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Innometriks installs Lumidigm V-Series fingerprint readers as part of TWIC programme
Lumidigm V-Series technology is included in the new Innometriks Rhino Touch biometric readers

Lumidigm has announced that Innometriks Rhino Touch biometric readers featuring Lumidigm V-Series multispectral fingerprint sensors are now being installed by a major biometric integrator to validate TWIC (Transportation Worker Identification Credential) cards at approximately 400 TWIC card pick-up locations. The TWIC programme provides a tamper-resistant biometric credential to maritime workers requiring unescorted access to secure areas of port facilities, outer continental shelf facilities and vessels regulated under the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002, or MTSA, and all U.S. Coast Guard credentialed merchant mariners.

To get a TWIC card, the TWIC enrolment office collects the worker’s fingerprint, takes a photo of the individual and prints the card. As part of the pick-up process, all of the card’s functions and data must be validated. This includes the fingerprint, card signatures, magnetic stripe, and the contact and contactless interfaces.

“With Lumidigm sensors installed at so many ports, using our sensor for the validation process is the perfect choice,” explains Bill Spence, Lumidigm vice president of sales-North America, Europe and Australia. “In addition, our multispectral fingerprint sensor does what conventional fingerprint technologies cannot do. By providing clear fingerprint reads on the first try every time, the self-service procedure is fast and easy.”

Multispectral imaging is a sophisticated technology specifically developed by Lumidigm to overcome the fingerprint capture problems that conventional imaging systems have in less-than-ideal conditions. 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.

“Besides verifying all the workings of a TWIC card, we’ve also made sure that the Rhino Touch is very convenient for transportation workers to use,” adds John Cassise, CEO of Innometriks. “The unit features a large touch screen for easy use and the Rhino Touch is customizable for various kiosk tasks.”

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