September 9, 2002 Hand Geometry Preferred Biometric in 45% of All Access Control/Time and Attendance Applications

Frost & Sullivan’s World Biometric Report 2002 Shows that IR Recognition Systems Outsold All Fingerprint and Facial Systems Combined for Access Control and Time and Attendance Applications

CAMPBELL, CALIF. September 9, 2002 IR Recognition Systems, the biometric component of Ingersoll-Rand’s (IR) Security & Safety Group’s Electronic Access Control (EACD), was once again confirmed as the world’s largest supplier of biometric readers for access control and time and attendance applications by Frost & Sullivan’s World Biometric Report 2002. The report shows that, in 2001, hand geometry readers continued to be the dominant biometric technology for access control and time and attendance applications. Hand geometry readers positively identify users by the shape and size of their hands.

For access control applications, HandReaders provide a fail-safe method to ensure that the person who enters isn't merely carrying someone else's access card or PIN. For time and attendance, HandReaders improve payroll accuracy and reduce costs by eliminating "buddy-punching" and removing the cost and administrative problems of badges. For identification applications, HandReaders guarantee that people are actually who they say they are.

“HandReaders" from Recognition Systems have shown themselves to be easy to use, accepted more readily by users, more accurate and much harder to deceive than other biometric technologies, reports Martin Huddart, IR Recognition Systems general manager. It only makes sense that hand geometry is the number one biometric technology for access control and time and attendance applications.

Over 70,000 IR Recognition Systems HandReaders are installed throughout the world in a wide variety of applications. The 1996 Olympic Games utilized HandReaders to protect access to the Olympic Village. More than 65,000 people were enrolled and over 1 million transactions were handled in 28 days.

Since 1991, at San Francisco International Airport, HandReaders have produced more than 100 million biometric verifications, with more than 50,000 produced on high volume days. HandReaders span the entire airport, securing more than 180 doors and verifying the identity of more than 18,000 employees. The use of biometrics at San Francisco is airport-wide and fully integrated into the primary access control system.

In Israel, Ben Gurion Airport’s award-winning trusted traveler biometric system has reduced waiting times at security checkpoints from hours to just seconds. The program handles 15 percent of Ben Gurion passengers. Nearly 100,000 Israeli citizens (2 percent of Israel’s population) have enrolled in the program with 50,000 processed each month. Over 1 million authentications have been produced in just the first two years of operation with the HandReaders.

In the United Kingdom, Her Majesty’s Prisons rely on the HandReaders for prisoner and visitor tracking. Colleges, such as the University of Georgia, use HandReaders for on-campus meal programs, safeguard access to dormitories and protect their computer centers. Hospitals utilize HandReaders for both access control and payroll accuracy. More than 900 HandReaders control client and employee access to special areas of Italian banks and over 100 units perform similar functions in Russia.

In applications large and small, HandReaders are used for time and attendance. Over 20,000 Owens Illinois employees punch in and out each day using the HandReader. Millions upon millions of transactions have been generated, each biometrically verified. Krispy Kreme Doughtnuts uses HandReaders for tracking employee hours at over 30 individual stores. HandReaders allow members to access clubs around the globe without having to remember to carry a card. Many childcare centers use HandReaders to verify the identity of parents and safeguard the children left in their care.

About IR Recognition Systems With over 70,000 hand geometry units throughout the world reading millions of hands each day, Recognition Systems, founded in 1986, is the world’s pioneer of hand recognition technology used in access control, time and attendance and identification applications. The company is the world sales leader of biometric verification devices and serves an international clientele from its headquarters in Campbell, Calif.

The hand geometry website is . Phone is 408-341-4100. Recognition Systems is the biometric component of Ingersoll-Rand Corporation’s Security & Safety Group’s Electronic Access Control Division. The Ingersoll-Rand website is .

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