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Lock with biometric identification feature from Burg-Wächter receives VdS Class 2 Quality Certificate

Published on 17 November, 2010
VdS issues first certificate for high-security-lock with biometric identification feature
Representatives from Burg-Wächter and VdS are pleased with the certificate presentation

Fingerprints result from so-called epidermal ridges on our fingertips. These characteristic skin ridges are unique and inalterable for every human, even for every single finger. The fact that people cannot forget their fingers is one reason why biometric methods of identification are gaining increasing popularity. In close cooperation with scientists at the University of Applied Sciences in Giessen and experts employed by various manufacturers, VdS has therefore developed its "Guidelines VdS 3112" for biometric identification procedures.

The Burg-Wächter Company in Wetter, a leading international manufacturer of safes and access controls, was the first company worldwide to achieve VdS approval for its innovation, a strongbox-lock based exclusively on biometric identification. The certificate for a high-security-fingerprint-lock, without additional identification features such as keys or code entries, was issued in October 2010. 

"The newly certificated SecuTronic TRSE 6000 FP is as secure as a lock with 100,000 codes," commented Wolfgang Klinger, Technical Manager for Mechanical Security Equipment at VdS. "In the meantime, biometric locks have reached a high state of perfection and offer a number of advantages. Users do not have to dig a key out of their pocket or remember a code. Above all, thanks to biometric identification, it is no longer possible to lose security-critical notes or keys."

"As Europe's largest institute for security issues, VdS has again provided a valuable service for its customers and their innovations for burglary protection with the newly developed guidelines for biometric identification procedures," explained VdS Managing Directors Hans Schüngel and Robert Reinermann. "We are pleased to have contributed a further step toward comprehensive security for sensitive areas in cooperation with these high-tech developers, particularly since these locks will also be used for weapons lockers."

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