AUTHENTICATOR 200 Document Readers Used at Immigration Counters to Validate Information on International Traveler's e-Passports
Cross Match Technologies, a global leader in providing high-quality interoperable biometric identity applications and solutions, today announced it will deliver over 200 AUTHENTICATOR 200 passport readers to heighten security at the new international airport in Bangkok, Thailand. This sophisticated device is equipped with an integrated RFID reader, which enables the AUTHENTICATOR 200 to read information stored on the RFID chips integrated in e-passports to validate the accuracy of the information prior to allowing a passenger through security. The device supports the latest developments in the field of e-Passports including Basic Access Control, as well as Active and Passive Authentication. Upon project completion, all immigration counters at the airport will be equipped with the document reader devices.
To ensure the document readers will work effectively in the new airport, the Bangkok-based systems integrator in charge of the project, CDG Systems Limited (CDG), and Cross Match Technologies' local partner, Bio Engineering Company Limited (BEC), conducted two trial runs with the devices. The first trial run was conducted in July 2006 in the presence of the Prime Minister of Thailand, and the second was conducted in August 2006 at the Suvarnabhumi airport immigration counter. Cross Match provided the AUTHENTICATOR 200 devices with Software Development Kits, while the software used at the immigration counters was developed by CDG. In addition, BEC developed the software that runs on the fully equipped AUTHENTICATOR 200 units in the immigration office, which are used to check passports more thoroughly in cases where the officers suspect the travel document may be forged. The official opening of the new Bangkok international airport will take place on September 28, 2006.
As the first Asian country to officially issue ICAO compliant e-passports to its citizens, Thailand leads the way in applying biometrics in border security applications in Asia. Beyond providing document reader devices to the new Bangkok international airport, Cross Match also previously worked with BEC on a project to equip Chan Wanich Security Printing Company Ltd, the organization who prints the Thai e-passports, with 40 of its passport readers for quality assurance of the Thai e-passport.
"We are pleased that Thailand selected our AUTHENTICATOR 200 document reader devices to heighten security at the new international airport in Bangkok, and to further expand our presence in the Asia Pacific region," said James W. Ziglar, president and chief executive officer of Cross Match Technologies, Inc. "In light of the recent terrorist threats, international security is of utmost importance so we anticipate we will see more and more demand for our solutions across the globe in the coming months."
About Cross Match Technologies:
Cross Match Technologies Inc. is a leading global provider of high-quality interoperable biometric identity applications and solutions. The company's offerings consist of a range of products, which are used to capture and process the unique physiological characteristics of individuals to establish and verify their identity, such as fingerprint and palm scan devices, document readers and access control systems, proprietary enterprise and application software, and services. Cross Match's products are used to conduct criminal bookings, perform background checks for job applicants, verify identities at borders and other checkpoints, register citizens for driver's license and national identification programs, prevent identity fraud in large-scale government and civil identification programs, and control access to office buildings, government facilities and other secure areas. Serving a broad range of vertical markets including national and US federal government, state and local government, law enforcement, transportation, financial services, education, healthcare and commercial, Cross Match has more than 5,000 customers worldwide, with application and solution installations in more than 50 countries.
More information on Cross Match can be accessed via the company website at http://www.crossmatch.com.