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IT security specialist ISL (Informer Systems Ltd) has announced that its SentriNET and SecurDial software authentication products are now fully compatible with Sony's FIU-710 fingerprint identification unit. This means that users now have an end-to-end biometric solution for both strongly authenticated network logon and secure remote access.

Sony's FIU-710 fingerprint identification unit is a credit card-size biometric device that uses a silicon-based capacitance sensor and hardware-based proprietary pattern-matching algorithm to scan and match fingerprints against internally stored biometric templates, keeping user information private and secure. ISL's SentriNET range and SecurDial software provides user access verification with a choice of authentication methods such as biometrics or smartcard for network and remote access logon respectively.

Rudy Cosijns, General Manager of Visual Solutions Marketing in Sony Computer Peripherals & Components Europe commented, "Sony envisions a range of applications for ISL and the FIU-710 unit, especially in e-commerce, corporate IT and banking sectors, where the integrity of sensitive data is paramount. ISL's solution offers users complete compatibility with a range of platforms including Microsoft and Novell. The product has already proven itself to be robust as well as truly plug and play. The combination of ISL and Sony technology will provide users with a highly secure interface which eliminates the need for user names and passwords."

About Sony FIU-710

Sony's FIU-710 fingerprint identification unit is an external peripheral that weighs 37 grams, measures 85.6 x 54 x 9.5 mm, is USB-powered, and connects to computers via a USB port. The device features USB drivers for Windows(R) 98, 2000, and ME software. A serial cable is an optional accessory for use with Windows NT software. The units have 512kb of available internal flash memory to store biometric templates, digital certificates, and PKI keys.


There are two product variants in the SentriNET range; SentriNET and eSentriNET. Each comprises a server-based enrolment, verification and management module and a Workstation client. At the enrolment stage readings of a number of fingers are taken and a digital template created. This template, along with the users network credentials is then stored in the Sony FIU-710. In place of the standard logon screen the user is asked for their live fingerprint, which, when verified sends the logon credentials to the server. e-SentriNET provides an API so can be used to integrate biometric authentication into existing applications. From the browser on the workstation, the user logs on using their fingerprint and once verified will be granted access to pre-defined Internet based resources such as web servers or web pages. SentriNET operates in a similar way but applies to network resources. Access to the network is either granted or denied depending on the result of the authenticat!
ion attempt. SentriNET for the Sony FIU is supported on Windows 98, 2000 and XP networked workstations. The benefit of both solutions is the ability to unequivocally identify the exact identity of the user who is logging into resources.

About SecurDial

SecurDial™ is a software token, developed by ISL which works in conjunction with ISL's Secure-IT™ 1000 and Secure-IT 3000 authentication servers. It simplifies the authentication process and the logon process for remote users, while maximizing the level of security. SecurDial™ software client installs on Microsoft Windows 9x, NT workstations and Windows 2000 Professional and interfaces with Microsoft's standard Dial-Up Networking program. SecurDial™ software contains the user's private key to generate a one-time password on each remote access connection using a triple DES algorithm.

For further information contact ISL on +44 01527 571700.

Editor's Note:

About ISL

Since 1989 ISL Informer Systems has been an innovator in developing remote access security products. It designs and markets dial-in and dial-out access security and management software products for enterprise-wide computer networks. ISL's key product range, Secure-ITä provides a choice of security systems for a range of operating environments. Secure-IT 3000 provides large scale dial-in/out access within Windows NT for corporate applications, whilst ISL's Secure-IT 1000 (15 user) is aimed at SMEs. ISL now supports biometric authentication with its SecurDial and SentriNET and e-SentrNETproducts for remote access and workstation log-on respectively. The company is based in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire.

About Sony

Sony manufactures audio, video, communications and information technology products for the global consumer and professional markets. With its music, pictures, game and online businesses, Sony is uniquely positioned to become a leading broadband network company in the 21st century. In Europe, Sony recorded consolidated annual sales of close to €14.42 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2000. Sony Europe, headquartered at the Sony Center am Potsdamer Platz in Berlin, is responsible for the company's European electronics business and registered consolidated sales of close to €8.50 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2000. Sony Computer Peripherals & Components Europe (CPCE), with headquarters in Weybridge, UK, markets storage and visual solutions. The company's long expertise with visual technologies has enabled Sony to add PC cameras and fingerprint identification devices for IT security to its range of products. More information can be found at

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