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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M2SYS Announces Support for Integrated Biometrics’ “Sherlock LES Fingerprint Sensor

The M2-RapdiCheck mobile biometric identification device uses the Sherlock fingerprint sensor

Mobile biometric devices, such as our RapidCheck™10-29 multimodal biometric device, require flexible, modern sensor technology to meet market demands.

Today we announced support in our Hybrid Biometric Platform™ multi-modal biometrics system for the innovative “Sherlock” Light Emitting Sensor (LES) fingerprint sensor, designed and produced by Integrated Biometrics. Why is this important?

The marked increase in mobile biometric identification management deployments demands innovative hardware that is capable of capturing moist or dry fingerprints in any type of weather conditions, even extreme in nature. The evolution of biometric identification deployments from a brick and mortar setting to mobile deployments in the field that allow system administrators to bring equipment directly to the end user for identification necessitates flexible, secure, lightweight, and durable hardware requiring low power requirements and fast, accurate results. The LES fingerprint sensors are perfectly geared towards mobile and pocket-sized smart devices which are quickly becoming mainstream for modern deployments.

One of the core tenets at M2SYS is to invest in the prosperity and success of our partners and end users by offering the most innovative, efficient, and results-oriented biometric identification solutions easily adaptable to any environment or conditions. We understand that success is determined by customizing our solutions to meet the unique needs of our end users and adapting to their environment. The steady rise in mobile biometric deployments is largely based on the ability to quickly and accurately capture fingerprints regardless of the conditions or physical environment. Support of the LES “Sherlock” sensor fits into our commitment to continue offering the most innovative, accurate, and user-friendly biometric identification tools on the market.

In what ways do you see the “Sherlock” fingerprint sensor having an immediate impact on the biometric identification market?

The Only Biometric Patient Identification Search to Truly Prevent Duplicate Medical Records and Eliminate Identity Theft

Biometric patient identification in health care only prevents duplicates and overlays and eliminates identity theft at the point of service if it is one to many.

In health are, only one to many (1:N) biometric patient identification searches can prevent duplicates & overlays eliminate identity fraud. Click on the picture for a larger image.

It may not be breaking news that health care facilities are increasingly evaluating the use of biometrics for identifying patients to help prevent duplicate medical records, stop health care fraud at the point of service, increase patient safety, and reduce liabilities. The adoption rate is quickly increasing as more health care organizations realize the potential that biometric patient identification has to achieve these goals plus provide a concrete audit trail of patient activity.

Despite the fact that using biometrics for patient identification is not a brand new concept, there continues to be confusion on how back end biometric searches work and a clear distinction of which searches truly have the ability to prevent a duplicate or overlay from being created and can prevent someone else from assuming your identity.

Let’s review.

We wrote an article last year that appeared in Advance for Health Information Professionals that defines patient identification and patient verification in health care that you may want to review prior to reading the rest of this post.

What you need to know:

Any type of biometric search that is preceded by a question such as, “What is your date of birth (DOB), name, social security number, eye color, ethnicity, etc.” or any other piece of demographic information is called a one to few (1:Few) search. Essentially what this means is that within the database that the biometric search is executed, the total amount of records are segmented prior to the actual biometric scan and subsequent search. So, instead of you walking into a medical facility and providing only your biometric information (for example, an iris scan) and the search combing through all of the records in the database to identify you, hospital staff are first segmenting the database prior to determining your identity.

Why this is important:

The goal of any biometric patient identification system should be to:

  • prevent duplicate medical records and overlays
  • increase patient safety
  • eliminate health care fraud and medical identity theft at the point of service
  • reduce risk
  • overcome issues resulting from cultural naming conventions (for example, finding the correct William Jones out of numerous possibilities)

If you rely on a search that requires a qualifying demographic question before scanning your biometric information, the search does not cover all of the medical records in your electronic medical record database, rather it segments the list of names into a much shorter list (for example, all patients with the DOB 01/01/55) before searching for your record. Although this can be partially effective in preventing duplicates and eliminating fraud, it is not a unassailable way to ensure that a patient’s safety is protected by searching the entire medical record database for duplicates, overlays, or fraud. In addition, since you can re-visit the hospital and provide a false birth date after you have already been enrolled and then be enrolled again under the fake profile, is this truly preventing identity theft at the point of service?

Only one to many (1:N) biometric searches have the capability to truly prevent duplicates, overlays, and eliminate identity fraud at the point of service because they are designed to search the entire electronic health record database, not just a segmented list of individuals after asking a qualifying question. 1:Few searches do not search the entire database when performed.

Have you invested in biometric search technology based on 1:Few searches or are you considering an investment? Curious to know more about how searches work, and what types of questions you should ask during the research and due diligence of vendors? Take a look at our Resource Center for detailed information on how biometric searches work and what types of questions you should be asking to biometric patient identification solution vendors.

Remember, if any other piece of information is required from you before executing a biometric search, it is not a true way to prevent duplicates and overlays and eliminate identify theft at the point of service.

 

M2SYS Partners with ABT Security Systems to Deliver Biometric Time and Attendance Systems and Identity Management Solutions

ABT Security offers retail point of sale and and enterprise resource planning (ERP) business information management systems

M2SYS Technology’s New Partner – ABT Security Systems

Yesterday, we announced a new partnership with Australian based ABT Security Systems designed to help businesses who struggle with antiquated workforce management systems and a lack of access control protocols by introducing biometric identity management tools that will help create efficiency and save money. The partnership will provide ABT Security with access to the following M2SYS enterprise solutions:

1. RightPunch™ – a PC-based biometric time clock that instantly interfaces with any third party workforce management and/or POS software helping to: eliminate buddy punching, increase productivity, reduce payroll inflation and error rates, and help ensure compliance with labor tracking laws.

2. Enterprise Biometrics Suite (single sign-on) – an identity management system that helps to reduce costs and protect data through indisputable client side authentication, file encryption, and password automation with strong authentication.

3. RightPatient™ – the healthcare industry’s only multi-modal biometric patient identification system to ensure identification accuracy, prevent medical identity theft, and eliminate duplicate medical records.

4. RightPOS™ – instantly interfacing with any third party POS software, this biometric identification solution for PCI compliance provides easy employee identification to replace sophisticated passwords, helps to reduce shrink and false returns, improves loss prevention strategies, and strengthens PCI and workforce management compliance.

We are proud to be partnering with the seasoned professionals at ABT Security and know that their years of experience with retail point of sale (POS) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) business information management systems will help to open new doors for our biometric identification enterprise solutions. For more information on the partnership please read our news release or visit ABT Security Systems’ Web site at http://www.abtgroup.com.au/abt-security-systems.

 

Should all Micro-Credit Banks Use Fingerprint Biometrics Banking Technology?

Micro-credit bank using fingerprint biomtrics banking technology

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus

Perhaps foreshadowing a future shift for micro-credit banks across the globe to start using biometrics for customer identification, we distributed a News Release today announcing that ASMAB, a micro-credit bank in the country of Benin, has started to use fingerprint biometric banking technology for customer identification. The genesis for ASMAB’s decision to start using fingerprint biometrics was the widespread fraud and corruption that plagued their business, specifically customers falsifying their identities. These problems were undermining customer confidence in their process so ASMAB (with help from HPC Informatique, a technology solutions provider) decided to incorporate fingerprint biometrics to identify customers, eliminating fraud and corruption in their system and helping to secure consumer confidence.

Headquartered in the Western African capital city of Cotonou, Benin, ASMAB is modeled after the micro-credit Grameen Bank in Bangladesh, pioneered by Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus to lend money to the poor facilitating socio-economic development, encouraging savings, and fighting loan shark corruption. Expectations are high that biometrics will help to increase security and decrease fraud in the system restoring customer confidence and building trust. We will be sure to report back at a later date with an update on how the deployment is going and if it is meeting ASMAB’s expectations.

Micro-credit banks have sprouted up all over the globe to help provide low income citizens the chance to borrow money on safe and secure terms. Can we expect to see others follow suit and adopt biometric identification for their customers? You can be sure that after news breaks of ASMAB’s efforts, other micro-credit banks may begin to explore this technology too.

 

@M2SYS Partners with RedPrairie to Offer PC-based Biometric Time Clocks for Employee Time and Attendance

A biometric time clock for labor tracking, preventing time theft and lowering costs.

RightPunch™ PC-based biometric time clock

Today M2SYS announced another partnership to broaden the reach of RightPunch™ a PC-based biometric time clock designed as an affordable alternative to a wall mounted time clock or a way to augment exist time clocks. We are proud to say that RedPrairie Corporation, a leader in enterprise workforce management software and labor tracking solutions that improve employee performance will now offer the RightPunch™ biometric time clock as a complement to their existing workforce optimization tools.

Many companies are already using the RightPunch™ biometric time clock and realizing the benefits after switching from paper time sheets, non-biometric time clocks or outdated time and attendance systems. Among the long list of benefits that a PC-based biometric time clock can bring to a company seeking to lower costs, raise employee productivity and maximize return on investment with a workforce management application the following are important benefits for companies to consider that seek to control labor costs:

  • Increased employee productivity by eliminating time theft and speeding up punch times.
  • Strengthened security and efficiency over ID cards or personal identification numbers (PINs).
  • Reduction of payroll inflation and payroll error rates.
  • Ensuring compliance with labor tracking laws by establishing a concrete audit trail of punch activity.
  • Offline punch capture and schedule enforcement to ensure accurate data and compliance in cases of network loss.

M2SYS has developed a customized version of RightPunch™ that interfaces with RedPrairie’s workforce management platform and communicates with RedPrairie time and attendance software to seamlessly submit stored punches, enforce schedule restrictions and provide access to employee self service features. RightPunch™ also has an optional touch screen interface allowing it to run on kiosks or terminals that can be mounted to the wall just like a traditional time clock. Under the terms of the partnership, RedPrairie will market and resell the RightPunch™ biometric time clock to its customers and prospects.

We are excited for the future of PC-based biometric time clocks and the benefits they can bring to companies seeking to fortify their workforce management software solutions. Please contact us with comments or feedback on this partnership or any other questions about our RightPunch™ solution.

A link to the press release announcing the partnership between M2SYS and RedPrairie can be found here.

M2SYS Unites with Retail Pro to Promote Biometrics for Retail Point of Sale

Retail Pro unites with M2SYS Technology to offer biometrics for retailers to help strengthen loss prevention.Yesterday, we announced a new partnership with Retail Pro International to help bring biometric identification technology directly to retailers in an effort to help bolster their loss prevention policies and strengthen PCI compliance.  As an alternative to the traditional swipe card or PIN #, biometrics can also help retailers streamline employee login, create efficiencies and lower costs.  Details of the partnership can be found here.

This partnership will help to continue fueling the growth of biometrics in the retail sector and provide a means to establishing a concrete audit trail to provide irrefutable proof to verify individual identity.  Retail Pro has incorporated the M2SYS Hybrid Biometric Platform into their retail management software and will now offer this feature to retailers seeking to fortify their loss prevention strategies and achieve a higher return on investment.

We are excited to be working with the experts at Retail Pro and look forward to a very fruitful relationship!

M2SYS Announces Partnership With The WFC Group For RightPunch, A PC-Based Biometric Time Clock Solution

Exciting news from our corporate headquarters today.  We formerly announced a new partnership with The WorkForce Consultant Group (The WFC Group), a Chicago based  consulting firm that delivers end-to-end client centric workforce management software implementations and upgrades.  Here is a link to the Press Release:

http://www.m2sys.com/m2sys-workforce-consultant-group-partnership-pr033011.htm

The partnership is designed to help spread the adoption of RightPunch, our more affordable, more flexible PC-based biometric time clock designed to stop employee time theft, cut payroll costs and boost productivity.

We are very excited to be working with the pros at The WFC Group and foresee a bright future for continued RightPunch deployments in workforce management!