Fingerprint Wi-Fi Security Continues to Grow for Broadband Wireless Networks

11/28/06 - silex technology america, Inc. announced a partnership with Bountiful WiFi to provide the most reliable fingerprint-based access control system for WiFi local area networks (WLANs) on the market by bundling silex's SX-650 NetGuard WiFi network access control device and the S1 biometric fingerprint reader with the Bountiful Router.

Reliability is a concern when working with biometrics. If a user has unusually wet or dry hands it can affect the sensors ability to get an accurate reading. Other factors such as electrostatic discharge, cuts or narrow fingerprint ridges and valleys can cause inaccuracies in many biometric fingerprint readers. The S1 uses radio frequency (RF) technology to scan the inner layer of the skin allowing the sensor to more accurately capture minutiae data points and providing the reliability desired when protecting confidential information over a wireless network connection.

"In today's workforce, mobility is a tremendous asset that allows workers the freedom and flexibility to work from anywhere at any time," said Gary Bradt, silex vice president, biometrics division. "However, even with the constant invention and upgrade of WiFi network security, overall public and corporate paranoia about security threats continues to build. By bundling the SX-650 NetGuard with the S1 fingerprint reader and the Bountiful Router silex and Bountiful WiFi provide IT executives with the most reliable WiFi security solution on the market today."

While there is no doubt that dependence upon WiFi and mobile devices will continue to grow, the continued security threats and actual breaches can give cause to worry whether a laptop or PDA is really secure from hackers in a home WiFi network, corporate or public hotspot.

Security problems commonly associated with WiFi networks are the ability of unauthorized users to see data as it is being sent or received to and from a wireless network and unauthorized users being able to connect to a network and use it for unauthorized or illegal activities.

The Bountiful Router was developed in response to businesses' demand for a constant, abundant and reliable wireless signal. It offers the unprecedented differentiation in a wireless network by expanding the footprint or coverage area by two to four times those of other solutions in the industry.

"The Bountiful Router is the most powerful wireless Internet router allowed under FCC regulations," said David Egbert, President and CEO of Bountiful WiFi. "By combining a reliable wireless signal with a reliable security solution like the SX-650 NetGuard users can now have peace of mind that they can enjoy a constant and abundant wireless signal over a secure network."

By combining the latest WiFi security and biometric identity verification technologies, SX-650 NetGuard provides a finishing layer to any WiFi network's security strategy. A fully-contained authentication device, SX-650 NetGuard conforms to the latest WiFi security standards of WPA/WPA2 (WiFi Protected Access), RADIUS (Remote Authentication Dial-In User Service) and PEAP (Protected Extensible Authentication Protocol) and works with the latest off-the-shelf access points and network adapter cards.

SX-650 NetGuard

The SX-650 NetGuard provides effective access control for WiFi LANs. By combining the latest WiFi security and biometric identity verification technologies, the SX-650 NetGuard provides a fully contained network authentication device that works with any WPA-compliant access point. 802.11a/b/g and 802.11i compliant Works with the latest off-the-shelf access points and network adapter cards Conforms to WiFi security standards, WPA/WPA 2.0, RADIUS and PEAP Fully contained authentication device DSP-based

S1 Fingerprint Reader

The S1 is a USB-interface fingerprint reader that uses radio frequency technology to read below the surface layer of skin to the corium or the inner layer of the fingerprint so that surface abnormalities don't affect the scan. A key feature of the S1 is its ability to track the rate at which a finger crosses the sensor which further enhances the fingerprint reader's ability to provide a much more accurate reading. Resolution of 508dpi High speed 2.0 USB device Compact, simple, portable and comes with a replaceable mini USB cable. Supports Win XP/2K. Full feature SX-Biometrics Suite software High performance minutiae matching algorithm.

Bountiful Router

The Bountiful Router reduces contention in the network, lessens packet loss and has huge "ears" that allow it to easily hear the clients. The router extends existing networks at a fraction of wired network costs, providing an economical, FCC Certified solution to businesses of all sizes. Simultaneously supports 802.11b+g Rich advanced WLAN security options Broadband gateway functions Rich network security mechanisms Transparent bridging function between WLAN and LAN interfaces Management interface with easy setup wizard Firmware upgrade for enhanced new features WDS, Bridging, and Repeating DMZ hosting, port forwarding, and remote admin.
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