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Sony Introduces Fingerprint Identity Technology for Computers
Jun 17, 2003
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Sony announced on Tuesday that its FIU-600 Puppy® fingerprint identity device now comes packaged with Puppy Suite™ authentication software for Microsoft® Windows® or Mac OS X operating systems. The packages are said to provide easy-to-use solutions for securing access to desktops, web sites, and other critical applications, replacing the need to use passwords in the home or a small office environment.

"Consumers and small business owners no longer have to remember lengthy passwords or personal identification numbers," said Tom Evans, vice president of Marketing for Sony Electronics' media and application solutions division. "With the simple touch of a fingertip, they can have instant, hassle-free access to their world of information."

The FIU-600 unit connects via a USB port and authenticates users based on their fingertips. Its capacitance sensing technology electronically reads a fingerprint, and cannot be fooled by paper copies and does not require cleaning, Sony said.

Though chiefly aimed at the consumer and small business owner, Sony said the FIU-600 also has applications in larger work environments. Fingerprint templates can be stored and matched on-board or, alternatively, linked to a central database for enterprise-wide employee identification solutions, the company said.

The FIU-600 unit is just part of Sony's growing portfolio of biometric products for home and small business applications, the company said. Another model, the FIU-710, is designed for large-scale enterprises for securing applications and other corporate information.

The FIU600/W can be used on Windows or Macintosh operating systems.

Puppy Suite authentication software for Windows operating systems requires a USB-equipped computer with a 300MHz Pentium® processor; 128MB of RAM; 20 MB of available hard disk space; Microsoft® Internet Explorer 5.0 or later, and Windows 98SE, ME, 2000 Professional Service Pack 2, Windows XP Home, or Windows XP Pro operating systems.

The FIU600/M with Puppy Suite authentication software for Mac OS X system works with USB-equipped iMac®, iBook®, PowerBook®, or Power Mac® computers capable of running the Mac OS X v10.2 operating system, with 128 MB of RAM and 5 MB of available hard disk space.

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