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Suprema launched BioEntry Plus, an IP based fingerprint access control device. Integrated with both a fingerprint scanner and proximity card reader, BioEntry Plus covers a full range of access control applications from a simple standalone door control to complex networked access control systems.

BioEntry Plus is a next generation biometric access control device designed to meet the market demands of price, size, interface and design. Features of BioEntry Plus can be summarized as follows.

  • Easy installation and connectivity with Ethernet interface
  • Built-in RF card reader for a different user authentication modes (Fingerprint and/or card)
  • Slim and elegant design (50mm width)
  • Fast and accurate fingerprint identification (FVC2004 & 2006 No.1)
  • Enhanced security with Secure I/O through encrypted communication
  • Standalone user management using command cards
  • Integration with BioStation for full AC and TA system in network

For more information about BioEntry Plus, please click here or contact Suprema sales team.

Conventional access control systems are based on centralized operation that requires card readers and locks connected to a central control panel. Compared to card readers, control panels are expensive and a wiring could be complicated to connect all locks and readers in a different rooms to the control panel. Stability is another issue. When the control panel is out of order, it stops all door opening functions connected to the panel.

On the contrary, Suprema's access control solution is based on concept of distributed intelligence and IP connections from PC to door. Suprema's fingerprint devices like BioStation and BioEntry Plus are installed at each door and functions as an intelligent controller on its own. For security from separation of readers and controllers, an external I/O expansion unit named Secure I/O can be installed inside the door and manage door locks and input switches. Communication between BioStation, BioEntry Plus and Secure I/O is encrypted to provide higher security level than wiegand interface.

Utilizing a convenient TCP/IP-based Internet network, Suprema's access control solution doesn't have space limiation and can perfectly support various access control functions from those of simple one-door access control to even more complicated network type access control systems. It is a revolutionary access control solution with powerful advantages and affordable price. While offering the same advantages of a fingerprint-based system, it is easier to install and requires less wiring compared to existing RF card-based system thanks to its unique distributed structure.

For further information about Secure I/O, please click here.
Click here to get more information about Suprema's access control solutions.

Suprema released BioAdmin software version 4.2 and BioStation firmware version 1.4.
The contents of the revision are as follows:

BioAdmin version V4.2
  • Added - Supporting BioEntry Plus™
  • Fixed - Fixed a bug causing unstable communication between BioAdmin Server and BioStation
  • Fixed - Fixed a BioAdmin Client bug accessing a wrong memory

User Management
  • Added - Start Date
  • Added - Added a menu to apply access control or T&A rule to a group of selected users altogether.
  • Improved - Improved a download speed of user information data from BioAdmin to BioStation™

Device Management
  • Added - A function of “Zone” was added where a group of devices in a zone share user and log data for synchronization and support global anti-passback and entrance limit functions in a zone.
  • Added - Support Secure I/O functions for BioStation™ and BioEntry™ Plus.

Access Control
  • Changed - Changed the way of Access Control Group setting.

T&A Reporting
  • Improved - Improved a speed of creating and processing T&A reports.
  • Added - Added a menu to apply access control or T&A rule to a group of selected users altogether.
  • Added - Filtering options are added to generate various T&A reports.

BioStation Firmware V1.4
Added a function to reset the master password of BioStation. using BioAdmin.
A process of receiving IP address is changed to run background.
A status of TCP/IP connection is indicated by a graphical icon on LCD.
Some options of T&A mode setting are added.
  • Auto Change - T&A mode is changed by a selected time schedule automatically.
  • Manual Change - T&A mode is changed and kept as the last T&A key input.
  • Fixed - T&A mode is fixed by a selected mode. Changed manually by menu.

Added an option to check duplicated fingers in enrollment.
Added an option to change maximum identification time. Default is 3 seconds.
Added a function to calibrate TC sensor.
Added an option of changing 1:1 and 1:N authentication mode automatically by schedule.
Added entrance limit functions like setting authentication interval or limiting number of entrance in a time period.
Zone configuration is supported where a group of devices in a zone share user and log data for synchronization and support global anti-passback and entrance limit functions in a zone.
  • One of the devices in a group set as a master device gathers data such as user information, log information and time.
  • Sub zones can be set for anti pass back or entrance limit functions.
  • A zone can have maximum 32 devices(BioStation, BioEntryPlus) and 16 subzone.

The I/O functions can be extended trough RS485 network.
  • For increased security, external Secure I/O or another BioStation can be used for door relay by an encrypted RS485 communication.
  • Up to 2 devices (BioStation/BioEntry Plus) and 4 Secure I/Os can be connected in a single RS485 loop.
  • Local anti pass back function is supported among devices in a RS485 network.

New version of BioAdmin v4.2 and BioStation firmware v1.4 are freely upgraded to existing users of BioAdmin and BioStation. For more information, please contact your local distributor of Suprema.

Suprema will expand the product range of BioStation by adding other card technologies of 125KHz and 13.56MHz. After releasing BioStation RF supporting 125KHz EM card early in the year, Suprema is preparing the next model supporting HID proximity card. Target launching date is December 1st.

Fingerprint recognition systems are frequently exposed to electrostatic discharges during normal usage, as a person’s fingertip is directly in contact with fingerprint scanning devices.
These devices, if not properly designed against ESD, will experience unstable operation or complete device failure.
This article shows some guidelines to design ESD tolerant system using SFM30x0 or SFM35x0 modules.

For non-optical scanners such as capacitive or thermal type scanners, the scanning device is composed of a semiconductor die itself, which is very susceptible to ESDs without proper protection methods. Even in optical scanners, which are mainly composed of non conductive materials that are good insulators, proper designing against ESD is necessary, as electrostatic discharges readily propagate to unintended parts inside the system if incontrolled.
Fortunately, as these scanners are designed to withstand certain levels of ESDs - tolerance up to ±15kV is not uncommon - and the SFM modules have proper circuitry and management software, it is quite simple task to design a system that fully benefits from the module’s ESD tolerant design.

* Proper grounding
Although the fingerprint scanner and the module are designed to withstand ESD events, it is crucial that the module is properly grounded. Use a thick, short wire - as thick and short as practical - to connect ground hole of the module to earth ground or system chassis to effectively remove discharge energy.
For SFM30x0 and SFM35x0 series, the earth ground is assigned to one of mount holes as shown below, highlighted with red circle.

Note that these mount holes are located close to flat connectors to the scanner, intended to quickly remove ESD energy.

* Case considerations
Fingerprint scanners are designed to withstand ESD events on their sensing area only.
Be sure to minimize exposed area to prevent discharges into sensitive parts.

* Cable layout
Flex cables are based on thin films that easily breaks down if exposed to high voltages such as ESD. Keep these cables away from mounting brackets or metallic parts connected to system chassis or earth ground. The ESD energy tend to find shorter paths, and there are chances that jumping a few millimeters makes a shortcut, destroying nearby devices.

For more information, please contact Suprema

Written by Dongmok Shin / Chief Researcher

Suprema’s BioStation became an ideal solution for human resource management of Korea’s largest cosmetic maker, Amore Pacific.

Amore Pacific had been searching for a system that could effectively manage the work schedule of its more than 32,000 contract basis saleswomen working in over 600 branches nationwide. The company had two issues, fast and effective way of attendance reporting of saleswomen from branches and a blacklist control. Blacklist detection was needed because some saleswomen dismissed from a branch for misconduct could easily get a job again after moving to another branch using a forged ID card.

The company found a solution when it decided to adopt Suprema’s BioStations after being convinced of its accuracy and the benefits of the computerized fingerprint recognition system. Six hundreds of BioStation were deployed in all branches and the whole systems were networked together with a central server in a headquarter for real-time online monitoring and analysis. In fingerprint enrollment, the central server checks new fingerprints with blacklist database and avoids improper employment.

The project was one of the biggest commercial biometric deployments integrated by network. The project also demanded fingerprint enrollments of more than 320,000 fingerprints by capturing ten fingers of each saleswomen.

Lee Yong-sik, the manager of Amore Pacific’s BR team stated, “I expect the fingerprint recognition system, which is worry free from fraud, will solve the problem of employee work schedule management, which until now could not really be done efficiently.” He also mentioned, “Since this system can generate accurate and detailed work-schedule data, such as the work hours of employees who worked either within or outside the company, and the sales staffs working at nationwide business centers, I expect that it will bring about many changes in our human resources management policy”

System Configuration

Suprema will attend Intersec 2008 to show its new IP based Fingerprint Access Control Device, BioEntry Plus as well as its BioStation and SFM3000/3500 module products.

Intersec will be held on the 13th to the 15th of January, 2008, at Dubai, U.A.E.
Please note that our booth number is 1716C nearby Korean Pavilion.
At the exhibition, Suprema will exhibit various levels of fingerprint solutions for time attendance, access control and payroll solutions.

Additional information for the exhibitions can be found as below, and please visit http://www.intersecexpo.com

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