Introducing CloudApper: The Benchmark in Rapid Cloud Development Toolsets

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Introducing CloudApper – a rapid cloud development toolset that reduces development cycles, lowers costs, and removes the friction from identity management deployments. (Photo courtesy of pexels.com)

Back in the early days of the Internet, website content management was a bit more complicated. If you weren’t proficient in making modifications to Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), chances are that you hired a professional who used a platform like Dreamweaver to upload content changes via file transfer protocol (FTP). The process tended to be cumbersome and often required the services of a professional which meant that you were at the mercy of their availability.

Then, on May 27, 2003, Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little introduced the world to WordPress. WordPress fundamentally changed the way we manage website content by simplifying the process and offering an architecture that was easier to understand. According to Wikipdedia, “WordPress is by far the most popular website management or blogging system in use on the web, supporting more than 60 million websites. (http://bit.ly/2tAq7RJ).

Although platforms like Dreamweaver still exist, many of us now use WordPress to manage our websites because we can customize our approach, add and delete content whenever or wherever we want, and perhaps most importantly, we shed our reliance on using third party experts and developers to accomplish what we want in a way that is unique to our own audience.

Biometric software development can also, at times, be frustrating and exasperating but it doesn’t have to be. When you make the decision to use biometric identification there are 3 essential ingredients to the project:

  1. The biometric hardware (i.e. the physical device used to enroll and subsequently identify an individual – fingerprint readers, iris cameras)
  2. The biometric matching algorithm (i.e. the automated method that enables a biometric system to recognize an individual)
  3. The business software – where the biometric system integrates into

Over 15 years of experience implementing biometric identification management projects around the world for a variety of businesses and governments has taught us some very valuable lessons. For every successful deployment we see, there are much more that die at the hands of ballooning development costs and delays – many of which are 100% avoidable.

The ability to eliminate lengthy development cycles and circumvent additional, unplanned costs was our calling card to develop CloudApper – a rapid cloud development toolset which can be used to rapidly develop and integrate the business software ANY identity management project requires, with or without biometrics. No one wants to see their identity management project die at the hands of unnecessarily tying up existing resources in the absence of producing any results. Wasting time, money and resources when developing and deploying the business software layer for identification management solutions is over. Done. Finished. Gone.

Understanding that modern software development is also about personalization, we went a step further. We designed CloudApper to not only eliminate the lengthy development cycles that bog down so many projects we see but to also offer our end users the opportunity to customize the business software to address the unique needs of the customers they serve. Imagine that. The ability to tweak and adjust a business software layer based on what data is or isn’t important to you. It’s an unprecedented development in cloud data management and one we encourage you to explore.

Whether you are or aren’t interested in using biometric identification, we have used CloudApper to construct pre-configured cloud data management solutions that are customized for specific vertical deployments. For example, pre-configured (but still very much customizable) versions of CloudApper are available for the following verticals:

  • Banks, NGOs, and Financial Organizations
  • Jails and Prisons
  • Border Control and Immigration
  • Judicial Authorities
  • Public Administration Authorities
  • Manufacturing Plants
  • Transportation Authorities
  • Education and Student Tracking

This list is not exhaustive of all the verticals CloudApper can serve. In reality, the sky is the limit. CloudApper has the potential to be applied to ANY vertical that requires software to manage data. We encourage you to explore CloudApper and learn about it’s features and functions to determine if it is the right fit for your needs. And don’t forget that CloudApper already integrates with CloudABIS and CloudScanr enabling you access to a scalable matching system that supports various hardware devices and any web browser.

Send us an email at: info@m2sys.com or visit our website for more details.

 

Why Biometrics A Perfect Fit For Home Security

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Is biometric identification management a good fit for home security? (Image courtesy of pixabay)

Biometric technology has empowered the security systems at major corporations, office buildings and government organizations for years, but now this innovation has finally trickled down to the consumer level. In addition to all the other features home security can offer, biometrics can now track individual physical characteristics for safety.

The biometric security systems for home integrate an innovative feature that allows individuals to enter a complex once a biometric scanning unit has identified that individual through the means of specific genetic attribute, such as a fingerprint, palm print. Controlling access to homes or office buildings and particular rooms is the key application of biometrics.

Biometric locks eliminate the need for a key and operate with the touch of a finger. Often referred to as a ‘keyless entry’, the door unlocks when an “approved” finger is swiped across a scanner. Moreover, losing your keys, forgetting to lock the door, and worrying about picked locks all become the things of the past. All you need is a thumb-sized scanner somewhere on the handle.

These locks are available in a variety of shapes and sizes to fit any type of door. When biometric fingerprint readers first came to the market, they had limited designs, but the market responded quickly and today you can find dozens of door-fingerprint combinations. Most of the locks are designed for front doors or garage doors and have a metallic look. Some have locks or deadbolts that lift up into secret scanner compartments if you really want to hide how your door works.

Personalized protection is another most advanced feature of biometric safety system, it permits only you and the other select people whom you have registered in the system to access your house or valuables. The scanners attached can store dozens of fingerprints, and grant temporary access to the home for contractors, or restricted access to the home for housekeepers and babysitters.

Today, even some biometric security companies offer several different kinds of wireless scanners. They fit in your hand like a remote control, read your fingerprint, and send a signal to your door to pop it open. This feature allows you to open the door from inside the house without moving from your place and manually unlock it.

Undoubtedly, biometrics represents the cutting edge of home security technology. With home
security the most crucial part of our lives, it’s time to start looking at the most advanced ways you can protect your family and home and learn to embrace the protection and convenience biometric system offers.

Author bio:

Keira is Digital Marketer at https://www.elitegaragewa.us/. She has a good sense of content marketing and loves to write. She has been writing a lot of stuff lately, covering varied topics. She is an avid learner who is passionate, curious, and creative. An explorer at heart, she loves to try on whatever tickles her fancy.

M2SYS and Suprema Partner to Promote CloudABIS

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M2SYS Technology and Suprema form a partnership to help promote the CloudABIS suite designed to remove the friction from developing and deploying a reliable, scalable biometric identity management solution.

Excited to announce that we have joined forces with Suprema to help promote our new CloudABIS suite that was designed to remove the burden and friction from development and implementation of biometric identification management projects around the world. Suprema and their global network of partners will now have access to the CloudABIS suite for projects that use their biometric hardware.

We can’t emphasize enough the groundbreaking, market-moving impact that the CloudABIS suite will have to help reduce biometric implementation unnecessary costs and roadblocks that are often experienced by software developers around the world. Our expertise and longevity as one of the world’s premier biometric identification management technology providers have taught us that these factors waste millions of dollars in capital and resources each year, even going so far as to kill entire projects before they even have a chance to hit the market.

We identified an opportunity to leverage our biometric identification management deployment knowledge and expertise to innovate and figure out a way to eliminate these unnecessary and avoidable implementation hurdles – now a reality with the CloudABIS suite. This is truly an unprecedented advancement in biometric technology implementation. But hey, that’s what we are known for!

We invite you to dive deeper into the benefits and value of the CloudABIS suite by taking a moment to read through the features and benefits of each component and develop an understanding of how these modules can work together, or independently, depending on your own unique needs. Remember, the days of wringing your hands and losing sleep over problems associated with implementing biometric identification management projects are over. Finished. Gone.

Resource constraints, licensing issues, and wasted resources will no longer be an issue because of the ubiquity than the CloudABIS suite offers to eliminate the burdens when designing, implementing, and maintaining biometric identification deployments.

Stay tuned on this blog for more information about the features, benefits, and value of each component of the CloudABIS suite in the coming weeks. We are having a hard time containing our excitement!

For a full copy of the news release please click here. Curious to know more about how CloudABIS can help you? Drop us an email – info@m2sys.com

 

Should Schools Be Using Biometric Technology? Pros & Cons

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The rise of biometric identification in schools has many questioning the merits and privacy implications to students. (Photo courtesy of pixabay)

The following guest post on the use of biometrics in schools was submitted by Gloria Kopp.

Biometrics are the biological measurements that all people have and that are specific to them alone. Biometric data includes your height, your iris, and your fingerprint, all aspects of yourself that are perfectly visible, but that most people can’t really differentiate on sight. A high-resolution image is required to be able to use an algorithm and compare fingerprints, and truly identify a person. A lot of people can see the benefits of using biometrics in schools to monitor attendance and make entrances more secure, however using data of minors could also be risky. The old adage that you can’t fight progress is incredibly relevant here, as there’s no doubt that biometrics in schools will one day become the norm, the issue is figuring out how it will be implemented in a safe and responsible way.

Pros:

Security

Schools need added security, as the risk of people entering and having unfettered access to minors are significant. Being able to control exactly who comes in and out of a school can create a much more protective environment. “Using biometrics in schools for staff can also make sure that everyone who works at the school is completely honest about their qualifications and history. Everyone wants to make sure that kids are kept safe, and using biometric date for teachers at first and students later could be one way of achieving that goal in schools”, says Amber Coburn, a Data Security Analyst at Academized.

Honesty

If students had to check into an exam using their biometric data, then any concerns about someone taking a paper under someone else’s name, or sending a friend or sibling to do a test for them would be completely eradicated. There would be no choice but to turn up and do your work yourself. This would make everyone’s college application a lot more secure, and there would be less of a need for invigilators or inquests into exam processes or procedure.

Password Protection

More and more student data is stored online and many teenagers often forget their passwords and spend hours wasting time to remember it. Bethanie Wise, an Operation Manager at Paperfellows commented: “There’s also a risk that someone will figure out their password and sabotage their data, or steal their results which will affect their college applications. If a student used biometric data to log in and out of school computer systems then they can’t forget their password, and all of their details are completely confidential and secure. This makes using biometric data doubly efficient”.

Cons:

There has been some backlash towards using biometrics in schools, largely due to privacy concerns. The following are the main arguments against using biometrics in schools.

A Computer Glitch Could Have Serious Consequences

If your child’s data is in anyway confused with someone else’s, they could end up on no fly lists or even wanted lists. It would only take a data entry error to make this happen. “However, the reality of this situation is actually less dramatic than it seems, as a computer error can be easily rectified, and your child’s data can be modified to show who they really are”, – Thomas Green, a Data analyst at Ukwritings, shares his opinion.

Unable To Escape Childish Mistakes

If a school uses biometric data, then they may record every indiscretion, and your child may be haunted by their childish mistakes. The truth is that, with the rise of social media, this is already the case, and employers are generally uninterested in what their staff did as teenagers.
Overall, it seems that biometrics data will eventually be introduced in schools, it’s now just a matter of making sure it’s done responsibly, legally, and morally.

Author Bio:

Gloria Kopp is an educator and an elearning consultant from Manville city. Now she works as a content manager at Big Assignments company. Besides, she is a regular contributor to such websites as Engadget, Huffingtonpost, Boomessays, etc. Read her Studydemic blog.

3 Uses for Biometric Security at Home

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Biometric identification management is becoming a more mainstream technology for home security.

The following guest post on the use of biometric identification management to increase home security was submitted by Costea Lestoc.

As you begin looking around for the latest most innovative security options for your home, it’s definitely a good idea to begin looking into biometric scanners and locks. These advanced pieces of security use today’s best innovations with the top technology to create personalized protection at reasonable prices.

When we talk about biometrics, we’re talking about technology in the form of a scanner used to measure a person’s biology. Biometric devices can scan facial features, iris patterns, fingerprints, palm prints and other factors and differentiate person-to-person. This is useful as far as personal protection is concerned.

For devices being used in a residence, fingerprint scanners seem to be the most common. They are easy to use, quick, and avoid the necessary contortions needed for eye and facial scans.

It’s very easy to recognize biometric benefits. Only people keyed into the system can gain access to certain valuables. You never have to worry about locking your door or losing your keys again because biometric devices render them obsolete.

We’ll now take a look at some excellent uses for biometric security.

1. Keyless Locks for Doors

As far as biometric scanners are concerned, keyless door locks are the most common application. These door locks are fantastic because you don’t have to waste time fumbling around looking for keys when it comes time to unlock your door. You just put your finger onto the scanner, it will scan your fingerprint, and as long as you’re in the system you’ll be a match and it will open your door.

The great thing about keyless door locks is they come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. You’ll be able to find a lock that’s the perfect size for just about any door.
In the past, when biometric keyless locks first showed up on the market, there really weren’t too many options available. Now the market has taken notice and there are dozens of options for fingerprint keyless door locks.

According to Stackify, keyless door locks are the wave of the future and they are easy-to-use, convenient, and lots of fun!

2. Better Security for Safes

Having a traditional lock for your safe is not always enough. Sometimes you need to take it a step further and use a highly personalized and advanced safe security system with a biometric option.

Biometric home safes are very effective and they’re easy to use. They operate on fingerprint analysis or they use palm print scanners. They are very effective at preventing the wrong people from gaining access to your safe.

Some will believe that having a biometric safe is overkill. Others recognize the value of this useful option. Some thieves will steal a safe from a home to bring it with them in order to open it up later. With a biometric safe, the thief isn’t even going to bother because they’ll never break into it anyway so there’s no point taking it with them.

3. Biometric Locks for Computers

Are you worried about people accessing your private data on your home computer? Or maybe you prefer to keep your information safe and secure at work? They now make biometric locks for computers to prevent prying eyes from seeing information that they shouldn’t have access to.

The great thing about biometric computers is you no longer need to set a password for your PC. Once the biometric scan takes place, your system will automatically open up, unlock, and you can use all your programs again. It’s very convenient and easy to use.

Conclusion

Updated home security measures are the wave of the future. Biometric home security door locks are just the beginning. Consider this amazing option to meet your home, business, and personal security needs.

Author Bio:

I began writing as a professional on my personal blog and then discovered my true calling, which is writing about technology and news in general. I am a technical writer, author, and blogger since 2005. An industry watcher that stays on top of the latest features, extremely passionate about juicy tech news and everything related to gadgets. For tech tips,my email address is neneacostea at gmail.

Secugen and M2SYS Partner on CloudABIS Biometrics Suite

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Secugen and M2SYS Technology announce a partnership designed to advance the adoption of the CloudABIS suite of biometric identification management solutions.

Today we announced a new partnership with Secugen to help customers using their fingerprint readers to accelerate their projects through the adoption of CloudABIS – a new suite of cloud-based biometric identification management tools designed to help lower the costs and remove the friction for authentication projects around the world.

If you haven’t heard about the CloudABIS suite, we have some exciting news to share. As longstanding pioneers in the biometrics industry with a strong track record of designing and developing innovative biometric identity management solutions that lower the costs and speed the adoption of this technology, M2SYS is pleased to now offer the CloudABIS suite that enables anyone in the world to quickly develop and deploy a highly scalable solution that avoids the risk, cost, and burden of the development time and maintenance so often required for these types of projects.

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Visit Us in Booth #309 at 2017 Connect:ID Conference

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Attending the 2017 connect:ID conference? Stop by and see CloudABIS in Booth #309.

Join us in Washington, D.C. for the annual connect:ID conference from May 1 – 3 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Exhibiting as CloudABIS, the M2SYS team will be on hand to offer a demonstration of our cloud-based biometric matching system designed to remove the friction from developing and deploying a reliable, scalable biometric identity management solution.

Exhibit attendees can stop by Booth #309 at connect:ID and learn more about our cloud based framework, matching system, and biometric device integration which are designed to allow end users the opportunity to quickly develop and deploy a biometric identity management solution to fit their own, unique needs. On display at the conference will be:

  • CloudApper™ – Revolutionary, dynamic cloud application framework
  • CloudABIS™ – A scalable, cloud-based, biometric-as-a-service (BaaS) matching system
  • CloudScnr™ – Windows and Web application biometric device integration with web service
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Our next-generation cloud software solutions allow you to buy ANY biometric device, build a business layer app with CloudApper, connect to a fast, accurate BaaS matching system with CloudABIS, and use CloudScnr for fast and easy biometric hardware device integration. Our goal is to eliminate the complexities of licensing and integration and simplify the process of building a custom biometric identification application designed to address whatever unique needs and challenges you may have.

CloudABIS will be exhibiting in Booth #309 at the 2017 connect:ID conference in Washington, D.C.

Stop by Booth #309 at next week’s connect:ID conference and see our cloud-based biometric identification management solutions, learn about our featured partners and customers, or just pop in to say hello and drop a business card off for a chance to win a free Amazon Echo and at the end of the show (winner will be announced post conference here on the blog).

We hope to see you next week at connect:ID! What are you looking forward to seeing the most at connect:ID? Drop a comment below and let us know!

Biometrics in Movies Sci-Fi Security (Infographic)

Do you remember the first time you saw biometric technology? Was it in an early “Star Trek” episode or maybe in “2001: A Space Odyssey?” Have you noticed the biometrics used in recent movies like “Dredd,” “District 9,” or “Ex Machina?”

Biometrics have long been used in science fiction movies to portray a futuristic world of advanced technology. From retina scans to voice identification and facial recognition, we’ve seen these technologies on the big screen for more than 50 years.

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Are Cloud Applications The Future of Biometric Identification Management?

Cloud computing is the future of our digital world. It is proven to be a more affordable and convenient solution to store and secure data. Biometric identification management technology utilizes cloud computing, rendering it more reliable and fast, freeing up resources, and creating once unforeseen efficiencies to help increase utility and security.

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There are reasons behind the increasing popularity of cloud applications in biometric identification management. These include:

  • Multimodal biometrics (a combination of fingerprint, palm vein, finger vein, iris, palm print, DNA, voice, and facial) are now widely adopted by governments, fintech, and private companies. Multimodal biometric deployments generate a lot of data which is expensive to store, risky to manage, and time consuming. Consequently, the cloud is an ideal candidate for multimodal biometric deployments.
  • Adopting a cloud biometric identification system enables you to be free of employing an in-house team to manage the system. It will not only save money but also help you to concentrate on your core business and competencies.
  • Considering smart spaces, access control applications, mobile applications, and ambient intelligence environments, cloud based biometric solutions provides you excellent deployment flexibilities.
  • In terms of speed, cloud computing is far superior to in-house, traditional biometric technology hosting environments. It also speeds up the workforce by reducing the system complexity of an in-house team.
  • You have the luxury of parallel processing capabilities in cloud applications where several people can work with the same data without any issues.
  • Cloud applications reduce the cost of buying infrastructure including hardware which is a huge burden to many startup companies.

Understanding that cloud applications are the future of cloud computing, you can let us know your opinion by voting in our latest poll on Twitter entitled “Cloud applications are the future of biometric identification management”.