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September 27, 2006

TETRAGATE: New Biometric RFID Tracking Technology

By Stefania Viscusi, TMCnet Assistant Editor


In the wake of 9/11 and the heightened security measures that continue to pose a threat to the everyday lives of people everywhere, finding ways to secure our daily operations is necessary, but not always easy.
 
Biometrics can provide an answer as they offer secure identification of users, and those who enter places. Technologies like iris scans, fingerprinting and face mapping have all proven secure and efficient in these efforts. However, this is not as easy done, as said. Performing these scans can be time consuming and constraining. In places like office buildings, where tons of people are in and out all day, this can also seem an unreasonable solution.



 
For example, walking into your office complex one day, you see a person close behind and your natural instinct is to hold the door open for them as common courtesy. But not knowing if this person also has the security clearance or access ability to be entering the building, you have now put the entire office building at a possible security threat.
 
Now, American Barcode and RFID has created a solution they are calling the single answer to security, privacy, and efficiency and cost effectiveness for corporate, pubic and personnel security. The new technology, TERAGATE, has the ability to recognize a persons identity based on their biometric facial recognition information stored in their employee ID card--- from 60 feet away.
 
The new technology also has the ability to read up to 60 thousand faces in a single second and utilizes UHF RFID technology to track human and physical assets on the same network.
 
Mike Stryczek explained in a statement to the press, "Imagine hundreds of people passing through a 'portal' as powerful long-range, unobtrusive cameras capture facial images that are matched against a data archive at a rate of 60,000 images per second."
 
"Secondary identification is made as individuals' RFID credentials are read and matched to biometric records. Any exception to the match-ups triggers a security situation, based on business rules in place, focusing on specific individuals, while others continue on uninterrupted."
 
Technology from Symbol Technologies, epcSolutions, Infinova, Fulcrum Biometrics, Zebra Technologies and American Barcode and RFID are all incorporated into the solution.
 
For more, please visit: www.amerbar.com
 
 
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Stefania Viscusi is an established writer and avid reader. To see more of her articles, please visit Stefania Viscusi’s columnist page.
 
 

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