When ievo was founded in 2009, restricting access using biometric technologies was far from mainstream. Fast-forward to 2019, and two-thirds of us (67%) have biometric technologies such as fingerprint readers integrated within our mobile phones. The successful and ever-increasing adoption of biometrics by consumers has led to the increase in demand for both the consumer and commercial application of these technologies, and so it is no surprise that ievo has seen demand for its biometric readers reach record levels as it celebrates its 10th birthday. Fingerprint readers ievo currently has tens of thousands of fingerprint readers installed across all seven continents and its products have repeatedly secured CPNI approval status, certifying them as suitable for UK Government use. Tens of thousands of these readers are used to grant and restrict access to an estimated 10 million global registered users. As we celebrate 10 years, we also look back on 10 years of firsts, as it is these firsts that have brought us to where we are today" To consistently service the increase in demand for its fingerprint readers over the years, ievo has relocated to larger premises in North Shields, having grown to supply a network of thousands of businesses, installers and security providers. Commenting on the milestone, Shaun Oakes, Managing Director at ievo Ltd, says: “As we celebrate 10 years, we also look back on 10 years of firsts, as it is these firsts that have brought us to where we are today." Customisable systems “ievo was the first to release a biometric product to introduce modular design for customisable systems and easier servicing. We also developed and launched the first and only biometric product to be seamlessly integrated with Paxton Net2 solutions and paved the way for integrations between readers and access control systems. We were also the first to raise the standards in product reliability and function with the use of leading fingerprint sensors.” “As we look ahead, we want to keep achieving more firsts, innovating our offering to ensure that our customers and installers receive both a first-class product and first-class service when they choose ievo readers. With exciting projects in the pipeline, including a number of new range launches scheduled for 2019, we can’t wait to see what the next 10 years has in store.”
ievo Ltd, global provider of biometric fingerprint recognition products, announced that it received Lenel factory certification and joined the Lenel OpenAccess Alliance program. ievo biometric fingerprint recognition products can now interface with the OnGuard access control system, providing a streamlined approach to fingerprint enrollment. “ievo has completed required factory testing at Lenel to validate the functionality of its interface to the OnGuard system. Having this interface will provide our customers with a great biometric option to enhance their security,” said John Marchioli, OAAP product management, Lenel. “We look forward to their continued involvement in the Lenel OpenAccess Alliance Program.” ievo biometric fingerprint recognition solution ievo developed, designed and tested the specialised integrated fingerprint enrollment software in-house ievo developed, designed and tested the specialised integrated fingerprint enrolment software in-house, which was then certified by Lenel engineers, verifying that it interfaces with the OnGuard access control system. The fingerprint enrolment software connects to the Lenel server for user information, as well as the ievo Sync server for enhanced management of the control boards and distribution of the fingerprint templates. The interface also allows for easy enrolment of new templates, along with template management. With the increasing cost and complexity of managing security, the integration is a cost-effective method for systems migration and the protection of legacy investments. Not only is the interface efficient but it allows simultaneous fingerprint enrolment at multiple locations - providing directors and managers with the ability to remotely oversee the business. Should your company boast multiple premises, those templates will be securely stored on the ievo control board and can be accessed at each location. Biometric fingerprint access control systems The biometric fingerprint access control systems are a viable alternative to the more traditional cards and PINs systems, substantially reducing the risk of any security breaches. This announcement for ievo also marks another strong interface for the company, and a larger, worldwide presence in the security industry. Shaun Oakes, Managing Director of ievo Ltd says, “2018 has been a fantastic year for us at ievo as we expand our reach and make our products more accessible to the wider access control segment. The interface with the Lenel OnGuard access control system will enable an efficient and cost-saving system migration and further protection of legacy investments. The opportunity also helps to boost the presence of the ievo brand worldwide.”
Whilst the regulations are designed to protect individual’s rights to privacy, they will have enormous implications for the security industry Amidst the chaos of Brexit, many security minded organisations are concerned about the implications of the European Regulation on the Protection of Individuals with regard to the Processing of Personal Data, adopted in 2016 and planned to be enforceable in May 2018. As an integral component of EU privacy and human rights law; it regulates the processing and distribution of personal data. In essence it will become illegal, or certainly contrary to the regulation, to link the stored data to the individual. Furthermore, the regulation states that personal data should not be processed unless the individual is informed and at least one of a set of strict criteria are met. Implications for security industry Whilst the regulations are designed to protect individual’s rights to privacy, they will have enormous implications for the security industry which now must adapt to comply. Shaun Oakes, Managing Director of ievo Ltd, the Newcastle-based manufacturer of biometric recognition systems, explains, “The regulation is designed to prevent stored data being linked to individuals and used for purposes other than ensuring the security of whatever system it was designed for and transferring this data to third parties. Biometric data – fingerprint scans in our case – comes under the heading of a ‘special privacy element’ which are forbidden to use and process, unless, and this is very important, one of a number of criteria apply, the most pertinent of which is the data subject has given permission.” Pseudonymisation “As all scans are taken either voluntarily (after the individual has given his or her permission) or legitimately to ensure the safety and security of others, the ievo range of biometric systems fully comply with this legislation as they utilise feature-based matching – they do not store the raw biometric data or image; but rather extract a salient set of features known as minutiae from which an individual template is generated.” “In essence, we use a system of ‘pseudonymisation’ where the data is processed in a manner where it can no longer be attributed to an individual without the use of additional information which is stored separately and subject to strict technical and organisational control.” “Following a High-Resolution scan of the finger our algorithms separate the foreground from the background of the image; it then enhances the image, detects minutiae points and creates a pattern. It is this pattern that is stored on our controller (which are installed separately from the sensor) which, when combined with encryption using AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) ciphers and further confidential safeguards serve to eliminate tampering. It is important to note that the original scanned image of a fingerprint is never stored.” “As such, ievo biometric readers fully comply with the new legislation, but many older systems which store biometric and/or personal data of card holders, or those with knowledge of key pad combinations, may well have to review their compliance.”
The partnership provides Irish customers access to industry leading biometric products A new distribution partnership between ievo, the Newcastle-based manufacturer of biometric recognition systems, and Dublin’s Northwood Technology looks set to open up the potentially lucrative Irish market. Founded in 2003, Northwood Technology are now one of Ireland’s leading distributors of security products, specialising in the design and installation of bespoke security systems for their customers, advising and providing the most innovative technology within the industry. Biometric fingerprint readers Distributing leading brands of CCTV, access control, IP systems, fire alarm and video analytics systems has enabled Northwood Technology to build up a client base ranging from independent installers to government bodies and commercial entities throughout the country. They were the first ISO 9001 accredited security distribution company in Ireland, an indication of the importance they place on top quality customer support and service. The distribution partnership allows ievo to benefit from Northwood’s targeted approach and strong reputation within the Irish security sector, whilst ievo’s Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) approved biometric fingerprint readers are setting global standards for secure identification systems. In turn, the partnership provides Irish customers access to industry leading biometric products. Time and attendance solutions “We are now able to provide the most effective biometric solution on the market to our customers” Paul Hennessey, Managing Director of Northwood Technology, commented, “As a company, we aim to provide top class service with industry leading products. We were impressed at ievo’s ability to partner with a wide range of access control and time & attendance platforms while its modular system also means that biometric solutions can be integrated with traditional security systems efficiently, saving both the end user and installer time and money. We are now able to provide the most effective biometric solution on the market to our customers.” Shaun Oakes, Managing Director of ievo Ltd, added, “We are delighted to have found a distribution partner with Northwood Technology. The importance they place on customer service is something that as a manufacturer we are similarly dedicated to, whilst their diverse and extensive customer base provides a substantial and growing market for our systems and we’re looking forward to working alongside them for many years to come.”
The solution combined biometric fingerprint readers from ievo Ltd with a Paxton Net2 access control system Shetland Facilities Management (SFM) Security have provided Morrison Construction Ltd with a robust access control system utilising the very latest state-of-the-art fingerprint biometric recognition devices for their New Anderson High School and Halls of Residence development at Lerwick in the Shetland Islands. Construction site challenge As main contractor for the £56m project, Morrison’s brief for SFM was for an integrated access control system during construction which could give an accurate count of the workforce in each of the site’s two zones, split by company and trade discipline, for not only HSSE requirements but also emergency response, robust time and attendance recording and to capture the data and metrics required for project controls. Biometric access control solution SFM’s solution was an integrated platform that combined biometric fingerprint readers from ievo Ltd, the Newcastle-based manufacturer of biometric recognition systems, with a Paxton Net2 access control system. Eight ievo fingerprint readers were installed on four entry turnstiles together with an ievo desktop enrolment reader for initial registering employee fingerprint templates in the site control room. SFM installed the equipment in two 20ft ISO container security portals (one for each zone of the project) which provided efficient through-put and foot-fall at peak and off-peak times. Improving efficiency in harsh conditions "It was vital that the fingerprint system would remain operational regardless of the weather conditions or the amount of users enrolled" Simon Orchard, Director of Security, Shetland Facilities Management, commented, “Logistical issues with using SMART cards alongside a large workforce we always found problematic. Using ievo’s biometric solution allows us to save costs whilst also improving efficiency. ievo devices are easy to install, robust, operational in harsh climates and working conditions and surpass all our operational needs. ievo provided the perfect biometric security solution and we are already planning on using them for our next project.” Shaun Oakes, Managing Director of ievo Ltd, added, “ievo systems are designed for harsh environmental use, such as construction sites. It was vital that the fingerprint system would remain operational regardless of the weather conditions or the amount of users enrolled. Being able to provide a system that can help identify and manage a large workforce is what ievo is designed for. The installation of the solution has now bedded in very effectively and Morrison Construction Limited staff liked the ease of use for both enrolment of fingerprints, and generating accurate and reliable reports.”
At the event, iEvo will demonstrate how users can create personalised biometric access control units to suit their specific needs At the 2014 IFSEC International Exposition to be held 17-19 June at the ExCeL in London, attendees will see how they can create personalised biometric access control units that suit their specific needs without altering the look or design of the fingerprint readers themselves. At Booth A1755, iEvo will feature newly designed custom kits that let users incorporate a host of options including card readers, increased template capacity and Power over Ethernet (PoE) while also providing Lumidigm multispectral fingerprint sensors that assure a reliable read the first time. "We are continually trying to push the boundaries within the security market and provide users with the most up to date advancements," reports Shaun Oakes, Managing Director of iEvo. "From our customer feedback, we found that users wanted more flexibility and freedom to create a biometric access control system to suit their project and installation needs. Through our custom kit additions, users will be able to create their very own ievo system that is fully customisable and fully field serviceable while integrators will open new markets to win new business." The new custom kit will provide ievo customers with highly reliable and flexible readers. Besides leveraging the unmatched performance of multispectral fingerprint sensors, customers can highly tailor their own readers. For instance, if there is already a card reader at the site, customers can replace the card reader with options that let the biometric readers use most pre-existing cards. They can also provide a biometric template on the card, reducing their reliance on a central database. For users wanting to use identification mode (1:N search), ievo offers a standard capacity of up to 10,000 fingerprint templates and can be expanded to 50,000 templates. By using PoE to power the control board, reader installation becomes faster, easier and more cost-effective. Wireless or Bluetooth communication can be used instead of a LAN. Now, one control board can handle both an ingress and egress reader reducing overall hardware and installation costs. The unit can be fitted with a Two Line Screen, perfect for time and attendance applications in which users want to see the date and time they scan in and out. Lastly, the readers are available in custom colours. Most importantly, all this flexibility comes in tandem with the multispectral fingerprint sensors that use a sophisticated technology specifically developed by Lumidigm to overcome the fingerprint capture problems found with conventional imaging systems. This more-effective technology is based on the use of multiple spectrums of light and advanced optical techniques to extract unique fingerprint characteristics from both the surface and subsurface of the skin. That subsurface capability is important because the fingerprint ridges seen on the surface of the finger have their foundation beneath the surface of the skin, in the capillary beds and other sub-dermal structures.