SAFLINK Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of The National Registry Inc. (NRI) Thursday announced the availability of a new Web site, SAFBANK.com (http://www.safbank.com/ ), that offers a live demonstration of the Company’s SAFsite Internet security tool. The SAFBANK.com site, which simulates a typical Internet banking/brokerage destination, requires that users present a biometric credential, or SAFtyPIN, created from an individual’s unique biological or behavioral characteristics, instead of a password, to positively identify them as authorized account holders.
SAFBANK.com was designed using Sausage Software’s HotDog, built with Pervasive Software Inc.’s Tango Development Studio, and features downloadable speaker recognition modules from Lernout & Hauspie Speech Products NV (L&H) that work with browsers from Microsoft, Netscape, and America Online to capture, enroll and verify a user’s voice SAFtyPIN at the host site. First time visitors may open a new account and enroll their voice SAFtyPIN from any home, office, or mobile workstation equipped with a microphone and soundcard. Once enrolled, authorized account holders may return at any time to the demonstration Web site and use their voice to access account balances, pay bills, and transfer funds. Each new account is maintained for 60 days and users may establish as many accounts as they wish.
“The recently reported incident of a boy using his father’s password to bid on millions of dollars worth of merchandise at a leading Internet auction site could have been stopped with a SAFtyPIN,” said Jeffrey P. Anthony, chairman and chief executive officer of SAFLINK Corporation. “Passwords are too easily forgotten, hacked, and transferred between individuals and our resellers and technology partners have been asking for a sophisticated, maintenance-free SAFsite demonstration that is available around the clock for presentations to web administrators, content providers, and e-commerce suppliers. SAFBANK.com lets everyone test drive our state-of-the-art Internet security solution in a real-time production environment without having to purchase any software or special purpose hardware.”
SAFsite is part of the growing family of SAF multi-biometric security software products that have been seamlessly integrated with Microsoft Windows NT server platforms to address specific areas of network authentication. SAFsite is a software development tool that inter-operates with leading Internet application development tools, such as: Pervasive’s Tango, Microsoft’s Visual Interdev, Netscape’s SuiteSpot, and Allaire’s Cold Fusion to provide a more positive means of authenticating the identities of individuals seeking access to secured web pages. SAFsite provides browser extensions, ActiveX controls for Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and JAVA Applets for Netscape’s Communicator, that lead users through the biometric enrollment and authentication process. All enrolled user information is stored in the SAFserver using Microsoft’s SQL Server Database and RSA’s RC4 encryption. SQL Server replication and Microsoft’s Cluster Server provide scalability and resiliency for high traffic Web sites.
Priced at $199.95, the base version of SAFsite includes the SAFserver, built-in support for ten enrolled users, and downloadable modules for three leading biometric technologies including speaker verification from L&H, facial image recognition from Visionics, Inc., and fingerprint verification from Cogent Systems. SAFsite is fully compliant with biometric industry standards including the Human Authentication – Application Programming Interface (HA-API), developed by SAFLINK under contract to the US Department of Defense, and Intel’s CDSA User Authentication Service (UAS) draft specification. Optional database expansion packs can be separately purchased to increase enrollment capacity of the SAF Server into the millions of users. Biometric technologies from other HA-API compliant vendors are also available.
SAFsite’s multi-biometric architecture dramatically expands the universe of hardware components that can be used to capture SAFtyPINs from individuals over the Internet. With the expected growth in IP telephony and video conferencing, more and more computers will be configured with microphones and video cameras making implementation and administration of this proven technology a more ubiquitous, convenient, and cost effective means of establishing positive one-to-one relationships with customers, employees, and other users in a variety of Web based business-to-consumer and business-to- business applications. SAFsite currently supports most Microsoft audio/video compliant products and a growing number of low cost finger imaging scanners.
The National Registry Inc. and SAFLINK Corporation, based in Tampa, Florida, bring the Power of Biometric Identification to enterprise networks and the Internet. The Company provides cost-effective multi- biometric software solutions to verify individual identity, to protect business and personal information, and to replace passwords and PINs in order to safeguard and simplify access to electronic systems and enable new online services for customers. The Company’s Secure Authentication Facility (SAF) suite of multi-biometric network security products deliver enterprise-level secure access control to a growing list of software platforms and network applications, including Microsoft Windows NT and Internet Information Server, Novell NetWare and Computer Associates Unicenter TNG and its Single Sign-On option. Further information is available through the Company’s World Wide Web site .Details