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In the US, Swedish biometric firm Precise Biometrics AB and ActivCard, a management software firm, have had a biometrics solution awarded a security validation certificate.

Swedish biometric firm Precise Biometrics AB and ActivCard, a management software firm, have had a biometrics solution awarded the security validation certificate FIPS 140-1 Level 2, issued by the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The certified biometrics solution is now available to government agencies and businesses seeking biometric authentication as part of a Java Card-based smart card ID solution. The security validation certificate emphasiaes the high level of acceptance and maturity of a technology and proves that it has met the security requirements of the federal agencies. This can become a competitive advantage within US public procurement contracts, as US government agencies usually require FIPS 140 certification of all suppliers. The certificate was awarded to Precise Biometrics and ActivCard for a jointly developed Java Card-based smart card solution that contains a stored biometric template of a fingerprint inside a FIPS-certified applet on a smart card. The solution is designed for use in identity badge deployments by governments and enterprise businesses. The fingerprint identification on the card is facilitated by Precise Match-on-Card technology and allows the owner to access systems, facilities and information.

About the system

ActivCard and Precise Biometrics began working together in 2000 to bring to the market a match-on-card biometrics solution compatible with the US Department of Defense (DoD) Common Access Card (CAC) project. Ed MacBeth, senior vice president of marketing, ActivCard, said: ?Combining fingerprint biometrics with smart cards is the preferred solution for validating employee and contractor identities for government agencies seeking enhanced security because it provides nearly unbreakable three-factor authentication, which is the best identity-based security for the money available today.? Christer Bergman, CEO of Precise Biometrics, said: ?This is a very good reference for our security solutions, as well as a commercially important milestone, as U.S. federal agencies require certification according to FIPS 140. We now have a very good starting-point for continued sales within prioritized segments in the US market.?

About the certificate

The validation certificate is issued by NIST, a non-regulatory federal agency within the US Commerce Department’s Technology Administration. NIST’s mission is to develop and promote measurements, standards, and technology to enhance productivity, facilitate trade, and improve the quality of life. The DoD aims to extend the CAC solution to biometrics for the enhanced security benefits of multi-factor authentication. The CAC is a military ID badge that enables building and site access around the world, photo ID, healthcare privileges, and demographic and entitlement information sharing. The DoD has mandated that all 4.3 million active duty personnel will carry the multi-application smart card-based CAC. As a result of the certification, it will be easier for government agencies to adopt a combined biometrics-smart card solution for the protection of sensitive information in computers and telecommunication systems in all security systems based on cryptography, Precise and Activcard say.

About the solution

The security-certified joint solution consists of a cryptographic module jointly developed by ActivCard and Precise Biometrics. The platform is a Schlumberger Cyberflex 32K smart card, with the biometric functionality provided using the Precise BioMatch Pro Toolkit, which enables fingerprint enrollment and Precise Match-on-Card? technology, allowing on-card verification. ActivCard provides the internal Java Card application framework that ensures a secure implementation of that technology and allows other smart card applications to benefit from on-card biometrics validation. Visit www.precisebiometrics.com and www.activcard.com

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