Now Customers can Verify “Who” is Operating their Equipment
ALBUQUERQUE, NM — March 16, 2011 — Lumidigm announced that its multispectral imaging sensor, which provides biometric fingerprint authentication even in dry, wet or dirty conditions, will be showcased at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2011 as part of a turnkey telematics solution. Lumidigm joint development partner Methode Electronics is including the industrial biometric fingerprint reader as part of the Rugged Telematics Alliance (RTA) Ecosystem.
One of the challenges in telematics is authenticating the equipment operator. The Lumidigm technology’s ability to work in dry, wet, and dirty conditions makes it the right fit for the for RTA system. “With the addition of Lumidigm- biometrics, the RTA system not only monitors the location and status of the equipment, but can now verify who is operating it, a feature that will provide piece of mind to managers, owners and insurance providers,” said Michael Rodenberg, Director of Business Development for Methode.
Operating a piece of heavy industry equipment creates wear and tear on the hands. This has prevented traditional fingerprint sensors from entering the market because of their inability to consistently acquire and verify the right fingerprint. Because the Lumidigm multispectral imaging sensors read the subsurface of the skin, fingers with abrasions or dirt can still be read, assuring that authorized drivers can get immediately to work.
“Dryness and dirt do not create problems for reliable reads with our multispectral imaging fingerprint sensors,” explains Phil Scarfo, Lumidigm Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Marketing. “Unlike conventional fingerprint sensors, our field-proven sensors have the only technology robust enough to stand up to the demanding requirements of the transportation industry. The collaboration between Methode and Lumidigm is finally making biometrics a practical reality in this important sector.”
Using multiple wavelengths of light and advanced polarization techniques to extract unique fingerprint characteristics from both the surface and subsurface of the skin, Lumidigm’s sensors provide results that are more consistent, more inclusive and more tamper resistant than conventional biometric readers.
The research firm of Frost & Sullivan recently awarded the New Product Innovation of the Year Award, Fingerprint Biometrics, North America, 2010, to Lumidigm. According to Frost & Sullivan, Lumidigm’s “innovative technology allows Lumidigm fingerprint sensors to provide highly accurate biometric data even in adverse conditions where traditional fingerprint sensors fail.”
Please come see the Lumidigm biometric fingerprint reader in action at the Hetronic Radio Remote Controls Booth B-921, (a Methode company) March 22-26 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
About Methode Electronics
Methode Electronics is a leading developer of custom-engineered and application-specific products and solutions utilizing the latest technologies. From biometric identification utilizing the unique characteristics of human skin structure; to magnetic signature sensing of mechanical and electrical properties; to the revolutionary solid-state touch sensitive switches used in today’s appliances and automobiles, Methode’s extensive toolbox of technical solutions help our customers differentiate their products. Our regional design and customer support centers, coupled with manufacturing campuses in the Americas, Europe, and Asia allow Methode to bring a total business solution to customers worldwide. We leverage the talents of our 2,800 employees to serve a diversified group of customers in four market areas: User Interfaces, Sensor and Switches, Power and Data. Methode helps customers win in their end markets by providing an unmatched combination of customer focus, differentiated technology, problem solving and world class manufacturing. Further information can be found on Methode’s website www.methode.com.
Update: Picture from the show!