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HID Global Adds Fingerprint Biometrics to Signo Readers

AUSTIN, Texas — HID Global announces its HID Signo Biometric Reader 25B is now designed to capture and read fingerprints in real-world applications and conditions.

The reader is the latest addition to the company’s signature line of HID Signo Readers and adds an API for integration with access control software solutions from HID Global partners. This is said to enable a single point of biometric template enrollment through an access control system. The templates can then be pushed to all connected devices simultaneously.

The new solution brings HID’s biometrics technology to the HID Signo Reader platform. It reads fingerprints of all types, including those that are hard-to-read where people have wet, dry, dirty or worn fingerprints.

With company’s patented multispectral imaging technology, the HID Signo Biometric Reader 25B is said to capture fingerprint images from both the surface and the sub-surface of the skin, delivering consistent read performance regardless of environmental and skin conditions. Its liveness detection capabilities also prevent spoof attempts leveraging fake fingers or latent fingerprints, according to the announcement.

The HID Signo Biometric Reader 25B supports a variety of contactless credential technologies including Seos, iCLASS SE, iCLASS, MIFARE (card serial number) and HID Mobile Access virtual credentials. Each device supports Near Field Communication (NFC) and Bluetooth out of the box.

The reader is paired with the web-based HID Biometric Manager software that performs configuration and management of the reader, including firmware updates over the network. In addition, the software enables enrollment of user’s fingerprint credentials for use with the different biometric authentication modes 1:1 verification and 1:N identification.