Panasonic sees much activity for iris readers

SSN Staff  - 
Thursday, December 23, 2004

December 23, 2004

SECAUCUS, N.J. - Panasonic Security Systems experienced much interest in its BM-ET300 iris recognition readers this year, in big and small ways.
The BM-ET300 is designed to collect biometric information, such as iris and fingerprint data, for access control purposes. The device features multiple cameras for the collection of this type of information and can be integrated with third-party access control applications.
On a large scale, the Transportation Security Administration used the devices in a pilot program last summer, called Registered Traveler, at five domestic airports. Participates of the program - frequent flyers that registered with the TSA - were able to use the devices for identification and authentication purposes at point of check-in.
The program was designed to not only reduce waiting time for passengers but also for security personal.
On a small scale, the Nanofabrication Facility at the University of California, Santa Barbara, which is responsible for fabricating atom-sized semiconductors, deployed several BM-ET300s to secure and track access into its laboratory. One reader was installed at the main entrance to the facility, with two additional units at point of entry and exit to the laboratory.
Amag Technology’s access control software was integrated with the BM-ET300 at the facility.