A Report from CardTech/SecurTech 2001
A Report from CardTech/SecurTech 2001

Jun 1, 2001 12:00 PM

The CardTech/SecurTech 2001 show in Las Vegas May 15-17 featured the latest in card- and security-related technologies. Here is some information compiled by our editors about new products and other announcements at the show:

--WernerPegasus, Miami, featured a smart-card based vehicle theft control system. The product won the innovative Security Technology Award. The theft control system uses stickers with non-forgeable optical codes to identify registered vehicles. Police officers can scan these codes using handheld scanners with built-in smart card technology. For information, www.pegasus2001.com.

-- Keyware, Woburn, Mass., launched Smart-Universe, a suite of smart card software applications. The smart-card suite includes features for electronic payments, personal identification, event ticketing and physical access. For information, www.keyware.com.

-- SuperCom Smart Cards, Northvale, N.J., introduced the Chameleon Contactless Smart Card Upgrade System. It converts conventional cards to contactless smart cards in about one minute, using a desktop press which inserts and seals a microchip into a mag stripe card, a contact card or a graphics-only card. For information, www.supercomsmart.com. -- ActivCard, Fremont, Calif., and Precise Biometrics, Lund, Sweden, have joined forces to produce an open platform-based OnCard biometric authentication system, using ActivCard's smart card management system with Match-On-Card technology by Precise Biometrics. For information, www.activcard.com or www.precisebiometrics.com.

-- SCM Microsystems, Fremont, Calif., introduced its next generation of smart card readers. The SCRx31 reader uses the supplier's STC II single chip controller and is designed to comply with competing industry standards. The chip offers On-board flash which will allow integration of future firmware and application enhancements. For information, www.scmmicro.com.

-- HID Corp., Irvine, Calif., has launched an access control system for secure computer log-on that uses the company's RFID access control cards. The system was designed to be used in hospitals and healthcare institutions - where RFID cards are already in use - to help them comply with the new healthcare privacy legislation called Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). The system, called pcProx, consists of a desktop RFID card reader and software. For information, www.HIDCorp.com.

-- Visionics, Minnetonka, Minn., unveiled its Biometric Network Platform (BNP), a technology framework for building scalable biometric solutions. The BNP consists of network-ready elements, including hardware components, biometric appliances and the supplier's FaceIt facial recognition engine. For information, www.visionics.com.

-- Recognition Systems, Campbell, Calif., has released a smart card reader that can be used with the company's hand reader for access control and time and attendance applications. The reader is a contactless Mifare read/write device which stores the user ID and biometric hand template. For information, www.handreader.com.

-- Iridian Technologies, Marlton, N.J., has released a network and information security product called Authenticam. Authenticam is a dual function desktop camera that reads the pattern of the user's iris for network logon authentication. It can be attached directly to the user's PC or sit adjacent to it. The camera can also be used for e-commerce transactions and digital document signatures. For information, www.iridiantech.com.

-- Plastag Corp., unveiled TuffCard, a polyester/PVC composite card material used for card products. In developing durable card materials, the Plastag team considered how environmental and usage factors such as cold climates and humidity might affect thermal imaging and embossing applications. The card materials are designed for a long shelf life. For information, contact hzpolz@aol.com.

-- BioID, Raleigh, N.C., introduced BioID Enterprise 3.0, a multimodal biometric authentication technology which uses three biometric traits - face, voice and lip movement - to provide network logon authentication and physical access control. The three templates are stored on a smart card.

-- Announced at the show was an order placed by an international government organization for Datakey PKI smart card systems, card readers and client software for 10,000 users. Datakey, Minneapolis, will provide the PKI smart card systems for use in conducting daily business operations over computer networks.

-- Chase Manhattan Bank, a subsidiary of JP Morgan, and Naval Supply Systems Command have developed the Navy Cash Card system which will allow sailors to buy anything they need all around the world using a single debit card. The Navy Cash card uses a computer chip to store value for purchases at sea and a mag stripe for debit purchases and account access. The system is currently being used by 170 crewmembers aboard the USS Rentz.

-- Fargo Electronics, Eden Prairie, Minn., has received U.S. patent #6,206,589 for its printer ribbon compensation. According to Jeffrey D. Upin, general counsel for Fargo, the technology involves control techniques in the management of printer ribbons and thermal printhead heat. The result is a uniform registration of each color panel as it is heated and applied to the plastic cards. For information, www.fargo.com.

-- Keyware, Woburn, Mass., signed a contract with the Belgian Football League to provide exclusive ticketing software for the Football fan card. The new cards will be valid for three years and will be available through any first division football club. Fans, who can personalize their cards, will be required to present the cards for admission to the stadiums. Keyware helped the league launch the first Belgian football fan card three years ago. For information, www.keyware.com.

-- The Department of Defense will use Schlumberger's Java-based CyberFlex Access smart cards in the Defense Manpower Data Center's Common Access Card program. The agreement calls for 600,000 cards to be deployed in 900 sites in 2001. The cards will be used for physical identification, access control and network logon. The cards use PKI and digital signature technology.

-- Biocentric Solutions, Madison, Wis., introduced a contactless smart card version of its GuardDog biometric reader. The device is a miniature fingerprint authenticator that compares stored fingerprint templates with fingerprint data in real time. The template can be stored on a personal token such as an iButton or a Mifare Smart card. For information, www.biocentricsolutions.com.

-- Datacard Group, Minnetonka, Minn., launched version 1.1 of its Smart Card Personalization Manager. The server-based platform allows card issuers to store personalization applications on a central server. It also facilitates a transition from magnetic stripes to smart cards. For information, www.datacard.com.

-- Recognition Source, Chicago, introduced Wyreless Access, an integrated wireless door access system, which incorporates the reader, lock, power supply, and an optional request-to-exit feature in a single unit. It is the company's first OEM for door access control systems. For information, www. recognition-source.com.

-- ImageWare systems, San Diego, launched Epiweb, a secure Internet-based software system for designing, creating and purchasing identification cards and documents over the Web. Epiweb is available at IDStation.com. Customers can create their own IDs or choose from an inventory of designs. For more information, go to www.epi-web.com.

-- CardLogix, Irvine, Calif., a provider of smart card technology platforms, has formed an alliance with USIS America, a provider of risk and knowledge management solutions for healthcare, to provide smart card-accessed health management tools. CardLogix multi-function cards will now accommodate USIS applications for employee health management. For more information, go to www.cardlogix.com.

-- Gemplus, Bethesda, Md., has joined Visa International's smart card program, which provides multi-application smart cards to Visa member banks. Gemplus will offer Visa members smart card functions such as electronic purse to be used in conjunction with the card's debit/credit payment applications. For more information, www.gemplus.com.

-- Biometric Associates Inc., Baltimore, introduced the BAI Authenticator, an embeddable fingerprint identification system that can be inserted into devices. It performs sensor, processor and decision-making functions within the module. Requisite software for fingerprint enrollment, recognition and signaling to the host device is pre-installed. For more information, www.biometricassociates.com.

-- ASK, Paris, introduced C.ticket, a contactless paper card which contains a contactless chip and an antenna. The chip has a storage capacity of between 256 and 512 bits. The cards can be used in applications such as mass transit and sporting events. For more information, www.ask.fr.

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