ODI Security Offers Stand-Alone Fingerprint Module

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA & SAN JOSE, CA /BUSINESS WIRE/ -- ODI Security LLC, the "first company to produce a stand-alone embedded fingerprint module in the U.S.," announced the introduction of the "first truly low-cost, power-efficient, stand-alone fingerprint modules for the consumer and commercial markets.

ODI Security designed and manufactured new modules that use patent-pending, high-security algorithms and small-footprint hardware design in combination with Atmel Corporation's FingerChip fingerprint sensor technology and power-efficient ARM 7 processor core. This combination allows the modules to extend battery life that exceeds a year in normal consumer use.

The modules are the result of many years of development by both companies. Through optimized technology, they have the unique ability to be used in all weather conditions, including rain, snow, and temperatures ranging from 85°C down to –40°C, and in extreme user environments, such as with greasy or dirty fingers.

"These are the first truly suitable sensors for use outdoors. Unlike the other sensors, these work as well in the rain as they do dry. Our modules' ability to identify a person's fingerprint under less than ideal conditions allows us to build the first really reliable consumer and commercial products," said Rich Slevin, ODI Security's CEO. "When the Atmel sensor is combined with our patent-pending imaging and algorithm technologies and our optimized hardware design, we can now hit the right price points for these modules and products and offer the first truly usable and affordable biometric products."

Most biometric products have a backup key or keypad to allow access for the roughly 20% of the users that cannot register or for when weather conditions are less than ideal. In contrast, the ODI modules do not require such backup due to their inherent reliability. The modules are the "most robust on the market today."

Atmel's FingerChip technology offers the highest levels of sensitivity and image quality on the market, ensuring operation in difficult environments and with difficult, dry, and poor fingerprints. Its embedded grounded surface electrode ensures excellent ESD protection, and its thick surface coating ensures unbeatable mechanical robustness and protection in all weather.

"ODI's biometric algorithm demands the highest levels of performance, quality, and reliability from the embedded fingerprint sensor's image output. Atmel's FingerChip sensor is uniquely suited to satisfy these requirements," said Martin Squibbs, Biometric Business Development Manager for Atmel. "We are delighted to have worked with and supported ODI Security in combining the FingerChip's industry leading performance with ODI Security's excellent biometric software and integration expertise and Atmel's low-power, high-performance ARM 7 microcontroller."

All modules contain a complete user interface, and LED feedback for registration and use. They also provide low-battery indication and the ability to drive up to five different lock actuators. Any of these actuators can be supplied as part of a full turnkey lock module for an OEM to develop a lock system easily, without any electronics knowledge. Just add a battery and follow the mechanical design reference guide to build any number of different locking systems from a briefcase lock or door lock to a padlock.

The modules also have a full serial port and IR communication capability, allowing them to be used as part of larger systems, such as a multi-door access-control system. The IR enhancement can be used in a multi-lock application to maintain the user template database of an unlimited number of locks using a secure PDA or Laptop, making these modules incredibly versatile. ODI Security can also provide a software development kit (SDK) with full documentation and source code for developers to design their own systems, from Wi-Fi interfaces to time and attendance devices.

ODI Security provides design support or can design the product or system to any specification, including low-cost off-shore manufacturing, making it a truly one-stop biometric solution provider for any OEM.

Modules come in several sizes and option packages and are targeted at consumer and commercial applications. Cost of the modules is also targeted at the various applications through the unique relationship between ODI Security LLC, and Atmel Corp., which allows for low cost. It has also enabled optimization of the code and operating system that reduces the battery requirements.

Modules and SDKs are available directly through ODI Security, LLC, or can be purchased through selected Atmel franchised representatives worldwide.

About ODI Security LLC
ODI Security LLC is a spin off from ODI, a 15-year-old consumer products company, with expertise in imaging, biometrics, and small-code-space algorithms. For more information, visit ODI's Web site or ODI Security online.

About Atmel
Atmel is a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of microcontrollers, advanced logic, mixed-signal, nonvolatile memory, and radio frequency (RF) components. Leveraging one of the industry's broadest intellectual property technology portfolios, Atmel is able to provide the electronics industry with complete system solutions focused on consumer, industrial, security, communications, computing, automotive, and biometric markets. For additional information, visit Atmel's Web site.

Atmel and FingerChip are registered trademarks of Atmel Corp.