’s identity prior to information exchange. A trusted technology by, amongst others, the U.S. federal government, aptiQ smart cards can also manage access and payments.
FIME to launch mobile security seminar
FIME has announced that it will host a series of specialized training sessions for the mobile NFC marketplace to further promote industry awareness of the functional and security testing environment. The seminar will cover the responsibilities of individual NFC stakeholders as well as provide insight into the tools currently available. The first session will focus on the trusted execution environment (TEE) and will be held in Nice, France on September 27.
The one-day TEE-focused workshop will examine the functional and security certifications required for mobile NFC services. The workshop will also address business cases for implementing TEE and explaining its within the mobile services ecosystem.
Precise Biometrics, SPARC partner to deliver multi-factor authentication for government
Precise Biometrics, the developer and manufacturer behind the Tactivo smart card reader case, has revealed a partnership with government software developer SPARC that will bring multi-factor authentication to the U.S. government.
The partnership will see Precise Biometrics’ Tactivo case bundled with SPARC’s new mobile management platform, Knappsack, to provide increased security capabilities to streamline government employees’ mobile device management activities. Knappsack features an easy-to-use, customizable open source infrastructure that allows for centralized management of an organization’s suite of mobile apps. Additionally, the solution allows federal agencies to securely deliver apps to specific groups or deploy selected groups to a given device.
EyeLock, Inc. releases iris deployment SDK
Iris-based identity authentication solutions provider, EyeLock, has announced that it will be releasing a Software Development Kit (SDK) to the public to facilitate the deployment of its proprietary solutions.
The SDK includes an easy-to-use set of API libraries that will allow users to rapidly develop and deploy iris-based authentication software apps that interact with and control EyeLock products. The SDK APIs can also be used to capture video iris images, convert the images into iris templates and enroll users by adding them to either an embedded or external database.
Once added to a database, EyeLock’s solutions can then match new iris templates against the existing database, grant physical or logical access based on an authenticated match and manage the subsequent iris template database.
Specs for the SDK include the following:
- Based on Microsoft .NET
- Microsoft Visual Studio development environment
- APIs to build iris enabled applications to enroll and match individuals
- API interface with legacy PACS (Physical Access Control Systems)
- Supports Wiegand and F/2F protocols
Gemalto, PCS Mobile launch CJIS compliant access solution
A partnership between Gemalto and PCS Mobile, who specializes in mobile data services for state and local public safety organizations, is providing a new solution for law enforcement agencies in compliance with the Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) mandate. As of September 2014, the FBI will require law enforcement personnel to use advanced, secure authentication methods to access the CJIS database, and the Gemalto/PCS partnership plans to be ready and waiting.
The solution will be based on Gemalto’s Protiva Defender Suite, a combination of smart cards, physical and mobile tokens (OTP), an authentication server and associated consultancy services. PCS adds its experience and support in providing mobile laptops, professional services and customer education. In addition to meeting CJIS requirements, the new solution hopes to offer a flexible technology to be used for multiple applications including remote network access, secure email and physical access. Scalability is also core to the offering so as to keep pace with PCS Mobile’s growing customer base.