|Free Amsterdam University students and staff use fingerprint readers for secure access to the school's facilities|
Lumidigm announced that Free Amsterdam University (VU), one of Europe's most prestigious colleges, is using the company's Venus Series multispectral imaging sensors in fingerprint readers used by approximately 8,000 students, faculty and staff to enter the school's multiple recreation facilities spread throughout Amsterdam. The switch to fingerprint scanning was done in tandem with the school's migration to a TopTix SRO software platform. Biometric integrator EasySecure International of Rotterdam proposed the Lumidigm solution as a good fit.
"Eliminating the opportunity for students to pass their cards to others was only part of the reason we upgraded to biometrics," explains Wouter Kropman, director of facilities at VU. "The system gives us a very professional look plus, in the long run, it saves us money. Within three to five years, the biometric solution becomes a break-even with plastic cards because of their associated costs, including cartridges, printers, support and management. Fingerprints provide a sustainable solution."
According to Kropman, governmental and semi-governmental organisations are obliged to follow strict procedures when purchasing new systems. For that reason, VU interviewed four companies and determined that EasySecure's solution using Lumidigm's multispectral imaging fingerprint sensor provided what they needed.
Frost & Sullivan awarded the New Product Innovation of the Year Award, Fingerprint Biometrics, North America 2010, to Lumidigm
"This solution was more expensive but the high quality of the system, both in hardware and software, was decisive," emphasises Kropman. That's because the Lumidigm solution, based on using multiple wavelengths of light and advanced polarisation techniques can extract unique fingerprint characteristics from both the surface and subsurface of the skin. This provides results that are more consistent, more inclusive and more tamper resistant than other biometrics. Dirty, calloused, wet or dry, the fingerprint is still readable with multispectral imaging.
VU uses four desk systems with scanners to enrol authorised users and has seven doors/gates with scanners for people to use to enter its sports complexes. On a typical day, the system averages over 1800 scans across all the entry points. 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."