Convenient Enrollment Service Centers

Operating the nation’s largest network, L-1 has more than 1,000 convenient centers that quickly and securely capture and submit biometric data and other information required for processing civilian applications for governemnt-issued ID cards, Visas and passports, permits and other entitlement benefits, and process pre-employment checks required for licensed jobs in banking, finance, healthcare, education and more. L-1 centers fingerprint more than two million people annually.
Identification and authentication
Identification is the process by which the identity of a user is established, and authentication is the process by which a service confirms the claim of a user to use a specific identity by the use of credentials (usually a password or a certificate).

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1 Integration, 1 Platform, 4 Biometric Engines: Biometrics that Work 100% of the Time!

Hybrid Biometric Platform™ is a multi-modal biometrics system that supports fingerprint, finger vein, palm vein, and iris recognition.

Using M2SYS' patent-pending Bio-Plugin™ middleware, software developers can integrate Hybrid Biometrics™ in a matter of hours and immediately have the ability to deploy the form of biometric technology that best neutralizes varying user, demographic, and environmental conditions. No more rejected fingerprints! -read

ATLANTA, GA -- (Marketwire) -- 10/26/10 -- M2SYS Technology : , a global fingerprint, finger vein and palm vein biometrics research and development firm, announced today that it has struck a partnership with H.P.C. Informatique, a computer reseller in the West African nation of Benin, to meet the growing demands for biometric technology in the region. The partnership is designed to combine the innovative biometric fingerprint, finger vein and palm vein technology prowess of M2SYS with the renowned reputation and resource depth of H.P.C. to deliver biometric solutions that meet the growing demand for information security, identity protection and public safety.

H.P.C. will carry M2SYS' fingerprint, finger vein and palm vein biometric readers : , Hybrid Biometric Platform™ software, TimeShield™ biometric time clock, and Enterprise Biometrics Suite -- a single sign-on biometric password management and network security system. These biometric technology solutions can be deployed in areas such as health care identification, information security, integration into identification documents and public safety.

"M2SYS continues to focus on deploying practical biometric fingerprint, finger vein and palm vein technology solutions that address the growing global concerns over information security and public safety," commented Mizan Rahman, CEO of M2SYS. "Our market experience and Hybrid Biometric Platform : combined with the flexibility and diversity of H.P.C.'s network of resources and strategic capabilities provides an excellent opportunity to fuel the widespread growth of biometric technology in the West African sub region."

Hisham Hajj of H.P.C. remarked, "Although there is trepidation about deploying biometric solutions as a mainstream tool to protect information and secure public safety, we are optimistic of the potential that this partnership creates to educate the government and public about the benefits of this technology."

About M2SYS Technology

M2SYS Technology, : , provides technology that makes biometric software affordable, simple to integrate and inexpensive to support, while enabling customers to easily utilize the right form of biometric technology for their needs.

Biometrics has fast emerged as a promising technology for authentication and has already found place in most hi-tech security areas. It is this specific aspect of the technology that we would like to focus on. We seek to explain how well biometrics can be used for security and authentication in various places.

A very common misconception amongst the masses is that, Biometrics is meant only for the elite and people with deep pockets. But that is far from reality. Biometrics apart from being very effective is also very cost-effective.
Biometric History - How did it start?

Biometric history indicates that the science did not originate at a single place. People all over the world were using the basics for mainly identifying individuals from each other. We'll explain about biometric history in brief over the next few paragraphs.

The history of biometrics dates back to a long time. Possibly the most primary known instance of biometrics in practice was a form of finger printing being used in China in the 14th century, as reported by explorer Joao de Barros.

Barros wrote that the Chinese merchants were stamping children's palm prints and footprints on paper with ink so as to differentiate the young children from one another. This is one of the most primitive known cases of biometrics in use and is still being used today.

Apart from its Chinese genesis, use of biometrics was also noted elsewhere in the world. Up until the late 1800s, identification largely relied upon "photographic memory". In the 1890s, an anthropologist and police desk clerk in Paris, Alphonse Bertillon, decided to fix the problem of identifying convicted criminals and turned biometrics into a distinct field of study.

Bertillon developed a technique of multiple body measurements which later got named after him - Bertillonage. His method was then used by police authorities throughout the world, until it quickly faded when it was discovered that some people shared the same measurements and based on the measurements alone, two people could get treated as one.

After the failure of Bertillonage, the police started using finger printing, which was developed by Richard Edward Henry of Scotland Yard, essentially reverting to the same methods used by the Chinese for years. (which still is going strong !)

Biometric history in the recent past (three decades) has seen drastic advancements and the technology has moved from a single method (fingerprinting) to more than ten prudent methods. Companies involved with new methods have grown into the hundreds and continue to improve their methods as the technology available to them also advances. Prices for the harware required continue to fall making systems more feasible for low and mid-level budgets and thus making this more adaptable in small businesses and even households.

As the industry grows however, so does the public concern over privacy issues. Laws and regulations continue to be drafted and standards are beginning to be developed. While no other biometric has yet reached the breadth of use of fingerprinting, some are beginning to be used in both legal and business areas.

Applications of Biometrics : Areas
harnessing the technology

Applications of biometrics can only be limited by limiting one's imagination. Biometric technology is now being used in almost every area. Not only that, but various types of biometric systems are being used to achieve various functionalites.

We have shortlisted a few higly popular applications of biometrics technology. Although this list is no way complete it is simply an effort to list a few of the more popular biometric applications.

Applications of Biometrics :

* Biometric Time Clocks or Biometric time and attendance systems, which are being increasingly used in various organisations    to control employee timekeeping.

* Biometric safes and biometric locks, provides security to the homeowners.

* Biometric access control systems, providing strong security at entrances.

* Biometric systems are also developed for securing access to pc's and providing single logon facilities.

* Wireless biometrics for high end security and providing safer transactions from wireless devices like PDA's, etc.

* Applications of biometrics technology in identifying DNA patterns for identifying criminals, etc.

* Biometrics airport security devices are also deployed at some of the world's famous airports to enhance the
  security standards.
Biometrics allows you to replace "what you have" and "what you know" security adages with the all important "who you are" byword, hence contibuting one of the most substial benefits to the security arena.

Advantages of biometrics will help in your quest to curb the "Why Biomterics" question. We have enlisted some of the most sought after advantages of biometrics for you;

Advantages of Biometrics : *  Increase security - * Reduce fraud -* Eliminate problems caused by lost IDs or forgotten passwords -
*  Reduce password administration costs - *  Replace hard-to-remember passwords - *  Integrate a wide range of biometric solutions and technologies - *  Make it possible, automatically, to know WHO did WHAT, WHERE and WHEN!